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I know everyone loves Willem’s “Don’t Let the Pigeon…” books, but me, I’m way more fond of this and several of his others I’ve posted on the blog.  From the book jacket:

“6½ stories about 2 surprising friends. Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising.  Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books.  Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them.  But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and not entirely welcome—surprise?  The result might be unexpected indeed.”


The cover pretty much says is all.  Very clever and highly silly pairings of animals and their unlikely clothing await inside.


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.


You don’t say, giant squid??  Look out for that whale!!


One of my all-time favorite authors teams with his wife for this gem. Wondrous, reverent, charming.  From School Library Journal Review:

“Once I saw seven birds on the telephone wire. They didn’t move and they didn’t move and they didn’t move. I looked away for just a second….” Three lines of identically positioned birds on wires appear with the text across the spread. Then a page turn reveals a thick, black, empty wire stretched across a stark white spread along with the words “and they were gone.”

Sold yet?


This book is magical.  Read it aloud to your children and you might end up teary-eyed like I usually do.


Louise the chicken was not the least bit chicken. She longed for adventure and plenty of it! When she’s had her fill of pirates, the circus, and faraway lands, it’s always nice to know her friends are waiting for her back at the hen house.



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