Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Do-It-Yourself House That Jack Built

The Do-It-Yourself House That Jack Built

Fall 1995 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: John Yeoman
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
ISBN: 0689800061
Hardcover Price: $10.00
This zany British team has yet again provided a droll contribution to the picture-book theater of the absurd with their farcical improvisation on the familiar words of a traditional rhyme from Mother Goose's timeless repertoire. Their offhand cartoons and inspired hand-lettered adlibs give a wildly original - yet entirely credible - spin to the repetitive, cumulative narrative. While, initially, their loose-jointed and free-wheeling approach may strike viewers as a bit out of sync, rolling with their visual punches affords several side-splitting moments. Children who can read on their own will love it. (Avid do-it-yourselfers may think twice about undertaking any new projects.)
Selma G. Lanes   ©1995 Parents' Choice

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