Last month, I offered a bunch of nursery rhyme books, with a promise to continue this month with some more. Here they are.
As before, I’ve grouped them, starting with fairly traditional books, followed by books that are definitely not traditional. Enjoy!
BASIC and NOT-SO-BASIC NURSERY RHYMES
This Little Piggy by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, musical arrangements by Adam Stemple
This book has over 50 rhymes. Many of the rhymes also have finger plays and musical arrangements. A CD is included. If you have a younger sibling or cousin who likes nursery rhymes, this might give you some fun ideas.
Dan Yaccarino’s Mother Goose by Dan Yaccarino
This book has a very up-to-date feel. It features mostly familiar rhymes with fun illustrations that perfectly capture the rhyme.
The Charles Addams Mother Goose by Charles Addams
Although the nursery rhymes included here are the basic ones, the illustrations most definitely are NOT. Probably the best way to explain the illustrations is to tell you that Stephen King wrote, “Hurrah for this rediscovered treasure!”
NURSERY RHYMES WITH A TWIST
Dragon Pizzeria by Mary Morgan
Two dragons open a pizzeria in Fairy Tale Land and deliver unusual pizzas to fairytale characters. So who ordered the magic-bean pizza? The porridge pizza?
Monster Goose by Judy Sierra
A collection of 25 nursery rhymes have been rewritten to feature vampires, ghouls, mummies, monsters, and other fearsome creatures. Examples: There was an old zombie who lived in a shoe… The illustrations are just what you’d expect – really creepy.
And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
What happens when the dish and the spoon run off and don’t return? With the help of a map, the jumping Cow, the fiddling Cat and the laughing Dog search for them. Various nursery rhyme characters give them not very helpful help.
Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty? by David T. Greenberg, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Not-so-happy (but funny) endings are written for well-known nursery rhymes. Warning: not for the kind-hearted!
Humpty Dumpty Egg-splodes by Kevin O’Malley
Humpty Dumpty is sick of being teased about falling off the wall and decides to get even. He goes on a rampage through town. All the nursery rhyme characters have ideas of how to stop him. Mother Goose’s solution is hilarious!
The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster by David Conway, illustrated by Melanie Williamson
Miss Muffet is bored with being in the same old Nursery rhyme. She trots off to find a different rhyme to be in. Her trip doesn’t go well and she considers returning home until…
The Cheese by Margie Palatini, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Do you know the song The Farmer in the Dell? Everyone, from the rat to the farmer, agrees that the last line, “the cheese stands alone,” is silly and decide to have a cheese party. Don’t know the song? No problem – there’s a link for an online recording.
Nursery Rhyme Comics illustrated by 50 Cartoonists
This is a very fun book! All the familiar nursery rhymes and some not so familiar are illustrated graphic-novel style by 50 different illustrators. Some are sweet, most are hilarious. Not for the preschool set. Definitely a book to check out.
Do you have favorite nursery rhymes? Write them in the Comments box!
PS Looking for a free online story? Try Bob Brooks' weekly Ballymore story. This week's story: The Tea Party