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Children's LiteratureThe traditional nursery rhyme about the Grand old Duke of York and his ten thousand men is the base on which the authors have built adventures in verse, filled with silly nonsense. "And when they are up they knit scarves./And when they are down they knit socks./And when they are only halfway up./They knit overcoats for rocks." These ridiculous notions every page or two leave plenty of room for the illustrator's imagination. She creates ornately uniformed soldiers in big black hats with faces right off traditional playing cards. All manner of things appear in the double-page scenes: a big brown bear, a festive board overloaded with food, flock of white doves, all painted in bright, intense colors. More assorted items are depicted in borders down one or both sides of the pages, in colored washes. The visuals supply a good part of the fun. The music and all the verses are included at the end, followed by the authors and illustrator appearing as the King and Queen of Hearts and the Queen of Spades. 2004, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 6 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz