Baa, Baa Black Sheep: 9

Moira Kemp, Author, Moira Kemp, Illustrator Dutton Books $4.99 (10p) ISBN 978-0-525-67331-6
Immensely cheerful Victoriana irradiates the sturdy pages of these board book versions of four nursery rhyme favorites. The fun here--and there is fun aplenty--is found chiefly in Kemp's imaginative details and inventive scenarios. The scampering rodent in Hickory, Dickory, Dock , for example, is not running up the clock for mischievous purposes; rather, bearing a rag and bucket, he intends to clean the timepiece. His coveralls are supported by an oversize safety pin, and a hairbrush (perhaps for whiskers?) protrudes from a pocket. The shelves of the black sheep's shop are chock-a-block with bottles, boxes, brushes, fabric and twine--there are even dainty pastries on the counter. The top of each book is die-cut in the shape of its protagonist's head, and the covers present jolly front and back views of the animal stars. Nary a wrong note in this quartet of quality. Ages 2-4. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
Library Binding - 16 pages - 978-1-60253-288-5
Hardcover - 12 pages - 978-0-525-67443-6
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