“That isREALLYNOTa good idea! It’s pretty well known at this point that picture book author/illustrator Mo Willems rarely hits a wrong note with his stories. His characters, from Knuffle Bunny to Pigeon, have become childhood favourites, and he never seems to run out of unique but incredibly reader-friendly ideas. That is NOT a Good Idea! […]
“Chicken.” “Yes, Papa?” “You interrupted the story. Try not to get so involved.” Bedtime stories are a cherished tradition for most families, and one I wholeheartedly endorse. There are few better times to share a great story than when you’re snuggled up with your sleepy kids at the end of the day. And most of […]
What finally pushed the Dish and the Spoon to run away together? Who inspired Quite Contrary Mary’s garden? And why in the world did Humpty Dumpty sit on that wall in the first place? Daddy Goose explains it all . . . Although I am often skeptical of the so-called canon of children’s literature, one […]
Every night the rhyme gets read Every night Dish and Spoon run away. And every night they return —until tonight! I have always loved the idea of “fractured fairy tales”. There are so many possibilities that open up when you take something with the longevity and quality of a classic and put a creative spin […]
I think it is probably common knowledge that sometimes the greatest treasures turn up in the most unexpected places. When I first came across Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty’s Little Sister, I hoped that it would be entertaining, expected that it would be amusing, and though that if I was lucky, it might even […]
Princess Fred lived with her parents, King Nancy and Queen David, in a castle not far from here. Thus begins the story of the young woman, nicknamed Princess Backwards because in a kingdom where everything is the reverse of our world, she seems to always be doing things the wrong way.