Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Children’s Book Review, Hickory Dickory Dash

by Susan Stephenson,

Hickory Hickory Dash is a children’s picture book written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood, published by Scholastic Australia (2018.) RRP: $Au 10.00 HB

From the publisher:

Before the clock strikes one, a mother mouse must search the house for her two missing sons. But she’d better watch out for the cat!

Hickory Hickory Dash is the official story chosen for National Simultaneous Storytime at 11.00am on May 23, 2018. I think it’s a great choice. What I look for with an NSS book is one that has wide appeal across ages and is lots of fun from start to finish. Hickory Hickory Dash delivers in spades! Right from the first page when we’re told:

Hickory hickory dock
You might be in for a shock…

…children will have an inkling that there’s high-jinks ahead. Wilson takes the well known nursery rhyme, Hickory Dickory Dock, and offers a possible explanation for why the mouse ran up the clock in the first place. A complicated and slapstick explanation it is too! I know kids will love the mystery, and especially the way the cat villain gets his just reward. Wood’s quirky illustrations are just the right size for sharing with a group of children, and genuinely convey a wonderful atmosphere of adventure and fun.

I loved the emphasis on word play and rhyme in this charming children’s picture book. Children enjoy rhyme, and the book has lots of opportunities for not only joining in with rhyme and repetition, but for innovating on rhymes and making new ones. There are also some great onomatopoeic words like “WHACK”, “CRACK”, “aaaargh” and “SCREECH”, all enhanced with special font so they stand out both aurally and visually. Scholastic have excellent Teacher Notes about the book.

Be sure to check out The Book Chook for some activities based on this story that you might like to try with kids during National Simultaneous Storytime. Or anytime!

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