Perfect Picture Book Friday! World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of by J. Patrick Lewis

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is National Poetry Month, this is a book full of fun poems and yesterday, April 4th was World Rat Day!

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rat-day-cover-2450World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of

By J. Patrick Lewis

Illustrated by Anna Raff

40 pages – ages 6-8

Published by Candlewick on March 12, 2013

Theme/Topic – Poetry/humor/books for boys

Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the inside jacket –

“No one will ever forget Ewe” on Ohio Sheep Day (July 14). No mata mata how hard we try on World Turtle Day (May 23).

These two holidays are just a taste of the wild and wacky – and real – holidays you should be celebrating.”

Why I liked this book –I first read about this book on Jama Rattigan’s blog (click HERE) and I asked my mom to get it for me because I thought I would really love it… And I DID!!! This was an awesome book! The poems are top-notch, and the illustrations are awesome too! I love everything about it especially that the wacky poems are based on REAL holidays! This is a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month! J. Patrick Lewis is an AWESOME poet! And the fact that he’s Poet Laureate is even better! I also like that the rats show up on all the pages in the book no matter what the holiday is. I think all kids and adults will LOVE this book!

Activities and Resources –

Create your own wacky holiday and write a poem about it!

Here’s my made up holiday –

International Walk Like a Penguin Day

NOTE** After I “made up” this holiday, I googled it and guess what?!? It is a REAL holiday! HA HA! It’s on December 6th.

English: King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus...

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Waddle waddle,

Here I toddle.

Back and forth, side to side,

Topple forward, now I slide.

Slip, slop,

Belly flop!

Splash! Water! I am in!

Oh dear, I can’t swim…

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!



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45 replies

  1. Very cool Erik! I at first thought eek! when I read rats but they actually look cute. Love the idea of celebrating holidays this way. Loved your poem to, by the way. Great choice for PPBF.

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  2. I love rats…pet ones that is. 🙂

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  3. Funny poem. And funny that “Walk Like a Penguin Day” is already a holiday!! My favorite obscure holiday is “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” though I’m pretty bad at it.

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  4. Great choice, Erik! I wonder how many people are actually celebrating some of these holidays?! Maybe more now that the book is out…

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  5. Superb post, Erik! I’ve got that book too it’s great!

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  6. I’m a fan of Anna Raff, and I love quirky stuff like Bulldogs are Beautiful Day, so this is on my list now!

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  7. Love those crazy holidays! Adding this one to my library list 🙂

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  8. Cupcake Day!! Yum!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  9. I was excited to read this when Jama wrote about it as well Erik!

    Nice review.

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  10. What a fun book! Rat Day!?! Haha. Who knew?

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  11. What a hoot! I liked the video. Who would have thought. I googled National Skunk Day and found out that there is a day June 14. Sounds like a very entertaining book. By the way, sheep are big here and it almost coincides with the Ohio State Fair. Loved your poem.

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  12. Great review, Erik! So glad you got the book and liked it :). Your penguin poem is just too cool. I didn’t know there was a Walk Like a Penguin Day. 🙂

    Your friend,
    Ms. RATtigan

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  13. Great penguin poem and I actually like rats, though they are a little bit too tame here in new York! What a super recommendation, I want this book too!

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  14. Nothing like a rat or two, to spark your interest, speak to you, a poem’s line or three or four, and leave you wanting even more…

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  15. This is great! Who comes up with this stuff and how does it become official? People are crazy, I think! But we love celebrations at our house and are always looking for good excuses to party so we must check out this book! And that’s a great penguin poem! Thanks for sharing it all!

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  16. Love your poem Erik. My favourite holiday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

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  17. I love your poem. You have a good grasp of poetry. I hope you keep a journal of your poems. You might have a book’s worth in no time. Love the book. Once again, you beat me to the review. 😡

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  18. Erik…thanks for a super book review (as always)! I love this book…what a great idea this author had…wacky holidays are so much fun!
    And your poem…is FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing your talent and gift with us…we are the fortunate ones. 🙂

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  19. I thought that this was a brilliant idea the first I heard about it from Jama I think. Can’t wait to find this book in our libraries! 🙂 J Patrick Lewis is an absolute favorite.

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