Source: From Netgalley and Annick Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Publisher: Annick Press
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
A novel twist to a classic rhyme.
Who says that little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice?” Or that boys are made of “frogs and snails and puppy dog tails?” What if girls were made of “boats and snails and dinosaur tails?” And little boys of “flowers and swings and bumblebee wings?” When the traditional rhyme just doesn’t seem to fit the boy and girl visiting their grandpa, he comes up with a list of unusual alternatives. Soon the children are coming up with their own versions that challenge the old stereotypes with a whimsical list of ingredients. To add to the new quirky version are lively illustrations that beautifully capture the children’s imaginative flights of fancy. Young readers will delight in the small details of Sonja Wimmer’s vibrant art, and be inspired to think of their own silly examples of what ingredients they might be made of themselves.
I was excited to have received this book for review because the synopsis was adorable and I love the concept of twisting classics. I have even been on a retelling 'kick' in the MG and YA books I have been reading.
This book was whimsically illustrated as it re-told the rhyme about girls being made of sugar and spice and boys being made of snails and puppy dog tails. The illustrations show the new rhymes - all were hilarious and cute. I really liked this spin on the classic. It allowed for girls to be made of dirty things, and boys to like flowers and balloons. I think it was really well done. The ending kind of drops off and leaves the reader hanging but it might makes for an interesting question to talk about - What are you made of?