RIDICULOUS RHYMES FROM A TO Z by John Walker

RIDICULOUS RHYMES FROM A TO Z

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The alphabet gets a good going-over, with each letter showcased in eight illustrated panels; the flurry of words set to rhyme are heavily weighted toward nonsense: ""Beginning with B/is a bookful of words/like bald-headed barbers/and blue barking birds."" The emphasis in Walker's first book is on having grand old time: ""A meeting of mumbling men,/they meet each month of May./Their members murmur messages,/but who knows what they say."" The nutty poems really fly when paired with Catrow's witty illustrations. Once the ABCs are mastered, the book will inspire vocabulary-building; it may be debatable just how often Xerxes, mukluks, and katydids will be deployed by toddlers, but there's no arguing that the book is sheer good fun.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1995
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Bill Martin/Henry Holt