Riddledy Piggledy

Riddledy Piggledy

by Tony Mitton, Paddy Mounter
     
 

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RIDDLEDY PIGGLEDY IS is a unique nursery rhyme book that young children will love. Award-winning poet Tony Mitton has chosen a selection of well-known nursery rhymes, including Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill, and for each one has written a clever, rhyming riddle containing clues to help the reader guess which classic rhyme is on the next page. Each

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RIDDLEDY PIGGLEDY IS is a unique nursery rhyme book that young children will love. Award-winning poet Tony Mitton has chosen a selection of well-known nursery rhymes, including Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill, and for each one has written a clever, rhyming riddle containing clues to help the reader guess which classic rhyme is on the next page. Each rhyme and each riddle is beautifully illustrated by Paddy Mounter. The combination is delightful.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The clever collection Riddledy Piggledy: A Book of Rhymes and Riddles by Tony Mitton, illus. by Paddy Mounter, poses poetic riddles that have Mother Goose rhymes as answers. "Chop, Chop, Chop" describes "Three tiny pairs of dark glasses/ (dropped)./ Three little gray tails/ (cropped)." The answer (here, "Three Blind Mice") appears on the next page as the rhyme in full. Mounter's cheerful cartoons offer clues as well. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This new addition to nursery rhyme collections presents Mother Goose rhymes with a twist. The riddle rhymes pose questions, answered in the nursery rhymes on the following page. In the riddle titled "Picnic Website," the question is "A bowl and a spoon (with cobwebs on), but nobody knows where the owner's gone." The answer? "Little Miss Muffet," of course. Humorous, cartoon-like illustrations pair perfectly with the text (When Old Mother Hubbard's dog bows, his tail catches on fire) in a book that's sure to delight the story-time set. Text and picture clues are simple enough for the youngest listeners. A dented bucket not far from a well? It's Jack and Jill, naturally. Turn the page to answer "Peepo! Sheep-Ho!" and discover Miss Bo-Peep, binoculars at the ready, with her sheep hiding right in plain sight. A clever, fun book for the youngest Mother Goose fans. 2004, Random House Children's Books, Ages 2 to 6.
—Augusta Scattergood
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this collection, Mother Goose invites readers to guess traditional nursery rhymes from various clues. Right-hand pages feature a three- to six-line riddle with an illustration: "Some bread and honey/and an empty pie,/and a bunch of blackbirds/singing nearby." The rhyme in question appears in its entirety on the verso. The titles of the riddles give hints as well, as in "Tub Trio" for "Rub-a-Dub-Dub." Some of the common verses (such as "Jack and Jill") are an easy guess, but others (e.g., "Little Tommy Tucker") are more of a challenge. This book is not for the standard nursery-rhyme audience of preschoolers. The premise requires a strong familiarity with Mother Goose and a modicum of sophistication. For example, children have to know that blind people sometimes wear dark glasses to guess correctly from the clue for "Three Blind Mice." Mounter's quirky color cartoons also seem geared to an older audience. If children can move beyond the cover and the content, which may initially strike them as babyish, they should enjoy this guessing game, and readers may be inspired to create riddles of their own.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The nursery rhymes are nearly all familiar, but with a twist. Each is introduced by a rhyming riddle, a telling illustration, and the couplet, "What's the answer? Let me see . . . / Have a think. Now what can it be?" Turn the page, and there's a nursery rhyme that answers the riddle. This actually plays out rather cleverly, as in "Sky Pie" with its picture of a pot of honey, a half loaf of bread, a very empty pie pan, and the verse "Some bread and honey / and an empty pie, / and a bunch of blackbirds / singing nearby." The next page, of course, has "Six a Song of Sixpence." The illustrations are full of agitated line and sharp color, with cartoon exaggeration of faces and figures and some rather anthropomorphized animals like Old Mother Hubbard's dog. Lighthearted and worth a storytime or two. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385750240
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/14/2004
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.13(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Mitton is fast becoming one of the best-loved voices in children’s poetry today. The author lives in Cambridge, England.

Paddy Mounter was born in a small village in Somerset, England. He studied graphics at art college and spent 10 years working in advertising agencies and studios in London. He returned to Somerset, where he has lived ever since, and is now a full-time illustrator and writer of books for children.

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