Margie Palatini, Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
Katherine Tegen, 2007 (2007)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his amusing picture book,
, takes off from the last verse of
The Farmer in the Dell
nursery rhyme. We see a long-nosed indignant looking rat, hands on hips, reading a
Rules and Regulations
poster that says: '
The cheese stands alone / The cheese stands alone / Hi-ho the dairy-o / The cheese stands alone.
he rat sighs as he looks at the cheese down in the dell, '
So yellow. So mellow ... So tasty.
' He scurries down the hill to join it for '
dinner in the dell.
' He encounters a cat and convinces her (she likes to nibble cheese too) that, despite the song, '
That cheese should not stand alone.
' Next, the bothersome dog comes running up and - can you guess? - joins the parade. A child follows the dog, and succumbs to feline blandishments. But then Mother shows up, forcing them all to wait '
for the cow to come home with the farmer, who was the father
' and also the
Farmer in the Dell
. Of course, his tummy grumbles too. And soon it's '
Hi-ho the dairy-o.
is a delightful - and hilarious - story that encourages critical thinking by asking sensible questions of a rather silly, but beloved, nursery rhyme. All the original verses are included at the back of the book, which is splendidly illustrated in a mix of full-page and comic panel format by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.
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