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  • Grumbles from the Town: Mother-Goose Voices with a Twist
  • Wordsong, Boyds Mills Press| Publication Date: Sept 13, 2016

  • Written by Jane Yolen And Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Illustrated By Angela Matteson

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1590789229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590789223

Poets Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich take 14 Mother-Goose rhymes that have been enjoyed by generations of children, and twist them in ways sure to delight modern kids. The poems have strong rhythm and rhyme, making Grumbles from the Town a terrific read-aloud. This lavish volume includes the original Mother Goose rhymes, endnotes that briefly describe their history, and an introduction that invites readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives and "create magic".

"Matteson's acrylic-and-colored-pencil illustrations on wood board smoothly incorporate racial diversity;... The artwork is lively and fanciful - Humpty rides a skateboard, and Miss Muffet's plotting spider strums a banjo." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Creative... broad-ranging… spins on Mother Goose nursery rhymes… Whimsical, cartoonish acrylic-and-pencil illustrations incorporate playful details and decorative page embellishments, blending classic scenarios and contemporary settings and elements. A playful addition to any poetry section." — Booklist