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It's Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky
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Aug 01, 12

bookshelves: pratt-children-s-lit
Read in July, 2012

While often compared to Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutzky's poems never quite make it there for me. They are nonetheless, very good - funny and surprising, the poems are written with simple rhymes that speak to the trials of childhood. James Stevenson's drawings, which seem like they might wiggle off the page, only add to their appeal. Some of the verse in this collection, does fall flat, and it occasionally seems as though some poems that could have been left out have been added in for filler. The majority of the book, however is strong, and kids will have fun with the language and the difficulties the poems speak of. The common plights of cleaning one's room and having to eat liver for dinner, as well as the more unusual, but not un-relatable conundrum of having a pet tomato when all of your friends have pet asparagus, will keep kids repeating the book's verse long after the book is back on the shelf.
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