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James Marshall's Mother Goose Paperback – September 29, 2009

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"In glittering hues, the cartoon characters illustrating the many verses in this volume provoke sidesplitting laughs," remarked PW. "The klutzy girl bellowing for Little Boy Blue to get back to work, the furious swine neglected by Lazy Elsie Marley, and all the actors in various dramas are the sine qua non of fun."
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James Marshall is just plain funny and [this book] is funnier than many or even most Mother Gooses. (The New York Times Book Review)

In glittering hues, the cartoon characters illustrating the many verses in this volume provoke sidesplitting laughs. (Publishers Weekly)

Although numerous editions of Mother Goose have appeared over the years, James Marshall's will need no defense. In his inimitable style, he has filled the pages with a hilarious and memorable cast of characters. . . . The book is a subtle and funny treatment of traditional material in which the characters tell stories all their own. (The Horn Book)

A perfect introduction to the Grande Dame's repertoire for youngest listeners. Full of sunny, airy, and artfully simple pictures this volume contains some of Mother Goose's cheeriest and most lilting rhymes. (Harper's)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reissue edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312581424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312581428
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Marshall (1942-1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including THE STUPIDS, MISS NELSON IS MISSING!, and the ever-popular GEORGE AND MARTHA books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children's books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master's degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life's work as one of the finest creators of children's books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on December 30, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I picked up this book at a used library book sale and have just been thrilled with it. The choice of rhymes includes both the old favorites and some unfamiliar ones. The illustrations are hysterical and add such a flavor to the lines. We started reading this to our 1 year old daughter when she was a newborn and now just quoting the rhymes is enough to calm her in the midst of any distress. My husband and I are constantly finding different nuances in the illustrations that make it a pleasure for us to read to our daughter again and again and again. Finally, I applaud Mr. Marshall's choice of the upbeat, nonviolent nursery rhymes which lend themselves to years of retelling without having to explain some of the darkness of other Mother Goose rhymes. Bravo!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Suttle on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
i expected a cute little nursery rhyme book for my nephew but it seems like the pictures used could be a little more animated to attract young readers attention.
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