Great books for kids: It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles

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It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles by Jack Prelutsky is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended great books for kids. Melissa Gaynor explains why:

What You Need to Know:

• This book is filled with more than 100 hilarious poems.

• Amusing illustrations accompany every poem.

• In 1996, Prelutsky was the first winner of the Children’s Poet Laureate award.

• There are some challenging words like tandem, ambitious and persnickety.


This is not your traditional poetry. These poems are silly and very funny. I have read this book numerous times with my family, and we always have the same result – laughter, and plenty of it! Each page is filled with zany ideas, rhymes that flow easily off your tongue, and unexpected combinations of words and images. While there is humor in every poem, each one also has its own unique charm. Some are short (only 4 lines long) and some are displayed in a shape to match the subject of the poem. Many include concepts that kids can relate to, like brushing their teeth, cleaning their room or simply having a bad day. Others are completely outlandish, like “I’m Building a Bridge of Bananas”, a poem accurately described by its title. Because it doesn’t need to be read in one sitting, this book is a good one to leave out on a table so that you can enjoy a little bit each day. It is sure to provide endless entertainment.”

Have your children read It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles? What did they think of the book?

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