From the Children's Poet Laureate comes a year-round ode to wacky holidays just begging to be celebrated.

Nobody should ever forget Ewe on Ohio Sheep Day (July 14). No mata mata how hard they may try on World Turtle Day (May 23). If you've never heard of Dragon Appreciation Day, International Cephalopod Awareness Day, or Yell "Fudge!" at the Cobras in North America Day, it's not because they don't exist, it's simply that they needed someone to spread the word. Luckily, the fantastically zany poems of J. Patrick Lewis and Anna Raff's equally hilarious illustrations have memorialized these holidays forever. So get out your calendars — from Happy Mew Year for Cats Day to Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, World Rat Day (April 4) calls for a year-round celebration.

Available March 12, 2013.

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Publisher's Weekly says:
"Lest readers forget to observe (actual) holidays like Worm Day (March 15) or Yell 'Fudge!' at the Cobras in North America Day (June 2), Lewis offers a lyrical reminder, with several of the special occasions crashed by a squadron of rats. In honor of Pink Flamingo Day (May 29), Lewis fashions a concrete poem: "A Flamingo is a long cooooooooool drink of something pink," and for International Cephalopod Awareness Day, a scuba-diving rat with a toilet plunger greets a doe-eyed octopus: "I wish I was an octopus/ In inky-dinky weather./ Then you and I could octopush/ Our suction cups together." Raff's loose washes with ink details exude personality and humor (a skunk's photo shoot has her posing next to a bottle of "Eau de Eeeew!") in this gleefully silly crowd-pleaser."

J. PATRICK LEWIS has written more than seventy books for children and is the current Children's Poet Laureate. He lives in Ohio, where, between author visits at schools, he weeps copious tears that his grandchildren live so far away.

ANNA RAFF is an illustrator based in New York City where there are reportedly four rats per human resident. WORLD RAT DAY is her first book with Candlewick Press.

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