Three Little Kittens and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes

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This wide-ranging collection of favorite nursery rhymes is selected and illustrated by the award-winning artist Tony Ross.

Every child needs a good nursery rhyme book, and parents will be thrilled with the comical art in this one. Ross’s inimitable illustrations portray these classic rhymes with a contemporary edge and more than a touch of gleeful wit. Perfect for reading together, this humorous book is one to be treasured for many years to ...

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Overview

This wide-ranging collection of favorite nursery rhymes is selected and illustrated by the award-winning artist Tony Ross.

Every child needs a good nursery rhyme book, and parents will be thrilled with the comical art in this one. Ross’s inimitable illustrations portray these classic rhymes with a contemporary edge and more than a touch of gleeful wit. Perfect for reading together, this humorous book is one to be treasured for many years to come.

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Praise for THREE LITTLE KITTENS AND OTHER FAVORITE NURSERY RHYMES:

“Ross’…figures [are] imbued with a gentle sense of comedy and individuality, and the illustrative vignettes are spirited and deft, sometimes approaching the masterful.”—BCCB, Starred Review

"In this British import, Ross (Cottonball Colin) brings his signature wit to 49 classic nursery rhymes...Expressive characters and playful flourishes abound...the book's large trim size and typeface, as well as the many kid-appealing details throughout, make it a fine story-time pick."—Publishers Weekly

The Ross-view of nursery lore combines wit, style, and a dazzling use of line and color with a wild comedy." —Oberserver (UK)

Publishers Weekly

In this British import, Ross (Cottonball Colin) brings his signature wit to 49 classic nursery rhymes. Though Ross generally offers straightforward depictions of the verses' content, expressive characters and playful flourishes abound. The three little kittens' missing mittens reappear on their ears; a cat and mouse steal away with armfuls of bones while Old Mother Hubbard and her dog gaze into an empty cupboard; and the "little piggy" who "had none" jogs on a treadmill while a not-so-little piggy digs into a slab of roast beef. But Ross doesn't shy from the darker sides of certain poems: while some citizens dance to "Ring Around the Rosy," others are ominously lying on the ground, as a figure wearing a plague mask looks on. And in "Sing a Song of Sixpence," a blackbird-with a human nose in its beak-is chased by a maid who very clearly needs it back. Still, most of the rhymes have happy outcomes, and the book's large trim size and typeface, as well as the many kid-appealing details throughout, make it a fine story-time pick. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Ross adds his take to the overcrowded field of nursery-rhyme compilations with this quirky collection. Beginning and ending with a framing story about a grandfather reading the rhymes to a grandchild, Ross opens with "Three Little Kittens" and concludes with "Wee Willie Winkie." He uses lesser-known verses and word choices for some rhymes, such as "Cry, Baby Bunting" instead of the more common "Bye." Most pages include only one rhyme, allowing plenty of space for illustration and preventing crowding. The font is generously large and easy to read. Some more squeamish readers may take affront at Ross's dark choices for certain rhymes, such as the battlefield full of arrows, including a dead horse and arrow-felled knight illustrating "For Want of a Nail." Literalists may find it problematic that the fine lady's "white horse" is depicted as spotted in "Ride a Cock Horse." Ross's sketchy, straggling, often big-eyed artwork, while fun, is a far cry from the gentler versions by Rosemary Wells and Cynthia Long. Larger libraries with extensive collections might include this one, but others can stick with Iona Opie, Tomie dePaola, and Arnold Lobel.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Kirkus Reviews
The first U.S. edition of a large-type, large-format gathering of standard Mother Goose rhymes-plus the occasional interloper, such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." The compiler pares "Old Mother Hubbard" and "Tom, the Piper's Son" down to one verse each, but lets "Simple Simon" ramble on for five and the title rhyme for a long four. There is no particular order or progression to the 49 selections, and a "frame story" in which Nelly asks her Granddad for a story "about real things" adds little to the experience. Aside from a Little Piggy who "had none" while exercising on a treadmill, Ross dresses everyone in old-time garb in his loosely drawn illustrations, and interprets the verses with slavish literalness. Although readers are almost certain to find one or two rhymes previously unfamiliar to them, overall it's an ordinary outing, unlikely to displace the collections illustrated by Richard Scarry or Rosemary Wells, or to make much of an impression on the diapered set. (Nursery rhymes. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805088854
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 793,914
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

TONY ROSS was born in London and trained at the Liverpool School of Art. He has worked as a cartoonist, graphic designer, and art director of an advertising agency. He is now considered to be one of England’s finest contemporary children’s illustrators, and his books are published all over the world.

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