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Mother Goose Numbers on the Looseby Leo Dillon
Synopses & Reviews
The numbers are on the loose--hiding and dancing, skipping and laughing through the rhymes of Mother Goose! Its a good thing Caldecott Medal-winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon have helped gather up all these mischievous numbers in a stunning celebration of counting, rhymes, and imagination.
The rhymes, both familiar and lesser known, are ordered from simple (1, 2, 3) to more complex numbers, making this a collection to grow with. The illustrations are filled with surprising wit and whimsy. And this vibrant, playful volume is irresistible as an introduction to Mother Goose or as a new delight for her longtime fans.
Includes a note from the illustrators.
"A wholly original Mother Goose book, the Caldecott-winning Dillons' (Jazz on a Saturday Night, reviewed Aug. 6) collection of number rhymes is so imaginative and playful that each reading yields something new and unexpected. A cast of humans and animals parades across the stark white pages like carnival-goers, some of them sporting elaborate Renaissance masks and clothing. The sophisticated images, however, never interfere with the simplicity of the well-chosen rhymes. Brilliantly colored numbers, letters and inanimate objects become sideshow characters engaging in ancillary action. As the king is in his counting-house and the queen is in her parlor, a knobbly-skinned alligator dressed in a Sir Walter Raleigh — esque jacket and a cat in an Elizabethan ruff peer down from the roof. Opposite, the cat curls up in a laundry basket while the alligator gazes longingly at the blackbird who has just 'snapped off' the cone-shaped nose mask of a maid hanging out the clothes. Numerous minor characters populate every page, and the Dillons endow each with distinct individuality. Two 'O-U-T spells out' rhymes feature a queen and her froggy king deciding the fate of a chorus line of seven worried potatoes in purple fezes and frills, while opposite, Mary is seated on a milking stool and 'eating cherries off a plate.' Despite the incongruities of plot and characters' sizes, the spread is remarkable for its unifying design and execution. Inventive, artistically dazzling and full of wit, this Mother Goose collection is absolutely irresistible. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A collection of nursery rhymes from award-winning creators Leo and Diane Dillon
About the Author
LEO & DIANE DILLON have together illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winner Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema. The Dillons live in Brooklyn, New York.
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