These 39 bouncy rhymes require a little practice before reading aloud; the rhythms are tricky, but irresistible. Each author contributes about half the pieces here, which includes a sprinkling of traditional ditties (e.g., ""London Bridge""), poems about people (""Granny,"" ""Doctor Kill,"" ""De Bottleman,"" ""Queen Foot-She-Put""), games (""Skipping Rope Spell"" is printed in spirals), animals (in the title entry, a mouse disavows any knowledge of clocks), and even an eco-rap (""Baby-K Rap Rhyme""). Young children hearing these may just get up to dance. The scratchboard illustrations are as bright and saucy as the verse. These are less literary, more dependent on dialect, and for younger audiences than Ashley Bryan's Sing to the Sun (1992), Lynn Joseph's Coconut Kind of Day (1990), or Monica Gunning's Not a Copper Penny in Me House (1993). It's hard to locate favorites without an index or table of contents, but the endpapers place the poems perfectly with a colorful map of the Caribbean.