Grumbles from the Town: Mother-Goose Voices with a Twist – Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrations by Angela Matteson

51vnnym-lrl    Grumbles from the Town: Mother-Goose Voices with a Twist – Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrations by Angela Matteson, WordSong, (9781590789223), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  3

What did you like about the book?  This is a poetry collection with poems that offer two other viewpoints of classic Mother Goose rhymes.  For instance, “Song of the Vegetarian Princess” and “Maid Mutters to Herself” complement Sing a Song of Sixpence.  The rhyme, Jack and Jill,  inspires “Hill Memories” and “The Pail’s Take On It.”  The book begins with a little introduction to nursery rhymes and how the poets have reinvented them.  Readers are encouraged to play with rhymes themselves: “Write a funny poem or a serious one. Use your own imagination to create magic.”  The poems vary in length and meter and are complemented by bright illustrations created in acrylic and colored pencil on wood board.  Three Blind Mice is presented in comic book panels with word bubbles as “Mouse Adventures: a poem in three voices.”  The characters represent a variety of ethnicities.  The original nursery rhymes are included at the end along with background information on each rhyme.  This collection will be enjoyed as a poetry collection with a twist on the classics

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a good choice for fans of the previous collection Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy Tale Voices with a Twist.  It is a nice collection for readers of poetry and can also be uses in creative writing classes.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Poetry (811.54)

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/25/17             

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