"Mary had a little ghost, / his face was white as cloud; / And everywhere that Mary went / he followed in his shroud." This is just one of the traditional Mother Goose nursery rhymes that Kolar wickedly twists. Children and parents will cackle at rhymes like "Zombie Miss Muffet," "Twinkle, Twinkle, Lantern Jack," and "Wee Willie Werewolf." There is a delightful omnipresence of everything from goblins and ghouls to cobwebs and cauldrons. The skeletons and spiders will satisfy those looking for their share of scary, but everything is portrayed with enough humor to keep the book accessible for even trembling little monsters, and the cartoon-style illustrations are soaked in the calming lavender tones of twilight to keep the book from veering too visually dark. Plus, the ghosts are just flat-out adorable. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Kolar rewrites Mother Goose rhymes for zombie fans. From "Mary Had a Little Ghost" ("And everywhere that Mary went/ He followed in his shroud") and "Little Boy Drac" ("Will you wake him? No, not I;/ My garlic breath will make him cry") to "Wee Willie Werewolf," she slips in all the Halloween ingredients she can think of and stays conscientious about rhyme and meter. French artist Garrigue (How to Ward Off Wolves) illustrates in the arch, crabbed ink-line style of Ronald Searle, giving long, pointed noses to people in photographs, and snaggly teeth and scribbly hair to a witch cooking stew ("Sing a song of witches, pocket full of sage"). He sticks to a palette of lavender and black with occasional splashes of orange and sickly green, and the illustrations supply background material such as deserted mansions and Venus flytraps. The poems may inspire kids to try their own spooky adaptations—there are an unlucky 13 nursery rhymes here, and "Jack and Jill" is still up for grabs. Ages 6–7. (July) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 2—Traditional nursery rhymes are transformed into not-too-scary Halloween fun. An introductory poem invites readers to trick-or-treat and is followed by a collection including typical frightening fare like ghosts, witches, zombies, and skeletons. Mary's little lamb becomes a ghost ("Mary had a little ghost,/his face was white as cloud;/and everywhere that Mary went/he followed in his shroud.") and Miss Muffet, instead of being frightened by the spider, eats it for dessert. The rhymes scan well, making the poems perfect for reading aloud with a flashlight tucked under your chin. Garrigue's line drawings, primarily in shades of black, white, and purple, add just the right scary touch. The book contains, fittingly, 13 rhymes. VERDICT A fun addition to public libraries' Halloween poetry collections and Mother Goose retellings.—Mary Kuehner, Arapahoe Library District, CO Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
With clever rhyme and spooky illustrations, a collection of classic nursery rhymes that are turned on their heads is perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit, giving readers the chills--and a serious case of belly laughs! Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
An illustrated collection of thirteen gently spooky Mother Goose rhymes.Review by Publisher Summary 3
From "Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary" to "Wee Willie Werewolf," this collection of classic nursery rhymes turned on their heads will give readers the chills--and a serious case of belly laughs. With clever rhyme and spooky illustrations, Mother Ghost is perfect for getting in the Halloween spirit.Review by Publisher Summary 4
From "Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary" to "Wee Willie Werewolf," this collection of classic nursery rhymes turned on their heads will give readers the chills--and a serious case of belly laughs. With clever rhyme and spooky illustrations, Mother Ghost is perfect for getting in the Halloween spirit. Boo!