Grumbles from the Town By Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich; Illustrated by Angela Matteson

Grumbles from the Town

Mother-Goose Voices with a Twist

ISBN: 9781590789223


Published by (2016-09-13)

Poets Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich take fourteen Mother-Goose rhymes that have been enjoyed by generations of children and twist them in ways sure to delight modern kids. These poem pairs feature wildly different voices and perspectives, and Angela Matteson's stunning illustrations add further hilarious details. So while Humpty Dumpty's classmate explains why he's sitting in time-out again, Matteson's art shows Humpty Dumpty as a daredevil skateboarder teetering on a wall. The poems have strong rhythm and rhyme, making Grumbles from the Town a terrific read-aloud. This lavish volume includes the original Mother Goose rhymes, endnotes that briefly describe their history, and an introduction that invites readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives and "create magic."

Book Details

Format: Hardcover
Price: 23.5 CAD / 17.95 USD
Published: 2016-09-13
ISBN: 9781590789223
Page Count: 40
Trim Size: 9 x 11

“This quirky Mother Goose book turns convention on its head. Each of the 14 selections contemporizes a traditional rhyme and pairs it with a rebuttal or an aside by a grumpy protagonist. . . . The artwork is lively and fanciful—Humpty rides a skateboard, and Miss Muffet's plotting spider strums a banjo.” - Kirkus Reviews

"Whimsical, cartoonish acrylic-and-pencil illustrations incorporate playful details and decorative page embellishments, blending classic scenarios and contemporary settings and elements. . . . A playful addition to any poetry section." - Booklist

"The imaginative poems can tickle the funny bone. . . an excellent choice for writing workshops and classroom prompts." - School Library Journal