Grumbles from the Town

Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Jane Yolen and,‎ Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Illustrator: Angela Matteson
Publisher: WordSong
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9781590789223
Pages: 40

Mother Goose has taken a flight into fancy in this great little book of poetry. The old woman’s shoe knows just what to do and where to do it, from tongue to sole. What do the Fork, Plate, and Spoon think of hey-diddle-diddling? What did the pail feel as he plummetted down the infamous hill? These poems are alternate takes on some very familiar nursery rhymes. At the back of the book the original poems are included as well as a short paragraph revealling the origins of each.

These are fun tongue-tripping sing-song rhymes with clever points of view. The poems are well done and humorous with vibrant illustrations that invite the reader to linger and ponder each poem and page. Budding poets and artists alike will enjoy this compendium and be inspired to write and doodle a few pages of their own. In addition to this book’s entertainment value, it is also quite educational with the information located on the last few pages. This is a well balanced visual and lyrical read.