cover image The Wonder Book

The Wonder Book

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, , illus. by Paul Schmid. . Harper, $17.99 (80pp) ISBN 978-0-06-142974-3

This waggish collection combines poems, wordplay, and black ink illustrations to Silversteinian effect. Familiar nursery rhymes are comically recast (“This little piggy played the stock market”), puns run rampant, a poem about a “backwards prince” is meant to be read backwards itself, and there are some winning palindromes (“Was it Eliot’s toilet I saw?”). An occasional gag falls flat (“I wonder why people don’t replace them when they take showers?”), but the sheer diversity of silliness ensures that there is something (funny) for everyone. Ages 5–10. (Mar.)