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There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat: and Other Vile Little Poems

by Gerda Rovetch

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Summary: These poems were each about a man who had different interests in many "gross" subjects. Each poem was very strange and were considered "vile".

Personal reflection: These poems are fun, and would be especially enjoyed by younger students.

Class use: This could help illustrate to students that poems are fun and can be fun! ( )
  allisonpollack | Apr 28, 2015 |
What a quirky little book! The poems and accompanying illustrations are silly and fun. I'm glad I ran across this book! ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Z said that he finds vile poems wonderful and Halloween-ie. This was funny, but not quite on the par with some of his other favorites. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 30, 2013 |
In this book, a series of poetic tales describe the oddities and quarks of particularly odd males, each one a character of his own. The title describes the poems accordingly, as they do ring of vile tendencies. Some examples of these strange men include one who shoves dead sardines down his pants, another, who’s wife kills the animal he loves with an arrow out of jealousy, and a baker who hides snakes in his bread. The artwork is mediocre at best, but the tales are quite amusing. Recommended for any child who bears a less than sick sense of humour. ( )
  cbruiz | Nov 20, 2008 |
This is poetry from the id. I love the mono-colored illustrations. Freaky and funny and wise the way a 4 year old is wise. Awesome storytime choice for 4s and up! ( )
  isaacfellows | Oct 3, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039925014X, Hardcover)

There was a man who loved a rat. He fed it ham till it got fat.
He kept it in his bed at night, and rather hoped it wouldn’t bite.

A man who keeps a chicken in a cube and feeds it through a tube. A man who came to harm because three gerbils bit his arm. A cunning little mobster who kept a large and lively lobster. This collection of absurd verse and quirky line illustrations will charm children and adults alike. If Shel Silverstein had collaborated with Edward Gorey, the fruits of their effort may well have resembled this book.

With its fun trim size and abundant humor, There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat is bound to become a lasting favorite and crossover hit.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:33 -0400)

A collection of absurd verse.

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