Hey Diddle Diddle

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It's a musical menagerie! Hey diddle diddle, the cat plays the fiddle, the cow ... plays the silver trombone! Eve Bunting's fresh take on a familiar rhyme, enlivened by Mary Ann Fraser's whimsical illustrations, offers spread after spread of exuberant animals showcasing their musical talents. From the camel jamming on the trumpet to the whale keeping the beat on the drums, young readers will relish their front-row seat to this delightful animal orchestra.
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Overview


It's a musical menagerie! Hey diddle diddle, the cat plays the fiddle, the cow ... plays the silver trombone! Eve Bunting's fresh take on a familiar rhyme, enlivened by Mary Ann Fraser's whimsical illustrations, offers spread after spread of exuberant animals showcasing their musical talents. From the camel jamming on the trumpet to the whale keeping the beat on the drums, young readers will relish their front-row seat to this delightful animal orchestra.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Pure whimsy . . . is what [Bunting] delivers here." --Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
The first page of this book begins like the familiar nursery rhyme—with a cat and fiddle. But there is no cow jumping over the moon. Instead, there are other silly animals that play instruments. Bunting plays with nonsense words making them rhyme, such as "Hey diddle dum, the whale bangs the drum." The rhythmic structure of this text makes the reader get into the music of the words. In the end it is revealed that these larger-than-life animals that have danced and played music across the page are really parts of a wind-up music box, powered by a child. The illustrations allow each animal to have its own spread. The reader gets to zoom in and see the expressions on the faces of these silly animals playing trumpets, bass, piano, guitar, saxophone, and more. Then at the end, we see the same animals in miniature and the child looms large. This is a delightful reader for young children. Bunting's word acrobatics make it fun to listen to, and Fraser's illustrations make the animals come to life. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Starting with the first line of the well-known nursery rhyme, this story introduces a group of animals that play musical instruments. At the beginning of the book, they appear to have only one fan—a bluebird that follows them from page to page, until a boy shows up on the scene. His interaction with the band comes as a surprise, but he holds the key to an important secret about the animals. Variations of the phrase "Hey diddle diddle" appear throughout; for example, "Hey diddle dumpet,/the camel blows trumpet" and "Hey diddle darp, the mouse plays the harp." Rendered in acrylics, the lively cartoon illustrations appear against vivid backgrounds of purple, yellow, blue, and pink. While the pig and camel are dressed up, the seal and whale look more natural. Catchy rhymes encourage children to imagine the different sounds these instruments make and to appreciate what happens when the dog strikes up the band.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Bunting is perhaps best known for her skirmishes with heavy weather—racism, riots, homelessness, war—but that is not to deny her talent for pure whimsy, and that is what she delivers here. "Hey diddle diddle, the cat plays the fiddle," starts the classic, tomfool nursery rhyme. Enter the cow, but it's not jumping over the moon, it "plays the silver trombone." Then Bunting starts over, with a twist: "Hey diddle dum, the whale bangs the drum, / the seal's on the big saxophone"; "Hey diddle dumpet, the camel blows trumpet, / the elephant's awesome on bass." Fraser's accompanying artwork is cheery and saturated, the colors running from cool to hot, and the animals presented in comical two-page spreads, some discombobulated, some hep cats—sunglasses, a fez—even when they aren't cats. Then a young boy enters the picture, and there is a radical shift in perspective, a drawing back to show that the animals are part of a music-box band ensemble, a richly populated, wind-up toy orchestra that's as visually playful as a fancy birthday cake. Not the least of the music made here will be in a sing-along read-aloud, with accompanying guffaws to mark the time. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590787687
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 703,222
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Eve Bunting is the author of the Caldecott-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. Among her many other titles are Will It Be a Baby Brother?, Mouse Island, Emma's Turtle, Baby Can, My Red Balloon, My Special Day at Third Street School, and Girls A to Z. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Mary Ann Fraser is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many books for children, including Pet Shop Follies. Her other books include I. Q. Goes to School, How Animal Babies Stay Safe, and In Search of the Grand Canyon: Down the Colorado with John Wesley Powell, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Simi Valley, California.

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