The Inner City Mother Goose Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings

"It is clear why this book is on the controversial list. This book is a series of poems that take familiar nursery rhymes and incorporate what it is like to live in an inner city environment. There were some parts that included drug abuse, which is not the most appropriate topic at school. I think it would be interesting for some kids to read this book because the children in the book live life very differently. I am not sure if I would have this book in my classroom. I think that it would be good for kids to see a new perspective, but some of the topics might be too mature. " said.

" Dark, disturbing, and true. Great job. " said.

" I know an English teacher who got fired for giving this book to a student back in the '70s. A pretty enlightening look at reality in the inner city. " said.

" One of the stand outs for me is, Take- A- Tour, Take- A- Tour, Congressman. " said.

" More than 40 years old, and so little has changed. Beautifully done, but sad. The introduction to the 1996 edition by Nikki Giovanni is sublime. " said.

" Although not traditionally what we consider a graphic novel, I think it is an excellent example of using words and pictures to express mature topics. David Diaz's bold illustrations in acrylic are a perfect union with the thought-provoking verses. " said.

" I had forgotten about this book until today when I was looking for another Mother Goose book and this one came up. I think I picked up a copy of this at a Friends of the Library book sale and donated it to the Solidarity library. I have no idea where it is now.I liked this book a lot. The writing is smart and funny and edgy. " said.

"I read this short book of Mother-Goose inspired rhymes while browsing at a used book store today--it is almost compulsively readable, and didn't take long at all to finish. The themes are violence, drugs, welfare lines, and urban poverty, and the "nursery rhyme" format was surprisingly convincing. The book was published in 1969, but still seems relevant today, which is kind of depressing. I didn't buy it because it didn't seem like the sort of thing I'd want to read more than once, but now I kinda wish I had. Well, it will probably still be there next time. Definitely worth a look." said.

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