The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense

By Emanuel Berger | August 23 2022 | Children'sBlog

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.

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The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense
978-0-7636-9434-0
The classic nursery rhymes we know and love—upside-down, backward, in gibberish, and fresh out of bounds—as only Jon Scieszka could stage themMother 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.
$19.99 US
Oct 05, 2022
7-1/2 x 9-1/16
Hardcover
80 Pages
Candlewick
Age 7-10 years

The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose
978-0-448-10212-2
Humpty Dumpty, Little Boy Blue, and other Mother Goose favorites are all here for children to enjoy in a beautifully illustrated, sturdy book of rhymes.
$4.99 US
Apr 06, 1984
4-3/4 x 4-3/4
Board Book
16 Pages
Grosset & Dunlap
Age 0-3 years

Walt Disney's Mother Goose Little Golden Board Book (Disney Classic)
978-0-7364-4282-4
Disney’s 1949 adaptation of Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes, featuring beloved characters like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, and Pinocchio, now in a sturdy board book edition of a Little Golden Book--perfect for the very youngest Disney fans! 
$7.99 US
Jan 04, 2022
6-5/8 x 8
Board Book
26 Pages
Golden/Disney
Age 2-5 years

Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose Favorites
978-0-448-42155-1
Presenting a delightful collection of children's favorite Mother Goose rhymes, illustrated with full-color paintings by Tomie dePaola. Young readers and their parents will enjoy meeting up with familiar friends, including Old King Cole, Little Bo-Peep, Jack and Jill, and many more in a book that is sure to be a story-hour favorite.
$4.99 US
Jan 10, 2000
8 x 8
Paperback
32 Pages
Grosset & Dunlap
Age 4-8 years

Mother Goose of Pudding Lane
978-0-7636-7523-3
Celebrated picture book creators Chris Raschka and Vladimir Radunsky offer one possible answer to the age-old question: Who was Mother Goose?We all love to hear Mother Goose rhymes and riddles. But did you know that there was a real Mother Goose who lived in Boston more than three hundred years ago? In 1692, Elizabeth Foster married a widower with ten children. His name was Isaac Goose, and after they married, Elizabeth became Mother Goose. She and Isaac had four more children together, and to help her care for such a big and boisterous family, Mother Goose sang songs and lullabies and made up rhymes and poems. Her nursery rhymes and stories were published at a print shop on Pudding Lane in Boston, though no copies of her book exist today. In a book featuring some of Mother Goose’s best-loved works, Vladimir Radunsky’s bright and humorous illustrations and Chris Raschka’s rhyming poems tell the little-known story of the Goose children, Isaac, and Elizabeth herself — the Mother Goose of Pudding Lane.
$17.99 US
Sep 10, 2019
8-1/4 x 11
Hardcover
48 Pages
Candlewick
Age 4-8 years

The Golden Mother Goose
978-1-5247-1578-6
A Golden classic, proudly reissued in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Golden Books!
$15.99 US
Sep 12, 2017
9 x 12
Hardcover
72 Pages
Golden Books
Age 0-3 years

On the Go with Mother Goose
978-0-7636-9214-8
Babies and toddlers who love things that go will be drawn to this surefire selection of Mother Goose rhymes.The train that took the pussycat to London to see the queen, the fancy car that sped the pig to market, the big ship that sails on the alley alley oh — these and other conveyances play a visual part in a collection of nursery rhymes sure to entice little fans of vehicles that drive, chug, or sail. With infectious verse presented by Iona Opie and beautiful illustrations by Rosemary Wells, these traditional rhymes invite parents and caregivers to zoom along with Mother Goose and give the on-the-go baby in their life a solid and loving start.
$8.99 US
Sep 12, 2017
6-3/4 x 8
Board Book
26 Pages
Candlewick
Age 0-3 years

Here Comes Mother Goose
978-0-7636-0683-1
From the award-winning creators of My Very First Mother Goose, an invitation to the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose.Spread the word — here comes Mother Goose — and with her comes an entire procession of best-loved nursery rhyme characters, including Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Simple Simon, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Tommy Tucker, the Queen of Hearts, and many more. Joining them is an array of colorful folk you may not have met before: Mrs. Murphy, for instance, and My Aunt Jane; Freda the American Beauty, Bonny Bobby Shaftoe, and Dusty Bill from Vinegar Hill — each of them well worth getting to know, as we're sure you'll agree!
$24.99 US
Oct 06, 1999
10-1/4 x 11-7/16
Hardcover
108 Pages
Candlewick
Age 2-5 years

The Alaska Mother Goose
And Other North Country Nursery Rhymes
978-0-934007-02-3
The Alaska Mother Goose: and other nursery rhymes Alaska's favorite children's book offers both new and old favorites with a northern flair. Meet all the wild critters of the North in this charming book of nursery rhymes. Ages 3 and up. Printed on recycled paper. This book includes a Glossary of terms, providing interesting facts and explanations about the animals that call Alaska their home. Curious kids can learn more about: snow geese, musk oxen, sea otters, Arctic (white) foxes, collared lemmings, Coho salmon, and more!
$10.99 US
Jul 29, 1997
11 x 8-1/2
Paperback
32 Pages
Little Bigfoot
Age 3-7 years