" Softly illustrated version of this rhyme. " Amy said.
" My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week. My, what lovely lettering on the front cover! And that was the best part of the book. The entire nonsensical poem of Old Mother Hubbard was included in this book. It could have been wonderfully funny if the illustrations had thoroughly entered the world of the ridiculous. They did not. They were far too stately and subdued to liven up the utter nonsense that is this nursery rhyme. " Karen said.
"I'm sorry, WHAT?!? I guess I assumed I had read Old Mother Hubbard before, but it's so strange I'm confident I would have remembered it. This nursery rhyme (dear lord!) recounts the story of a woman and her dog and their, shall we say, adventures. Maybe I would feel differently if it started whimsically and got macabre, but it starts super grim! The dog dies immediately! But then comes back to life?!? I was so perplexed by this I looked it up on Wikipedia where I read this:
The book was immediately popular, possibly in part because it was believed to be a political commentary, but it is not clear exactly what readers thought was being satirised.
It definitely seems like its satirizing something, but it's not really? Yikes bikes, how has this nursery rhyme stood the test of time??
The illustrations by David A. Johnson are absolutely exquisite, but, I mean, the text is totally whacked. When I opened the book I found several pages paper-clipped together, and I was a little perplexed. But they were the pages at the very beginning where her dog dies and comes back to life. I can see why one might want to skip those to enhance readability!
Anyways, weeded it out. Bye forever!" Allie said.