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I brought my rat for show-and-tell : and other funny school poems
Horton, Joan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [2004]

Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
A collection of poems about school, including "Cafeteria Food, " "Mrs. Hall's Instructions for the Class Picture, " and "What I Tell the Bully."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.6 0.5 77357.
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You don't bring your rat to show-and-tell. You do mouth off to the class bully, but only when you're safe at home in bed. These are just some of the lessons to be learned in this hilarious collection of school poems-guaranteed to tickle any kid's funny bone!

Author Notes

Joan Horton grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut. She earned a BA and an MSW from the University of Connecticut. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a medical technologist and a social worker. Horton takes inspiration from Mother Goose.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3. Silly and gross, this title with 18 rhymes and wild, colorful cartoon illustrations in the All Aboard Poetry Reader series takes the fear out of learning to read and shows that books are fun. At the class party a boy gobbles cupcakes galore, and throws up. In a scenario many kids will recognize, Geraldo has gotta go, and the picture shows him rushing for the Boys. A kid insults the big bully (your brain's a whole lot smaller than those cooties on your head ), but only when the kid is safe at home in bed. With the slapstick, there's an occasional note of yearning and loneliness: Tina does get a valentine--the one she sent to herself, just in case. Best of all is the pure nonsense: There must be a gimerick / To writing a limerick. The lesson here is the joy with language. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Although the rhythm is sometimes slightly off, the content of these poems is right on target for beginning readers, hitting the funny bones of young children. Rat has 18 poems based on school experiences-the cafeteria, homework, class picture, and the like. Grasshopper Pie consists of five silly poems including one that tells the perils of being near a sneezing elephant. The rhyming words will help emerging readers in decoding, as will the colorful illustrations. Children may need help with words such as "frightening," "photographer," and "caught," but on the whole they will be able to master the books and share them with their classmates. Fun additions to easy-reader collections.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

I Brought My Rat for Show-and-Tellp. 6
Cafeteria Foodp. 10
How to Do Your Homeworkp. 12
Brendap. 16
The Classroom Partyp. 17
Mrs. Hall's Instructions for the Class Picturep. 18
Thanksgiving Playp. 22
Poetry Assignmentp. 26
Snow Dayp. 27
Christopher's Math Testp. 28
What I Tell the Bullyp. 30
Harveyp. 32
Homework Paperp. 36
Valentine's Dayp. 38
Answer Pleasep. 40
Principal's Intercom Announcementp. 42
The Monster in Our Classroomp. 44
Bubble Gum Rapp. 46