Eeney, Meeney, Miney, Mo

Eeney, Meeney, Miney, Mo

by B.G. Hennessy

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The popular toe-counting rhyme is given expanded dimension by the quirky illustrations of this jingly jungle walk. Eeney, Meeney, Miney and Mo are four little guys who seem to have wandered off a set for Star Trek . They all have matching sets of red horns, two of which serve as ears and one as a nose. As they prowl the jungle in their vivid red space suits, they seem to pick up telepathically on all sorts of mischief. On their madcap race, they collect a tiger, an elephant and a humming monkey that chews banana bubble gum. Unable to keep up the frantic pace, the animals finally holler, ``Eeney! Meeney! Miney! Mo! / It's time for you to let us go!'' In spite of occasionally faltering verse, this happy romp provides lots of aimless fun and frivolity. Utilizing deep hues enhanced with crosshatch shading, Galli's ( Inside Noah's Ark ) unusual character sketches bristle with good humor. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Based on the familiar children's rhyme, this is the rollicking story of Eeney, Meeney, Miney, and Mo, four imaginary characters who catch a tiger by the toe and force him to accompany them on a romp through a generic jungle. Riding haphazardly upon the tiger's back, the foursome encounter a variety of animals, including a banana bubble-gum-chewing monkey, an ice-cream-eating mouse, a well-mannered zebra from Timbuktu, and a polka-dotted leopard. Each of these animals joins the chase, until Eeney, Meeney, Miney, and Mo send them home at the tiger's request. As in The Missing Tarts (Viking, 1989), Hennessy bases her story on a rhyme that will be recognizable to children, building an original text around a familiar theme. Although the rhymes are sometimes strained, the story maintains the tone and pace of the original verse. Galli's colorful illustrations capture the action of the story, with large, simply drawn animals set against an abstract background. The elflike figures of Eeney and friends, depicted as little men wearing red and orange suits, with red cones for noses and ears, do not seem to fit naturally into the rest of Galli's jungle. However, the book's bouncy energy makes it an adequate choice for story time or individual reading. --Joy Bisesto, Carngeie Library of Pittsburgh

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Penguin Publishing Group
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7.12(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)

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