Welcome back to a new week and a new post here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. Two holidays down and two still to go as we race the clock towards a new year. Wow...can it really be almost 2011? *check calendar* Yep, sure is. Where DID the time go? Anywho....
Speaking of the holidays....there are loads of fun posts and contests just on the horizon; in fact, two are running right now! The first...a massive contest thrown by the good folks over at Chronicle Books with their HAUL-iday Giveaway (a chance for me AND you to win a $500 Wish List of bookish goodness); the second, a classic tale revisited as we explore what's somewhere over the rainbow through the eyes none other than Toto in Toto's Tale. For your chance at one or both of these contests, just check out the links in the right hand side bar. Now on with the show!
Today I am happy to play host to, well what do you know....a blog tour from none other than Chronicle Books! (Gotta love their great range of titles...) It's a bit of childhood revisited with a twist, a turn, and a few shakes to reinvent the wheel, but in the best way possible. Ready to uncover just what in the world I am speaking of? (hehe) Here we go. Today's book of choice is....
Attention readers! This is not your typical collection of nursery rhymes....no sir. THIS is Mother Goose turned on it's head and given a jolt for after all Mother Goose really wasn't a goose now was she... Other Goose though IS in fact a goose and with her guiding wings the sometimes stagnant nursery rhymes of old get a makeover (and a half) for the 21st century. Think you know Jack B. Nimble....doubtful. The cat and the fiddle were not quite as merry as we would have formally believed and the nerve of the spoon running off with the plate! Get ready to laugh, get ready to smile...Other Goose is in the house and ready to take the land of nursery rhymes as her own.
To put it in so many words, this was a fun and unexpected twist on traditional nursery rhymes of old. Baa Baa Black Sheep becomes the Blah Blah Black Sheep and adopts a frankness definitely unexpected. It's Raining, It's Boring! again rhymes with attitude as it gives reality a run for its money by stating the obvious while still posing a viable solution. One of my favorites was Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away, an ode to the value of a rainy day (great for Mother Nature, and a nice night's sleep....*YAWN*) and while the verse is short, the illustrations take it to antoher level.
This is one of those picture books that can not be counted merely by the sum of it's written content because though short and sweet it is the pictures that also breathe new life into these rewritten treasures. The technique used to create the unique illustrations throughout the book is described in a brief paragraph as you first begin. In short, the final results were achieved through a combination of computer graphics AND....spray painted backgrounds. Who'd have thought?! Definitely explains the original appearance of the artwork and if I may be so bold works quite well with the original rhyming pieces within the pages. It is safe to say that a fair bit of imagination went into this book and I believe it is also easy to surmise that imaginations of all ages can run wild with the wacky fun that lies withing.
In summary, a fun book for all ages. Whether you are introducing rhymes to a young reader for the first time or revisiting them on your own, there is something to be uncovered by everyone that simply takes the time to revel in the joys of childhood classics....even when they've been tweaked. Special thanks to Chronicle Books for allowing me to be a host along this great book tour as well as for the review copy. (THANKS!) For more information on their full catalog, feel free to visit them online, check out their Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter. Don't forget to check out the book website for wallpapers, avatars, activity sheets and more!
Now, you've had a sampling of my experience with this title....what say you to having a chance to win one all your own? Thanks to the great folks over at Chronicle Books, I am pleased to announce that YOU...yes you...have a chance to win a copy of this magically delicious re-nurseried and re-rhymed book all your own! Exciting, isn't it? Here's the de-le-o....
How to enter...
Just fill out THIS FORM...that's the only requirement.
...would you like a few bonus points?
Riddle me this....what is your favorite nursery rhyme new or old...and why?
Share your top pick in the comments and earn TWO bonus points.
*Open to US/Canada mailing addresses only! No P. O. Boxes please.
* Entries will be accepted from Monday, November 29th, 2010 through Monday, December 13th, 2010 at midnight CST. The entries will be tallied and entered into the random.org randomizer, after which a random number will be picked by their number generator. (This way all the entries are mixed up nicely.)
* All entries must be submitted using the form accessible through this post. You MUST include your email address in order to be counted as well as contacted should you be chosen as the winner!
*The winner will be announced and contacted via email by Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 and will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. Should they fail to respond in the given time frame, a new winner will be chosen. If you choose to include your full name and mailing address in your contest entry, no worries....the time frame issue is erased.
*Winners name and address will be forward to Chronicle Books for prize send out only and then discarded.
Next stop on the tour, tomorrow at Media Macaroni, so be sure to stop by and check out an excerpt from this fun book.
Good luck to everyone!
Until next time....happy reading!