Cat and the Fiddle and More

Cat and the Fiddle and More

by Jim Aylesworth, Richard Hull

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As a tribute to Mother Goose, Aylesworth has taken rhyme writing to new lengths in this zippy picture book. The prolific wordsmith has fashioned a collection of ``Hey Diddle Diddle'' ditties that begin with such phrases as ``Hey fetter fetter'' or ``Hey sunny sunny'' followed by an appropriately sportive verse. The satisfyingly silly outing has pans and pots, combs and brushes and socks and boots (among other things) running away with each other. An ideal complement to the rollicking text, Hull's grainy, textured pastel paintings--his first for a children's book--are almost frantic with action. Vibrantly hued tables, chairs, brooms and rakes bat their eyelashes as they dance across the crowded, borderless pages. Youngsters will relish the energy here and may--as the final verse suggests--tackle rhymes of their own. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- As he did in The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock (Atheneum, 1990), Aylesworth takes a familiar nursery rhyme and expands it, adding 13 verses to ``Hey Diddle Diddle.'' Since each verse has the same structure and similar phrasing (``The little rabbit girl, worm, lizard, colt, snake, etc. laughed/ To see such sport . . . ''), it grows monotonous when read straight through; at the end, the author invites readers to make up their own variations, but many children may already be weary of the game by that point. Hull's full-spread illustrations have a grainy, lithographic look, and are packed with rubbery, stick-limbed figures hurling themselves madly about, their silly gestures and expressions tempting children to linger over each scene long enough to make sense of the chaos. Frenzied and overelaborate, but certainly a cut above Hickey's Mother Goose and More (Additions, 1990).-- John Peters, New York Public Library
Julie Corsaro
The pictures are the puzzle in this wacky compilation featuring a dozen variations on "Hey Diddle Diddle." "Hey holler holler! The possum found a dollar . . ." Even if precocious preschoolers are familiar with the critters that populate these nonsense rhymes, they may have trouble identifying first-time illustrator Hull's imaginative and distorted renditions of them in similar hues and textures. The bustling settings are more versatile, and include a subway station, a summer camp, a merry-go-round, and a fairy tale castle. While the slightly older crowd may be put off by the Mother Goose connection, they're likely to have better luck with the game element. Teachers may also find this useful for spurring creative writing.

Product Details

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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