Young Sir Charlie looks pretty intimidated on this cover. He’s surrounded by a cat, a dragon, briars, and a cranky bull. This title is originally from the United Kingdom. This is sparking my love of the absurd and bringing back memories of making up a Sir Hubluhbluhbluh to explain a spoon in a tree at camp.
The story opens with a fearsome tower in the middle of the thorns with a door no one approached until Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his fearless feline Envelope decided to undertake a big adventure. Charlie and company are being followed by a witch with a watch. I’m enjoying how the lettering mimics the emotions in the book.
Four flaps unfold. I’m a little worried how they will hold up with use, but I love how they advance the story. I never expected a wily witch to be throwing a princess birthday party in the unexpected ending of this book.
The pictures are filled with twists on normal human towns: ghoul busses, blood banks, Igor teaching science. Green tinged art adds a spooky flair. My favorite pages are Dr. Mummy the vet treating a group of cats and the Giant Squid working at the diner.
The town wakes up, zombies lurching to work, when the sun goes down. An obvious choice as a Halloween read, young readers should enjoy it year round. I could also see this book as an interesting introduction to studying communities and careers.
Dog begs his mama to let him have a boy as a pet. Mama cautions him that boys are hard to train. When Dog heads out to search for a boy to buy, nothing goes as planned. He’s chased, kicked out, and runs into a dog catcher. This is an adorable twist on finding a pet. It could be used as an exercise in perspective taking.
This sepia and color book has art “rendered in ink, watercolor, digital collage and sheer determination.” I rather love the font, which is identified as Big Ruckus AOE.
Seibold also wrote and illustrated Olive the Other Reindeer. Seibold used spray-painted backgrounds for the first time in Other Goose. Other Goose pens an introduction correcting some ‘facts’ on Mother Goose and laying out the book’s premise.
In the first rhyme, Humpty Dumpty goes to the mall. Instead of breaking himself, he breaks a shoe. Another rhyme is turned into “Jack B. Nimble, the name did stick. Over the candle, over the wick, Jack be famous for this trick.”
New word of the day: clarineter. Also, Little Boy Blue plays the tuba? I could see band kids getting a kick out of that.
The rhymes in this book are unexpected and the updating unique. Pairing them with the originals would add a lot for kids, especially those who are unfamiliar with traditional nursery rhymes.
“Old King Coal was a dreary old mole.”
I think my favorite in Other Goose might be Hickory Dickory Clock.