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The real Dada Mother Goose : a treasury of complete nonsense / Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Julia Rothman.

Scieszka, Jon (author). Rothman, Julia (illustrator). Wright, Blanche Fisher (illustrator).


The classic nursery rhymes we know and love--upside-down, backward, in gibberish, and fresh out of bounds--as only Jon Scieszka could stage them. Mother knows best, but sometimes a little nonsense wins the day. Inspired by Dadaism's rejection of reason and rational thinking, and in cahoots with Blanche Fisher Wright's The Real Mother Goose, this anthology of absurdity unravels the fabric of classic nursery rhymes and stitches them back together (or not quite together) in every clever way possible. One by one, cherished nursery rhymes--from "Humpty Dumpty" to "Hickory Dickory Dock," "Jack Be Nimble" to "Mother Hubbard"--fall prey to sly subversion as master of fracture Jon Scieszka and acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman refashion them into comics strips, errant book reports, anagrams, and manic mash-ups. Playfully reconstructed, the thirty-six old-new rhymes invite further baloney, bringing kids in on the joke and inviting them to revel in reimagining. Featuring robust back matter, this irreverent take on the rhymes of childhood is a great gift for child readers, a rich classroom resource across grade levels, and a love song to a living language.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780763694340
  • ISBN: 0763694347
  • Physical Description: 72 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright"--Title page.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 71).
Formatted Contents Note:
More Humpty Dumptys -- Jacks be nimble -- Other Mother Hubbards -- Hey diddle diddle diddle diddle diddle diddle -- Hickory 6 dickory docks -- Twinkle twinkle twinkle twinkle twinkle twinkle little star -- Never end -- Notes -- More notes.
Subject: Nursery rhymes, English > Juvenile fiction.
Nursery rhymes > Juvenile fiction.
Nursery rhymes > Adaptations.
Genre: Nursery rhymes.
Fairy tales.
Picture books.

Available copies

  • 39 of 53 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


  • 1 current hold with 53 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Macon County Public Library J SCIESZKA (Text) 39493109296683 Juvenile New Fiction Checked out 02/11/2023
Marianna Black Library J398.8 S (Text) 39493109027864 Juvenile New Nonfiction Available -

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