Bonnie & Ben Rhyme Again – Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek

    Bonnie & Ben Rhyme Again – Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek,                                 Beach Lane Books, 9781534453524, 2020

Format:  Hardcover

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

Genre:  Rhyming Picture Book, Nursery Rhymes

What did you like about the book? The concept of siblings Bonnie and Ben going for a long walk with their friend Skinny Doug is cute. Along the way they recite well known nursery rhymes that their surroundings remind them of. It starts as they climb a hill and recite Jack and Jill. They proceed with Little Bo Peep when they see a couple of sheep, on to Little Jack Horner at a plum tree and creating a parade of the characters they pick up along the way. The simple and diverse illustrations are pleasant. After a long walk the stars are coming out in the sky and Bonnie and Ben run into their parents’ arms. After a rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle the group heads home and Bonnie and Ben proceed to their beds with nothing more to say.

Anything you did not like about the book.  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Preschools, public libraries, parents.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books.

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No. It may be a good read aloud for parents or teachers introducing nursery rhymes to young children.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Sandy Kelly, Retired: Carlisle  School Library, JV Fletcher Library, Westford, MA

Date of review: 4/2/30/2020

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