This successor in format to The Random House Book of Poetry equals that title in its capacity as a basic work for any child's book collection and surpasses it as a worthy example of its illustrator's work. No corners are cut here, either in text or illustration (although the quality of paper and reproduction could be better). Most familiar Mother Goose rhymes are found in their entirety, as well as many that may be new to the reader. All are illustrated, in a cornucopia of drawings which demonstrates the range of Lobel's technique and imagination Some rhymes have each verse illustrated in a tiny but detailed sketch; others have an entire, two-page spread devoted to one short lyric (as in "Wee Willie Winkie"). Some pages show an ingenious combining of the themes of several verses to create one illustration: "Bye, baby bunting," "The north wind doth blow," and "Baa, baa, black sheep" together create a pleasant, winter pastoral scene, for example. Most illustrations are rollickingly entertaining, but a few, such as "Misty, moisty morning;" are thoughtful or even, as "Diddle, diddle dumpling," extend the idea in a new, more poignant direction. This book's beauty and wit will extend its use far beyond the nursery, both as a treasury of verse and a treasure chest of Lobel's art.

Pub Date: Oct. 20, 1986

ISBN: 0517078864

Page Count: -

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1986

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...


With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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