Awkward verse rains on this homemade parade.
Gramma arrives on her pink bicycle (seen through the window) with homemade banana bread and a basket full of surprises (although the basket could never hold all that comes out). From that basket, Gramma creates the titular “hooray parade” with puppets behind a curtain rigged across the window. Readers join the granddaughter and her stuffed toys in guessing which animal is coming next, with shadows providing hints. Jaunty, repetitive rhymes are often awkward: “Rhinoceri are bobbing by / orange balloons on their fingers / orange balloons on their toeses / orange balloons on the horns on top of their noses / balloony here, balloony there / balloony rhinos everywhere.” Bold pastel illustrations and colorful captions stand out against a white background, good for sharing with a group. But, there is nothing new or interesting here, and there’s no real story. An accompanying song by Joosse, “Hip Hooray Parade,” may be found on her website.
Recommended only for those in desperate need of more interactive books for preschool children or for avid fans of the author. (Picture book. 2-5)