"Hey diddle diddle" begins a favorite nursery rhyme we can all recite in our sleep -- all the way to the end: "and the dish ran away with the spoon." In this clever picture book, author Janet Stevens asks "What if Dish and Spoon never came back?" What follows is a hilarious adventure filled with groan-inducing puns and tons of silly illustrations.
When Dish and Spoon fail to return, their trusty friends -- Cat, Dog, and Cow -- set out to find them (but not before Cow and Dog suggest some hilarious alternative endings to the verse, all rejected by Cat!) As they begin their journey, they run into a Fork in the Road, who supplies them with a map of the area. Following the map, they meet up with nursery rhyme characters like Miss Muffet, Little Boy Blue, and Humpty Dumpty and question them about Dish and Spoon. (Among the book's delights are a remorseful Spider and a Big Bad Wolf decked out in an apron and bunny slippers.) They finally find Dish and Spoon, who have tumbled out of Jack's beanstalk and broken into pieces. But after a trip to Jack's repair shop, where they are expertly glued together, everyone hurries to make it home before the rhyme is read again.
This wonderfully silly tale combines familiar characters with a fresh, adventurous story line and spirited, funny illustrations, making it a must-read for every kid. (Amy Barkat)