//It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles

It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles

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It’s raining pigs and noodles,
it’s pouring frogs and hats,
chrysanthemums and poodles,
bananas, brooms, and cats.
Assorted prunes and parrots
are dropping from the sky,
here comes a bunch of carrots,
some hippopotami.

The master of mischievous rhyme, Jack Prelutsky, and his partner in crime, James Stevenson, have whipped up a storm of a couple of hundred hilarious poems and zany drawings. Grab your umbrella—and ensure it is a big one!

Brace yourself for more pun-ishment from the playful Jack Prelutsky and illustrator James Stevenson, creators of The New Kid on the Block, Something Big Has Been Here, and A Pizza the Size of the Sun. More than 100 Prelutsky poems populate the pages–a mixture of 8-year-old-boy humor, nonsense poetry in the tradition of Ogden Nash and Edward Lear, and clever, continuously unabashedly shameless, wordplay. At the same time as there are lots of, many doozies, our favorite is “Hiccup!,” excerpted here:

I’ve tried gulping hiccup water,
stood upon my hiccup head,
held my breath until my hiccup
hiccup face turned hiccup red.

Chronic cogitators are celebrated in “Quibble Q. Quing” (who thinks about things), and wild imaginations in “Purple Orangutans:” (“Rabbits and parrots play tag in the stars, / marshmallows march in the meadows of Mars… / these are a number of the wonders I find / in the magic museum I keep in my mind.”) Children find a kindred spirit in Prelutsky, a poet who knows full well that overweight underdogs and chocolate-covered salami and Sniffing Snutterwudds are at all times worth a giggle. Stevenson’s understated (but at all times expressive) line drawings suit this silly collection to a T. (Perfect for reading aloud to younger readers, but wordsmiths ages 9 and older will pick up all of the puns.) –Karin Snelson

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