World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of Review (Candlewick Press)

What It Is

This new collection of poems is about some of the more obscure and absurd holidays that have found places on the calendar. “Holidays” such as Ohio Sheep Day, National Pig Day, Cow Appreciation Day, among many others are each recognized with their own poem that touches on the day’s significance. And, many of the poems feature witty puns. For example, as noted for National Skunk Day — “If the skunk did not exist, Then the skunk would not be mist. ” So bad, it’s good!

Is It Fun?

These days, there seems like there is a holiday for everything. There’s even an International Bacon Day! Not all of author J. Patrick Lewis poems are rhyming, but they are clever and tons of fun. Adding to the humor and laughs are Mr. Lewis’ puns and Ms. Raff’s comical illustrations.

Who It’s For

The publisher recommends World Rat Day for kindergarten and up. Six is a good entry age as a child would need a more sophisticated sense of humor than a preschooler might have to catch on to the puns and witty humor.

What To Be Aware Of

This title is only available in hardcover, but a good pick if you are a poetry fan.

  • Quality

  • Read-it-Again Score

  • Fun-and-Learning

  • World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of published by Candlewick Press
  • Written by: J. Patrick Lewis
  • Illustrated by: Anna Raff
  • We recommend this book for kids ages 5 and up