Little Miss Muffet turns a series of familiar nursery rhymes on
their heads when, sick of that scary spider, she escapes into the
pages of the book to find a new rhyme. But the Grand Old Duke of
York marches too much, getting water with Jack and Jill gives her a
headache and she gets all wet sharing a page with Johnny Flynn and
Tommy Stout. While Miss Muffet rather enjoys running with the
spoon, the dish feels somewhat put out and raises a fuss, which
spills over onto the other pages. In the ensuing chaos, Miss Muffet
tiptoes back to her familiar rhyme. Williamson's signature style
uses combinations of basic shapes to create her characters. Bold
colors and patterns and a typeface that echoes the action complete
the effect, creating a visually busy tableau in which the
nursery-rhyme characters run amok. Reminiscent of the craziness of
Jane Breskin Zalben's Hey, Mama Goose, illustrated by Emilie
Chollat (2004), and Alison Jackson's If the Shoe Fits, illustrated
by Karla Firehammer (2001), this fits the genre with zany
precision. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews)
Little Miss Muffet is bored of her own nursery rhyme so goes in
search of a new nursery rhyme to be in. But before you can say
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, the whole book of
rhymes is thrown into chaos! With some of the most favourite
rhymes, including The Grand Old Duke of York, Jack and Jill,
Hickory, Dickory, Dock, Ding, Dong, Bell, Hey Diddle, Diddle, Sing
a song of Sixpence, The Queen of Hearts, and Little Miss Muffet.
"Melanie Williamson's illustrations are eye-catchingly quirky and
superbly original." - The Observer
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