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THE GREAT NURSERY RHYME DISASTER

Author: David Conway

Illustrator: Melanie Williamson

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, 2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: Little Miss Muffet declares that she is tired of her nursery rhyme. So she explores the other stories in her book. When she does, chaos erupts. All the nursery rhyme characters get mixed up. This is a fractured nursery rhyme that combines loves of classic stories.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 3.4

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids loved the humor - and reading this over and over again. My daughter loves how funny it is when the characters get mixed up. She likes seeing the characters in the wrong stories, especially the pages that describe everything going awry. For my son (6), it was the silliness of the characters ending up in different stories. His favorite was when Miss Muffet gets embarrassed in Hickory Dickory Dock.

I knew my children would enjoy this book but I was not expecting my three year old to love it as much as she did. She requested that we read the book multiple times a day for several consecutive weeks.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the creativity of this book. It helped my kids see nursery rhymes in a new way and understand consequences from their actions affect other people.

Pros: Hilarity ensues when Miss Muffet tries to fit into other nursery rhymes! The story funny, creative, and will be asked for a lot!

Cons: Some of the sentences were written with incorrect grammar (e.g., ending with prepositions) and that was distracting for me.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. My 3-year-old still hasn't grown tired of this book, we will buy it for her in the near future.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY?   GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS (as retold by Mo Willems)   RUFUS AND FRIENDS RHYME TIME

Educational Themes: After reading this book my children and I talked about the impact our decisions have on other people.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, rhyme, animal characters, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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