Mother Goose's Pajama Party

illus. by Virginia Allyn. 40p. Doubleday. Oct. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553497564.
PreS-K—This is a clever picture book filled with fun references to traditional nursery rhymes. Mother Goose, master storyteller, is the hostess of this party. "They gathered in the reading nook/with Mother Goose's famous book./She read of those who sat beside her,/Dish and Spoon and Muffet's spider./She read of those who were not there,/like Simple Simon at the fair./She read of ships and seas they roam./She read until Peep's sheep came home." A big plus is the inclusion of the traditional characters' rhymes at the back of the book. The multicultural coed cast created with digital artwork gives the figures a modern look and feel. The bright, realistic, and colorful illustrations, which frequently span across a spread, capture the business and grandeur of the party itself. Children will be eager to attend this magical slumber party.
VERDICT Nursery rhymes lovers will enjoy this witty adaptation.

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