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And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Hardcover – May 1, 2001
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Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel pick up where the nursery rhyme leaves off in this witty, entertaining romp. Young readers will "laugh to see such sport," as characters from fairy tales and Mother Goose mingle, make puns, and occasionally join forces to find the wandering tableware. The hilarious facial expressions and lively scenes by Janet Stevens invite readers to stay a while on each page. Stevens is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Tops and Bottoms. She and her sister-collaborator have previously teamed up on Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!, Shoe Town, and Tumbleweed Stew. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
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The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed to see such a sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon."
Until this unique take on the well-known story, the tale has always ended the same, but suddenly there is mayhem in fairytale land when "They didn't come back!" as planned, beginning the rhyme all over again. So cat, dog and cow are off by the light of the silvery moon to discover the fate of the dish and the spoon before all the beloved nighttime stories are turned upside down. If this mystery isn't sorted out, who will ever be able to get a good night's sleep?
Thankfully, the confused trio runs into Fork, who "makes a stab" at drawing a map, one that includes the homes of Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, the Three Bears, the House That Jack Built and even Humpty Dumpty's wall. Lurching from one possible hiding place to the next, cat, dog and cow are soon frustrated, leaving Little Boy Blue behind in hopes of better information from Little Miss Muffet. The trio is fearless, even approaching the Big, Bad Wolf in their quest. Finally, in the most unimaginable place, dish and spoon come crashing into view, although a bit the worse for wear when dish goes all to pieces.
The fanciful illustrations are energetic and humorous, tiny faces charged with the intensity of the hunt for the rest of their rhyme. With happy energy the thoughtful friends traipse all over the Fork's map, not content until reunited with dish and spoon. This colorful romp teaches more than one lesson as friends search for their missing pals: how to read a (scribbled) map, how to assess the intentions of others (like a hungry and devious Wolf!) and the importance of asking for help from others. Now that these enchanting, lifelike animals have intruded upon the kitchen, this particular children's rhyme will never be the same! Luan Gaines/ 2005.
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This is not just a retold nursery rhyme book. This is a lushly illustrated, turn-the-book-upside-down every few pages, version of "what if. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paula
My kids love this, we read it over again and again. the flow of the book id fun and the illustrations are great both of my kids enjoy this book, age 7 and reading well and age 2... Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Beth
My kids and I Love all the books by these sisters! It was Very amusing. An old story with a twist.Published on March 23, 2014 by Paula
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA~ what else can you say? We've enjoyed this book for years! It's witty, and quick. And still oh so familiar.Published on October 23, 2013 by Andrew Malone
My students loved hearing this story that entwined their favorite nursery tales into one. The very clever plot tells of the escapade had by the little dog, the cow, the dish, the... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Christine Villegas