Other Goose: Re-Nurseried and Re-Rhymed Children's Classics

J.otto Seibold, Chronicle, $19.99 (80p) ISBN 978-0-8118-6882-2
Seibold's manic characters and seasick palette give Mother Goose a jolt of Red Bull. Humpty Dumpty buys elevator shoes, Little Boy Blue gets a tuba ("The sheep are in Venice,/ and the cow's in Aruba"), and his old woman, who lives in a sneaker, buys a stereo that ruins her hearing. Some rhymes are amped up ("Mary played a guitar jam/ with her little lamb"), some are goofy ("The little doggie clapped,/ the toothpaste stayed capped,/ and the cow cheered along with the moon"), and some need work in the rhyme and meter department ("He searched all the shelves/ again and again/ until Humpty found/ a true bargain"). The verse hardly matters, though, because the splat-bang humor and frenetic visuals grab most of the attention. When Simple Simon can't remember why he's at the fair (he's simple, after all), a flowchart in the sky above him starts with "PIE!" but all roads lead to "WHY?" Packed with offbeat snark, this collection is as likely to end up on a 20-something's coffee table as it is to join the bedtime reading pile. All ages. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/27/2010
Release date: 09/01/2010
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