From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–The ghosts, monsters, and dragons are amusing and not the least bit scary in this congenial picture-book gathering of short verses from Moore's Spooky Rhymes and Riddles
(Scholastic, 1973) and See My Lovely Poison Ivy
(S & S, 1975). A Dragon whose size was quite whopping/Breathed fire all day without stopping./No child seemed to mind/For he really was kind/And kept all the popcorn a-popping. Double-page gouache scenes provide visual interpretations of the offerings and sometimes add a touch of innuendo. While Fine's use of charcoal gives the pictures a bit of a dark cast, the children and creatures depicted are all pretty much everyday, homely folks enjoying themselves. A few of the poems are suggestive, leaving more to the imagination. No one knows what hatched out of an egg that grew and grew, big as a hat,/Big as a house, and bigger than that (although the image of a large eye, surrounded by green scales, peering in through a window might provide a clue). Children can also wonder about the origins of the print of A twelve-toed foot/Two yards wide left in the snow. Illustrated with humor and warmth, these poems are simple enough for independent readers and silly enough to evoke chuckles and giggles during read-aloud sharing.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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The 15 poems in this collection were published more than 30 years ago in the late poet Moore's Spooky Rhymes and Riddles
(1972) and See My Lovely Poison Ivy
(1975). Fine's new illustrations add deliciously shivery fun to the slithering rhymes and creepy words. Children will love the simple play with sounds and images--from the monster's birthday cake ("In the shape of a snake / And trimmed with octopus goo") to a ghost causing mayhem in the supermarket--and they will recognize the edgy, nightmare stuff: the giant eyeball at the window; the ghost in the elevator; the shadowy terror in the fog. Great for a Halloween read-aloud. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved