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Old Monster Goose has turned Mother Goose's world of nursery rhymes inside out! Here she presents twenty-five deliciously disgusting poems, filled with rodents and maggots, zombies and ghouls, spiders, and of course, monsters.

A collection of twenty-five nursery rhymes, rewritten to feature vampires, ghouls, mummies, the Loch Ness monster, and other fearsome creatures.

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Old Monster Goose has turned Mother Goose's world of nursery rhymes inside out! Here she presents twenty-five deliciously disgusting poems, filled with rodents and maggots, zombies and ghouls, spiders, and of course, monsters.

A collection of twenty-five nursery rhymes, rewritten to feature vampires, ghouls, mummies, the Loch Ness monster, and other fearsome creatures.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dark humor buffs or those who giggle at the gross will be roaring."—School Library Journal

"Strikes a nice balance between goofy and ghastly."—Publishers Weekly

"Great fun and should achieve a delighted reaction of 'E-e-e-w Gross.'"—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sierra (There's a Zoo in Room 22) and Davis (Bedhead) replace storybook characters with their ghoulish alter egos in this silly-scary Mother Goose knockoff. Every spread presents one revised rhyme and pictures the comical doppelg?nger of a familiar figure. In "Mary Had a Vampire Bat," a fiendish girl frightens her classmates with her pet: "She brought him out for show-and-tell;/ The teacher screamed and ran./ And school was canceled for a week,/ Just as Mary planned." Green-skinned "Cannibal Horner" chomps off his own thumb ("A tasty young morsel am I!"), and the usual mouse is upstaged in "Slithery, dithery, dock,/ The snake slid up the clock." Sierra invites a sing-along in "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Slug" and "The itsy-bitsy spider/ Climbed up the warthog's snout," and she turns a song of sixpence into an even less appetizing yarn: "Sing a song of sea slime, sewer gas, and sludge./ Four and twenty wharf rats dipped in mocha fudge." Davis, working in acrylics and colored pencil, crowds his illustrations with monsters, vermin and gross gags. But he indicates the verses' humor by giving the characters diabolical ear-to-ear grins, shifty eyes and skulky postures. The Goose has been spoofed before, but this volume strikes a nice balance between goofy and ghastly. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
These clever poems for those children who have outgrown Mother Goose are just ghoulish, foolish and yucky enough to keep kids turning the pages with glee. They will enjoy the twisted versions of the old nursery rhymes. Remember when a lamb followed Mary to school? Well, now Mary has a vampire bat and her plan to bring him for show-and-tell and scare the teacher into closing school for a week, comes off without a hitch. "Little Miss Mummy" replaces "Little Miss Muffet" and she does not sit daintily upon a tuffet. Three fish hide in the tub waiting in "Rub-a-Dub-Dub," which doesn't sound terribly frightening, except that these three fish are piranhas "with very poor manners,/They hide and wait for you." When Mother Hubbard wants a bone for her dog, she doesn't check out the cupboard, she heads for the graveyard and takes the toe of Skeleton Joe, who follows her home. The playfully creepy illustrations are a perfect match to the text and provide additional laughs. 2001, Gulliver Books/Harcourt, $16.00. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-Dark humor buffs or those who giggle at the gross will be roaring over Sierra's wonderfully crude and macabre take on 25 familiar nursery rhymes. Tamer ones like "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Slug" may be shared with the younger set, but many, like "Cannibal Horner," need more maturity for full appreciation. Each rhyme is a winner ("Jack Sprat/Ate some fat/And drank some gasoline./He lit his pipe/And in one swipe/Invented Lean Cuisine"), made even more hilarious through illustration. Davis employs acrylics and colored pencil on watercolor paper to construct toothy cartoon characters that include a mad-scientist-eyed Mother Goose typing away on her laptop computer, a green cannibal "Eating a people potpie," and Addams Family-type characters. Your problem with this book will be keeping it available to students since teachers may hoard it for themselves.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In "monstrous" revisions of some traditional Mother Goose rhymes, Sierra plays to an audience of modern youngsters who adore ghouls and gore. Most of the poems follow the general rhyming patterns and meters of the originals. But the images are all Sierra's. Little Miss Mummy keeps her guts in a jar and a spider inside her. There are three piranhas waiting to pounce in "Rub-a-Dub-Dub." The zombie who lives in a shoe has maggots. Cannibal Horner eats people potpie. Davis's acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations are appropriately amusing and disgusting. The layout is imaginative and visually exciting. Each poem, with one exception, covers one-fourth of a two-page spread, while the illustration covers the remaining three-quarters and seems to spill over onto the text. The layout poses a problem in a few instances, when key elements of the illustration disappear in the fold and spoil the continuity. In addition, there is one poem in which the text is presented in scattered ribbons across both pages, so the eye does not scan the lines in correct order. But the poems and illustrations are great fun and should achieve a delighted reaction of "E-e-e-w Gross." Images of a killer tomato, vampire sheep, and those lurking piranhas in the bathtub might be just a bit nightmarish for really young readers. But it's a fiendishly good time for everyone else. (Poetry. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152054175
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 485,991
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

JUDY SIERRA is the author of many picture books, including What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? She lives near San Francisco, California.

JACK E. DAVIS is the illustrator of the popular Zack Files series as well as picture books including Bedhead and Music over Manhattan. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    Great book

    This book is an excellent book to use in a Poetry Unit for teachers. It is also excellent to use with parents who have children. You can compare and contrast the original Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes with the Monster Goose versions. The kids love it!

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