All Fall Down

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LeUyen Pham’s adorable, vibrant illustrations bring Mary Brigid Barrett’s singsong text to life in a board book for the very young.

From a bright tower made of blocks to a boisterous family playing a game of Ring Around the Rosie, there are many ways to join things together — and watch them tumble in a delightful heap!

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Overview

LeUyen Pham’s adorable, vibrant illustrations bring Mary Brigid Barrett’s singsong text to life in a board book for the very young.

From a bright tower made of blocks to a boisterous family playing a game of Ring Around the Rosie, there are many ways to join things together — and watch them tumble in a delightful heap!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/25/2013
One might reasonably expect this board book from Barrett and Pham to riff on “Ring Around the Rosie.” But while a scene featuring that game closes out the book, Barrett celebrates lightly destructive fun of all kinds, whether it involves toy blocks, sticks and stones, or dinner: “Spoon potatoes in a mound,/ plopping green peas all around./ Plunk spoon and cup atop the plate./ Daddy reaches out—too late!/ All fall down!” Working in gouache, Pham offers a multicultural crew of kids who couldn’t be more excited about building things up and then sending them flying. Simultaneously available: Pat-a-Cake. Ages 2–5. Illustrator’s agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Jan.)
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Barrett celebrates lightly destructive fun of all kinds, whether it involves toy blocks, sticks and stones, or dinner... Working in gouache, Pham offers a multicultural crew of kids who couldn’t be more excited about building things up and then sending them flying.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

[B]uoyant energy and equally diverse cast. ... [Y]oungesters will recognize the exuberance represented here as their own.With its companion title, a playful romp in a please-touch-and-explore world.
—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Bright colors and sturdy pages are requisites for board books for little people, as are repeated words and scenes of daily life. This title meets those requirements but falls a bit short with uneven rhyme schemes and unrealistic activities for outdoor play. In the opening double spread, a cat watches as two children build a tower of blocks. “All Fall Down!” is the refrain as we see the glee with which the children knock over the tower. The next scene shows three children playing near a stream. “Find a black rock and a stick. Floating, drifting downstream—quick.” The children “add a leaf, then a stone, and top it with an old pinecone.” Then the refrain is repeated and we see the children falling and splashing into the stream. This reviewer is confused by “black rock(s)” that can float. Lava rock? I would have preferred that an adult had accompanied the children as they played in the stream. The child in the high chair makes a mound with potatoes and peas and manages to make them “fall down” before Daddy can intervene. The family dog is jubilantly awaiting the resulting floor feast. The last spread shows a family that has been playing ring-around-the-rosy as they “all fall down.” Reviewer: Sheilah Egan; Ages 0 to 3.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763644307
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 935,965
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Brigid Barrett has written and illustrated many award-winning picture and board books, including Shoebox Sam. In addition, she served as creative editor for Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, published by Candlewick Press. She is the president and executive director of The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. She lives in Franklin, Massachusetts.

LeUyen Pham is the author-illustrator of Big Sister, Little Sister and has illustrated many other books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio. With Candlewick Press, she illustrated God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams and Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood. She lives in San Francisco.

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