No Hickory No Dickory No Dock: Caribbean Nursery Rhymes

No Hickory No Dickory No Dock: Caribbean Nursery Rhymes

by John Agard, Cynthia Jabar, Grace Nichols

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite the subtitle of this disparate collection of nearly 40 ``Caribbean'' verses, only six of its entries are authentic folk rhymes-the remainder are an uneven selection of original poems by the Guyana-born Agard and Nichols. In ``Baby-K Rap Rhyme,'' for example, jaunty stanzas alternate with the refrain ``poop po-doop/ poop-poop-po-doop'' and unexpectedly lead to a polemic: ``Dey pumping up de chickens,/ Dey stumping down de trees,/ Dey messing up de ozones,/ Dey messing up de seas.'' Mother Goose characters put in occasional appearances (Humpty Dumpty is befriended by ``little Hugh/ who fixed him up with super glue''). Other poems celebrate sights and sounds particular to the islands (``A certain old lady from Caribee loved the sound of kis-ka-dee-kis-kis-ka-dee''), and nearly all make use of dialect. But the strongest flavors here derive from Jabar's (How Many How Many How Many) scratchboard illustrations. Full of zest, lit with tropical colors, these pictures fairly dance across the pages. Ages 4-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Jabar's scratchboard illustrations warmly and richly depict the Caribbean islands. The collection of poems and rhymes appear to be less traditional and more those of the authors. Unfortunately, they just aren't that interesting, and for many readers, the meaning will be rather obscure.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A collection of 39 original and traditional rhymes that supposedly capture language patterns found among Caribbean populations. These renderings are a poor representation of rhythmic expression when compared to Agard and Nichols's A Caribbean Dozen (Candlewick, 1994). Many of the selections are choppy, with timing difficult to grasp, and Jabar's brightly colored scratchboard illustrations are inconsistent in quality and proportional design. This rendering is a great disappointment in view of the extraordinary execution found in the authors' previous work.-Barbara Osborne Williams, Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, NY
Hazel Rochman
Children will enjoy the rhymes and the parodies in this lively collection that takes Mother Goose to the Caribbean in all her dancing energy and nonsense. The lines have a musical beat, and the scratchboard illustrations capture the island scene with brilliant tropical colors and folk-art exaggeration. Agard has a great ecology rap ("Cause dey pumping up de chickens, / Dey stumping down de trees, / Dey messing up de ozones, / Dey messing up de seas" ). Nichols builds up a funny disaster cumulative rhyme ("De popcorn wouldn't pop" ). Humpty gets put back together with superglue. Not all the pieces are as good, and some of the rhymes fall flat, but the singing sounds and slapstick in a fresh contemporary setting will appeal to those who've had enough of Little Miss Muffet.

Product Details

Candlewick Press
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Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 10.53(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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