Hickory Dickory Dock

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Keith Baker displays his trademark flair for color, movement, and rhythm in this vibrant adaptation of the familiar nursery rhyme "Hickory Dickory Dock." A companion to his acclaimed Big Fat Hen, this twist on an old favorite features some serious antics on the part of a busy little mouse. As a huge grandfather clock strikes each hour from one o' clock in the afternoon to midnight, a different animal passes by, and the mouse has a ...

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Overview

Keith Baker displays his trademark flair for color, movement, and rhythm in this vibrant adaptation of the familiar nursery rhyme "Hickory Dickory Dock." A companion to his acclaimed Big Fat Hen, this twist on an old favorite features some serious antics on the part of a busy little mouse. As a huge grandfather clock strikes each hour from one o' clock in the afternoon to midnight, a different animal passes by, and the mouse has a funny interaction with each of them.
    
With counting, telling time, and a cozy bedtime ending to engage them, children will be chiming in for repeated readings.

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Editorial Reviews

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PreS-Gr 2
Using rhyming, rhythmic language, Baker expands the traditional nursery rhyme into an around-the-clock adventure. The story begins as a small rodent scurries up to a grandfather clock standing in a field: "Hickory/dickory/dock,/the mouse/ran up/the clock./The clock/struck one…/it's time for fun!" As the timepiece marks each hour, another creature—a bird, a snake, a rabbit, etc.—interacts with it, and then takes off to follow its own pursuits: "Hickory/dickory/dock,/a pig/oinked at/the clock./Seven/was struck…/he rolled in muck!" Finally, at midnight, the mouse hurries off to bed beneath a star-filled sky. The short stanzas make this tale appealing to beginning readers as well as a good read-aloud for small children. Large, bold illustrations done in Adobe Photoshop capture the whimsy of the text and will hold the attention of the youngest listeners. The boldly delineated clock face, with hands pointing clearly to each hour, may also help with basic time-telling skills. A useful and fun selection.
—Sally R. DowCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
The familiar nursery rhyme gains new verses in this latest from Baker, who rounds out the rest of the mouse's busy hours. When the clock strikes one, "it's time for fun." The little mouse echoes the actions of the many creatures that come by to interact with the clock: He sings along with the serenading bird; flies an airplane alongside the buzzing bees; and investigates the nibble marks inflicted on the clock by a hungry porcupine. Following the rhyme and rhythm scheme of the original perfectly, Baker gets around the difficulties of rhyming seven and eleven by changing the word order: "seven was struck." The illustrations become increasingly somnambulistic as the hours creep toward midnight, when the moon wishes the mouse goodnight and sees him safely tucked into his bed. A great addition to the collection of "singing" books, with the added bonus of helping readers practice counting and time-telling skills. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152058180
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 394,405
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

KEITH BAKER has written and illustrated many celebrated picture books, including Little Green, Big Fat Hen, and Who Is the Beast?, as well as the Mr. and Mrs. Green easy reader series. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    classical rhyme

    This story book is fun to read/rhyme & it is good for preposition learning as well.

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