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Monster Goose

by Judy Sierra

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A collection of twisted, creepy versions of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. The illustrations are delightful playful and dynamically wicked, calling to mind the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Priority is often paid more to a play at experimental art style than usability, but readers of this book will enjoy the interaction between text and pictures. ( )
  LibbyHopfauf | Mar 18, 2014 |
This book of poetry puts a dark spin on the Mother Goose poems. Each poem has a twist that takes it from fun and light-hearted to creepy, scary, and/or gross. There are also beautiful, elaborate, colorful illustrations that accompany each poem, and that may bring the poem to life for children. The illustrations also add a humorous and clearly unrealistic element to poems that may otherwise be considered edgy. ( )
  leibrockkr | Oct 2, 2012 |
picture book, nursery rhymes, halloween, nursery rhyme variation, humour ( )
  kelli413 | Jul 14, 2008 |
Delightfully icky adaptations of some of the classic Mother Goose rhymes. ( )
  eviltammy | Feb 15, 2008 |
Mother Goose may never be the same...Sierra's Monster Goose looks like the traditional frumpy goose, but look more closely...yes, there it is. Monster Goose has that evil gleam in her eye, not to mention a discreet pair fangs...not only does she look more sinister than Mother Goose, her tales are decidedly creepier and CHOCK full of monsters, snakes, bats, slugs, and creepy crawlies of all kinds! What we get in Monster Goose is a creepy parody of our most favored nursery rhymes! Sierra covers Hickory Dickory Dock (Slithery Dithery Dock), Mary Had a Little Lamb (Mary Had a Vampire Bat), Jack and Jill (Jill and Jaques), Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Twinkle Twinkle Little Slug), and many more!! Some are cute, clever, witty, and just the right amount of creepy...while others not so much, thankfully where that happens, Davis' illustrations make up for it! The illustrations here are simply delightful...Mary with her vampire bat is a green, Goth chick (too funny); little Jack Horner is a green cannibal, complete with nose ring; Bo Peep has vampire sheep peeking around a tree at the unsuspecting werewolf; the zaniness is just perfect for this horrible nursery rhymes!

Overall, I give it four stars, the text and illustrations are fun, creepy and a perfect match for one another...it only gets four stars because not all of the rhymes work (some are strained and aren't all that funny or cute). Obviously you'd be doing yourself a favor to add this to your reading repertoire around Halloween, but there's simply NO reason not to add a little Monster Goose to your reading list at any time of the year! I'll be buying a copy of this for my permanent library! As a side now, I noticed, when I went to get some publishing information for when I post this to my blog, that many reviewers/parents complained about the use of gasoline and turpentine in a couple of the rhymes...if your kids would think it was ok to use those things for drinking or brushing their teeth, you haven't done your job as a parent. As for the calls that this would frighten kids...well, that's rather the point...but really, this is more campy creepy that genuinely scary, again it's a matter of not just how children perceive it...it's how YOU treat it as well. These are silly rhymes that take a monsterific twist on the classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes. ( )
  the_hag | Dec 28, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0152054170, Paperback)

Something has happened to good old Mother Goose--she's not the same kindly storyteller she once was. In fact, that isn't Mother Goose tapping away at her laptop computer at all. It's Monster Goose! With a diabolical grin beneath her granny glasses and fangs peeking out from her beak, this twisted matriarch wreaks marvelously evil havoc on 25 favorite nursery rhymes. Now featuring ghouls, vampire bats, and cannibals, these verses appeal to the perverse corner in every reader's mind. Just a taste:
There was an old zombie who lived in a shoe.
She had so many maggots, she didn't know what to do.
So she soaked them in soapsuds and painted them green.
She'll be giving them out next Halloween.
Not for the faint of heart, Judy Sierra's grisly rhymes are accompanied by such fabulously hideous illustrations by Jack E. Davis (the Zack Files series, Bedhead, etc.), any potential nightmares will be diverted by helpless giggles. Readers will delight in identifying the original classic nursery rhymes behind such titles as "Mary Had a Vampire Bat," "Weird Mother Hubbard," "Hush, Little Monster," and "Werewolf Bo-Creep." Sierra and Davis are an ingenious pair indeed. For more ghoulish nonsense, don't miss Sierra's The House that Drac Built. And for still more playful poems, try her Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems. (Ages 5 and older) --Emilie Coulter

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:31 -0400)

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A collection of twenty-five nursery rhymes, rewritten to feature vampires, ghouls, mummies, the Loch Ness monster, and other fearsome creatures.

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