If It Rains Pancakes

Haiku and Lantern Poems

From the Series Poetry Adventures

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

What is a haiku? It sounds like a sneeze. And isn’t a lantern a light source? Actually, they are two types of ancient Japanese poetry. Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary explains how each form works—and shows how these little poems can contain big surprises!

If It Rains Pancakes is packed with poems to make you chuckle, puzzle, and ponder. And when you’ve finished reading, you can try your hand at writing your own haiku and lanterns!

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.1
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042000, JNF042010
Dewey 811'.54
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Guided Reading Level O
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, and author. He is best known for his books written for grade-school children that explore grammar, math and poetry in humorous ways. In his role in the digital division of American Greetings, he's put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, William Shatner, Meghan Trainor and more. The multi-million selling author has performed poetry workshops in 500 elementary schools across the county. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Andy Rowland

While studying for a degree in Manchester, Andy Rowland accepted his first drawing award, the Macmillan Children's Book Prize. Years later, he has more than twenty published books to his name. He lives in England.


  • Illinois Monarch Award Nominee, Nominated, 2015


Library Media Connection

“Lower grade teachers can use this title as a fun read-aloud, while middle and upper grade teachers can employ the book to instruct students on the two poetry forms and to assign their students assignments to create poems themselves.” —Library Media Connection

Kirkus Reviews

“Wonderfully crafted and illustrated: a delightful, effective primer for budding poets.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“The poetry in both sections varies from thoughtful to silly. . . . The explanatory texts provide clear instructions and encouragement for readers creating their own poems.” —School Library Journal


“[T]his will be welcomed by classrooms studying poetry.”—Booklist