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The Little dog laughed
Cousins, Lucy, illustrator.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton, [1990]
Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A collection of nursery rhymes, including "Ride a Cock Horse, " "Jack and Jill, " "Old King Cole, " and "Wee Willie Winkie."
General Note:
Rhymes reprinted from The Oxford nursery rhyme book, published in 1955.

"Originally published in 1989 by Macmillan Children's Books"--P. [4].
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Oxford nursery rhyme book.
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Williamsville Library PZ8.3 .L656 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A collection of nursery rhymes, including "Ride a Cock Horse," "Jack and Jill," "Old King Cole," and "Wee Willie Winkie."

Author Notes

English children's book author/illustrator Lucy Cousins was born on February 10, 1964. She studied at Canterbury College, received a BA Honours in Graphic Design from The Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton Polytechnic, and earned a postgraduate degree from the Royal College of Art.

Cousins is best known for creating the popular Maisy mouse character for preschool children. Her first book was published not long after she finished college, and Maisy even has her own successful television show.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. There have been nursery rhyme collections that are handsomely illustrated and others that ooze old-fashioned charm. This book is not one of those. Cousins' New Wave-style artwork is big and bold--when the dish runs away with the spoon, you know they're gone. The standard rhymes are here, but the selections also show the book's British origins, with such poems as "Two Little Dicky Birds" and "Oh, The Brave Old Duke of York." More familiar rhymes like "Jack and Jill" get a fuller treatment than usually seen. Who knew, for instance, that in the third stanza, Jill's mother, ".20.20.20vexed, / did whip her next, / for laughing at Jack's disaster." The simple shapes, outlined heavily in black and executed in pure, bright colors are real eye-openers. Groups should like this one; it will make them laugh, and those in the back row won't have any trouble seeing. Choose something else for bedtime, though; this book has wake-me-up appeal. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

The nursery rhymes in this collection are standards (``Jack and Jill,'' ``Old King Cole,'' ``Little Miss Muffet'') and the text, set on a white background, is clear and easy to read. It's the illustrations that star here: they positively go bananas all around the words. Cousins's splashes of intense color possess such refreshing clarity and intensity that they hit the reader like a bit of spring on a cold winter day. Her technique is simple yet bold, and she skillfully applies humor along with the thick paint. Inhabited by imaginatively dressed stick people with round faces and rosy cheeks, the book begins with a fine lady on a white horse and ends with Wee Willie Winkie running through the town in a periwinkle-and-white-striped nightgown. This is a glorious addendum to the Mother Goose tradition. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-- This vibrant, joyous collection of familiar and beloved nursery rhymes is certain to be solid competition for the many fine books of this genre on today's market. The childlike tempra artwork is irresistible in its bright boldness and immediately captures attention. Each cleanly formatted page contains at least one rhyme (two if they are brief). Longer rhymes, such as ``This is the House that Jack Built,'' jump across a double-page spread. The text is sensibly placed in generous white spacing. The end product is creativeness at its best. Children will grab it with delight and beg, ``Read to me, please!'' Young patrons and their teachers will be most happy to see the book on their library shelves--if it's ever there. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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