Hi Kid Lit Book Lovers! Welcome back to another CHAT!
The premise to these twisted rhymed classics is, that there are some children too naughty for Old Mother Goose to handle. Luckily, her sister, the stern, no-nonsense Spinster Goose, knows exactly what to do with these incorrigible pinchers, pokers, biters, fibbers, snitches, cheats and other troublemakers who land in her school.
Ms. Wheeler knows how to turn a clever phrase with a sly wink in her parodies of everything from Jack Spratt, Bobby Shaftoe, and the Contrary Mary, to Georgie Porgie and Wee Willie Winkie. The talented Ms. Blackall’s subtle and wry illustrations are a perfect compliment to the devilish rhymes. As Kirkus notes in a STARRED review, “Badness was never so enjoyable than Wheeler’s wicked rewrites…” and “Blackall’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations are fascinatingly delicate in line and color even as they convey all the funny, delicious ghastliness …”
So, sit back, (but, mind your manners — no shoes on the sofa please), and enjoy our CHAT on SPINSTER GOOSE, “Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children”. You know the drill … Morris and I will see you on ‘the other side’ of the vid.
To win of a free copy of this fabulous book, just leave a comment! My pal, that naughty urchin Morris, will select a winner later this month. A note to educators: the author has a wonderful activity guide for SPINSTER GOOSE, available to download right on her website. Check it out! Good stuff!
Michigan gal, Lisa Wheeler, is the prolific author of over two dozen award-winning children’s books, including Old Cricket, and Sailor Moo, Cow at Sea illustrated by Ponder Goembel; and Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta, and Boogie Nights, illustrated by Mark Siegel. An avid reader since she was a child growing up in Pittsburgh, (Ms. Wheeler says she “read the cover off” her favorite: Best Loved Stories and Poems for Little Children), and “loved books — even the smell!” (Morris and I wonder if she thought about a ‘scratch and sniff’ in SPINSTER GOOSE for the “atrocious and ferocious” odor of her own ‘Dirty Polly Flinders’?)
Australian native, Sophie Blackall confesses that before she was an illustrator … she was a … “child“. Morris and I love that kind of playful humor which she displays so skillfully throughout her illustrations, not only in this book, but so many of her others including: Meet The Wild Boars (for which she received the Founder’s Award given by The Society of Illustrators), and Jumpy Jack and Googily, both written by Meg Rosoff. Ms. Blackall is also the illustrator of the popular Ivy and Bean series, by Annie Barrows, and the author/lllustrator of a new picture book coming out later this year, Are You Awake? From her home in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Blackall reveals she has “impeccably behaved children … but a poorly behaved … cat.” (Of course, the latter does not surprise Morris or me one bit.)
See you on our next CHAT! (And don’t be an uncouth urchin!)