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This Canadian duo contributes a sprightly addition to the growing literature of children's street and playground verse. Their offering is chock-full of the poems of childhood: counting rhymes, jumprope rhymes, tongue-twisters, shaggy-dog stories (``I came before you / To stand beyond you . . . ''), irreverent variations on ``Mary Had a Little Lamb''' and more. Kovalski, departing from the warm, cozy style she established in such titles as The Wheels on the Bus , here combines historical woodcuts with her own pen-and-ink drawings to create wonderfully lively black-and-white spreads which nod at Edward Gorey in their prankishness. Her figures interact with one another and even with the verses' text: speech bubbles issue from gargoyles, riddles are written on a blackboard, lettering traverses the horizontals of a jumprope and a dog's leash. More droll than outright mischievous, in contrast to the Opie/Sendak I Saw Esau , and with a picture-book format that suits it to a slightly younger audience, this collection is similar in its ample capacity to entertain, surprise and delight. Ages 8-up. (Aug.)
Carolyn Phelan
A Canadian professor of children's literature, Booth presents an assortment of anonymous children's rhymes, including playground taunts, jump rope chants, and autograph rhymes as well as other light, irreverent verse. Some selections will amuse kids so much they'll want to try them out on their friends; others don't quite seem to belong in the collection at all. Some sound in vogue, while others seem rather antiquated. The artwork also combines the old and the new, with nineteenth-century engravings sometimes incorporated into the ink drawings. Kovalski's style, sophisticated yet humorous, is reminiscent of Edward Gorey's work. Though Booth includes no source notes for individual rhymes, the appended bibliography, "Other Collections of Schoolyard Rhymes," is quite good. Recommended for larger collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550740790
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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