If It Rains Pancakes by Brian P. Cleary

If it rains pancakesIf It Rains Pancakes by Brian P. Cleary

Description from Goodreads

Brian P. Cleary explains and demonstrates how to write two types of ancient Japanese poetry: haiku and lanterns. Short introductions outline the basic rules of each form, and the poems range from hilarious to touching, with lighthearted illustrations adding to the books appeal.

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this short taster of the haiku and lantern poetic forms of ancient Japan. It is a great way for children to be introduced to these forms, and to poetry in general.

Illustrated throughout with fun pictures by Andy Rowland, the images help bring the poems to life for children and grab their attention.

The simple and relevant poems will be fun and interesting to children and adults alike. Children will be able to relate easily with the content and topic of the poems. The book is reasonably short and so can be read with them in one sitting, or maybe two, splitting the sessions between the two poetic forms.

I would recommend this book as an enjoyable and informative read to share with your children. Learning whilst having fun is always the best way.

This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by Netgalley and the publisher.