Title: The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster Author: David Conway Illustrator:Melanie Williamson First Published:Hodder Children's Books 2008 This Edition: Hodder Children's Books 2010 Found: Borrowed from library
What's it all about?
Muffet is bored of her nursery rhyme and she has had quite enough of that scary
spider that comes to sit down beside her. She decides that what she really
needs is a change, so she's off to find another nursery rhyme to be in. She
wanders through the pages of the nursery rhyme book and stumbles across some of
the most popular rhymes and characters. But during her search, things go from bad to worse
when she manages to upset the dish in the "Hey Diddle Diddle" rhyme
and chaos ensues...
I absolutely loved the whole idea! It's light, funny and an entertaining piece to read aloud.
Miss Muffet causes havoc and then returns to own rhyme but then along comes the spider and reminds her just why she wanted to be a different rhyme in the first place!
The pictures are wonderful; bold, bright and done to make you feel that you are following Miss Muffet through the pages of a nursery rhyme book. There are lovely additional details to the pictures that perhaps OJ didn't get, but then a child of around 5-6 years would. On each page there is an animal holding a sign directing the reader to the next page with funny little captions or clues to the next rhyme.
language in the story is obviously based around the traditional nursery rhymes
with Miss Muffet getting herself involved in it, which I thought was well done.
itself wasn't plain typed; there was variety in presentation of text. Examples
of this include wavy, bold, swirled, varying font styles etc.
this book would work very well in reception class on a nursery rhyme topic and
would be a engaging resource in encouraging children to use their imagination
and creativity. My suggestion would be to encourage children to think of other
nursery rhymes to mix up and then maybe produce a display board.
this was a very interesting book to share.
OJ. OJ joined in with the rhymes that he knew and enjoyed telling me that the rhyme wasn't right with Miss Muffet in the middle of it!
"That's not right mum-mum!" - OJ commenting on Miss Muffet marching with the Grand Old Duke...
Book worm rating:
out of 5
A wonderful addition to any picture book bookshelf!