The nursery rhymes in this collection are standards (``Jack and Jill,'' ``Old King Cole,'' ``Little Miss Muffet'') and the text, set on a white background, is clear and easy to read. It's the illustrations that star here: they positively go bananas all around the words. Cousins's splashes of intense color possess such refreshing clarity and intensity that they hit the reader like a bit of spring on a cold winter day. Her technique is simple yet bold, and she skillfully applies humor along with the thick paint. Inhabited by imaginatively dressed stick people with round faces and rosy cheeks, the book begins with a fine lady on a white horse and ends with Wee Willie Winkie running through the town in a periwinkle-and-white-striped nightgown. This is a glorious addendum to the Mother Goose tradition. Ages 2-5. (Apr.)
Can you guess what Pinky sees? Pinky, the rabbit, is as pink as his name and is always finding a way to occupy his time. He is always uncovering and spying something. He sees and hears a clamor of sounds in the sky, in the trees, in the flowers, and even in the pond. Pinky's enormous ears help him hear well and his glasses to see well. Cousins' book for young eyes and ears invites the reader to guess and lift the flap to discover what is lurking underneath. What Can Pinky Hear? is a companion book. Both have bright, bold hues and heavy, sturdy pages. 1997 (orig.
PreS-Gr 1-- This vibrant, joyous collection of familiar and beloved nursery rhymes is certain to be solid competition for the many fine books of this genre on today's market. The childlike tempra artwork is irresistible in its bright boldness and immediately captures attention. Each cleanly formatted page contains at least one rhyme (two if they are brief). Longer rhymes, such as ``This is the House that Jack Built,'' jump across a double-page spread. The text is sensibly placed in generous white spacing. The end product is creativeness at its best. Children will grab it with delight and beg, ``Read to me, please!'' Young patrons and their teachers will be most happy to see the book on their library shelves--if it's ever there. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH