Hey-diddle-diddle! Nursery-rhyme EMTs rescue stranded characters from “Mother Goose.” In verse!
All the animals stop to watch the ambulance zoom by. "Who's had an accident in Storyland today?" they wonder. Turns out it's the farmer's cow, who fell from a great height. A trio of paramedics patches her up, and she responds with a hearty "Moo!" The next day is even busier. They rescue Rock-a-Bye Baby, who fell from a bough. They bandage the nose of a poor washer maid who was bitten by a blackbird, a brother of the four and 20 that were baked into that pie. They race to the notorious wall to tend to the big egg Humpty Dumpty after his fall. The King's Horses and Men arrive while the ambulance crew is using jam and bread to cover Humpty's wounds. Next up is Little Boy Blue, whom they find beneath a haystack. He's none the worse for wear, but his mangled horn needs emergency repair, with hammers and “trumpet tape.” Willis' verse is bouncy without being overworked, and she puns with the best of them. Stewart's illustrations are appropriately bright and busy, offering plenty of side business for cognoscenti. The EMTs are human, two Caucasian and one black, and two of them are comfortably well-padded.
Children just graduating from nursery rhymes will find this a hoot. (Picture book. 3-7)