Synopses & Reviews
For more than two centuries, the adorable and clever poems of Mother Goose have served as a delightful first introduction to poetry. Here the Old Dames genius for timeless nonsense is happily matched by a gifted American illustrator who outdid himself in her honor. James Marshall has re-created classic characters like Old King Cole and Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater with his hilarious and witty illustration in this must-have picture book.
“James Marshall is just plain funny and [this book] is funnier than many or even most Mother Gooses.”—The New York Times Book Review
“In glittering hues, the cartoon characters illustrating the many verses in this volume provoke sidesplitting laughs.”—Publishers Weekly
“Although numerous editions of Mother Goose have appeared over the years, James Marshalls will need no defense. In his inimitable style, he has filled the pages with a hilarious and memorable cast of characters. . . . The book is a subtle and funny treatment of traditional material in which the characters tell stories all their own.”—The Horn Book
“A perfect introduction to the Grande Dames repertoire for youngest listeners. Full of sunny, airy, and artfully simple pictures this volume contains some of Mother Gooses cheeriest and most lilting rhymes.”—Harpers
The classic poetry of Mother Goose is combined with the hilarious and witty illustrations of James Marshall in this charming picture book.
About the Author
James Marshall (1942-1992) was the illustrator of over 50 books for children, and the author of many of them including the George and Martha books which became a childrens television show. In addition to George and Martha, the lovable hippopotami, James Marshall created dozens of other uniquely appealing characters. He is well-known for his Fox Series, as well as the Miss Nelson books, the Stupids, the Cut-ups, and many more. Marshall won a University of Mississippi Silver Medallion in 1992, and received the Caldecott Honor in 1989 for Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In 2007, he was posthumously honored by the ALA with the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”