By Will Hillenbrand
Marshall Cavendish, 2011. 40 pages. Picture Book.
Classic nursery rhymes are like old friends and in this book readers get to see them again, all dressed up for a new generation. This collection of 20 of the most familiar rhymes are presented as rebus stories. Certain words in each rhyme appear as pictures. Even very small children will have a fun time following along as a parent reads and supplying the missing words. Each nursery rhyme gets its own page and is printed in a large font on top of full page, color illustrations. Hillenbrand's mixed media illustrations, done with soft, muted lines and colors, are whimsical and fun. In each picture he gives visual clues to the next nursery rhyme, pulling the reader forward through the book. This is a great choice for parents and children to read together.