Nelly May Has Her Say
by Cynthia DeFelice, illustrated by Henry Cole
Farrar Strays Giroux Books, 2013. Unpaged. Picture Book
Nelly May Nimble lives in the Bottoms with her parents, six younger brothers and six younger sisters. She feels it’s time to earn her board and keep.
She takes a job as cook and housekeeper for Lord Ignasius Pinkwinkle. His one request is that she speaks his “language.” He insists that she call him Most Excellent of All Masters. His boots are to be called stomopinwhackers. The fireplace is a flaming pop-and-sizzle, and his dog is a fur-faced fluffenbarker. Read how Nelly May saves Lord Pinkwinkle, his dog and castle from disaster, using all the correct nomenclature. Children will find this new “language” fun and memorable.