A groovy Mother Goose with blue hair and hip sunglasses rides atop her gander over gawking city dwellers in grid-locked traffic. A beatnik cat in “Hey, Diddle, Diddle” busks for coins as he plays his fiddle on a city bench. Mary’s Lamb hails a cab to trail her bus to school.

The rhymes are timeless and untouched, but Yaccarino’s off-kilter take and stylized cartoon drawings make it completely fresh and modern. Saturated colors fill the pages nicely with just enough clean white backgrounds to balance them. Yaccarino uses a blend of well-known classic rhymes mixed with more obscure ones, also interweaving people from all ethnicities throughout the book. A must for Mother Goose lovers.

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