And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

Janet Stevens, Author, Susan Stevens Crummel, Joint Author, Janet Stevens, Illustrator
Janet Stevens, Author, Susan Stevens Crummel, Joint Author, Janet Stevens, Illustrator Harcourt Children's Books $17 (56p) ISBN 978-0-15-202298-3
Reviewed on: 05/01/2001
Release date: 05/01/2001
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The creators of Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! here serve up a concoction of visual treats and broad jokes as Cow, Cat and Dog search for their missing colleagues, Dish and Spoon. After previewing a page with the famous rhyme from Mother Goose, the authors showcase an alarmed feline rousing a reluctant Dog and Cow: ""EVERYBODY UP! They didn't come back!"" The cow, exhausted from his jumping, suggests that they simply eliminate the lost duo from the rhyme altogether: ""We could end it, `and the cow took a nap until noon.' "" Puns fly freely as the trio begin their search and come to a Hawaiian shirt-sporting fork (in the road), who says that he had spotted the missing characters; the utensil offers to ""take a stab at"" drawing them a map to aid the quest. Map in hand, the friends encounter an array of nursery-rhyme characters, including Spider, who regrets having frightened away Little Miss Muffet; and Wolf, dressed in a festive apron and bunny slippers, who attempts to lure Dog into a vat of boiling water. Additional stanzas to the original rhyme, which run along the sides of white-framed vignettes, help chronicle the ultimately successful hunt. Droll flourishes fill this Caldecott Honor artist's animated watercolor and colored-pencil pictures, enhanced by photographic and digital elements. Kids will gobble this up. Ages 5-8. (May)
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