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!


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.

  2. I love rats…pet ones that is. 🙂

  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.

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

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

  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!

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

  8. Cupcake Day!! Yum!

    Love and licks,

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

    Nice review.

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

  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.

  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

  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!

  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…

  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!

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

  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. 😡

  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. 🙂

  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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