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Mary Had a Little Lamp Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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About the Author

This is Jack Lechner's first children's book. He was a producer for The Fog of War and is the author of Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You: One Man, Seven Days, Twelve Televisions (Crown).
ILLUSTRATOR INFORMATION: Bob Staake is a cover illustrator for The New Yorker. He has co-authored and/or illustrated over 40 books, including Hello, Robots! and The Red Lemon.

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  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599901692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599901695
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Some kids like cuddly bears. Some like fuzzy blankies. Some like the comfort of a binky. But Mary isn't like other kids. Instead of a bear, a blankie or a binkie, she carts around a lamp.

Mary had a little lamp--
The bendy, gooseneck kind.
And everywhere that Mary went
She dragged the lamp behind.

We love this fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme. What's especially fun about this zippy, silly book is Mary's attitude. This perky little individualist doesn't give a flying fig what others think of her appliance. Her teacher scolds her, the kids tease her and her parents worry. None of this matters to Mary. She simply likes her lamp, and that's that!

When Mary's parents, sure that she has some strange affliction, take her to the doctor, Lechner delivers one of our all time favorite lines:

Their doctor said, "I've never seen
so puzzling a condition.
But lamps are not my specialty
You need an electrician."

Staake's brightly colored illustrations use simple shapes and lines to create a lively, graphic style. Sure to be a favorite at storytimes everywhere--this book will light up your libraries!
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I took this book to my child's Kindergarten class as a guest reader. Every one of the 20 kids was laughing out loud by the end.

I can't give a better review than that!
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Format: Hardcover
Mary Had a Little Lamp is just the right blend of funny, silly and clever. My boys love this book!
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This book is absolutely adorable, and overall a perfect children's book. Catchy and simple enough for children to read over and over again, and sophisticated and clever enough that you won't mind reading it. The illustrations compliment the zany, yet touching text wonderfully--my favorite touch is the lamp tucked into its own lamp bed, and the rhymes are really remarkable...and stay in your head. Overall, a great book that should be a classic.
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Mary Had a Little Lamp is a rhyming children's picturebook that subverts the popular nursery rhyme "Mary had a little lamb." Instead of being about a girl and her beloved lamb, Mary Had a Little Lamp is about a girl and her beloved... lamp. Everywhere that Mary goes, the lamp goes too; she is attached to it despite her parents' fussing, and is never embarrassed about it. Then one summer, things change: "She spent the summer swimming / and canoeing, and she found / That she could have a lot of fun / Without the lamp around." Mary learns to leave the lamp at home, and gains a new attachment - to her toaster! The exuberant bordering on silly illustrations add the right tone of exaggerated humor to this playful picturebook.
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By BookFish on January 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Our four and a half year old son has been infatuated with cords of all kinds and electrical appliances for over two years now. When we saw this book in his Scholastic book flyer from school, we had to have it. It is funny and sweet and clever. Our son LOVES it. He "helps" us read it by saying the last couple of words of many of the parts. He also has now found a new love....a bendy gooseneck lamp that we had on a desk.
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This book is actually fun for adults to read. Its rhymes are clever and the plays on words are creative. Each verse follows the Mary had a Little Lamb rhythm in unexpected and hilarious ways. The weird, entertaining graphics add another layer of fun. My 3-year-old loves it, and I honestly enjoy reading it to her every night. Highly recommended.
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This book is so clever! I thought it was just plain fun. The reviewer who called it Unsafe and inappropriate!!!!! should just lighten up. Any kid can see that Lechner has created something so silly that no one would really go dragging a lamp around. Please visit [...] to read more of my reviews of children's books.
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