Mother Goose of Pudding Lane

Chris Raschka (Author) Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
September 10, 2019
8.4 X 0.5 X 11.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Chris Raschka is an author and illustrator of many books for children. He is the illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and the author-illustrator of A Ball for Daisy, both Caldecott Medal winners. He also illustrated four poetry collections by Paul B. Janeczko and is the author-illustrator of The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra. Chris Raschka lives in New York City.

Vladimir Radunsky (1954-2018) illustrated many books for children, including On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, and was the author-illustrator of such books as The Mighty Asparagus, You?, and I Love You Dude.


Whimsical gouache figures pop off bright backgrounds, vying for attention with black-pencil doodles. Some pages are filled with small, busily detailed pictures, such as portraits of all 14 children, others offer floating images, and a few feature two-page spreads. Some rhymes will be familiar, other won't, but the story of the Goose family should be new for most readers. This is a delightful offering, and, like previous titles from Raschka, should generate a lot of interest. Be prepared.
--Booklist (starred review)

Radunsky's joyous, dreamlike gouache figures cavort across the spreads; pencil drawings and ghostly naΓ―f-style images appear here and there, too, as if a toddler had scribbled on the pages...Happily, instead of concentrating on nostalgia, the longtime collaborators pursue the verses' unadulterated silliness, creating a strange and wonderful effect.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Published posthumously, Radunsky's gouache-and-pencil illustrations depict the Goose family, other people, and anthropomorphic animals; they have a jovial, sketchy quality to them, befitting the lively cadence of both Raschka's verse and the familiar nursery rhymes.
--Kirkus Reviews

This title should be purchased where his work and that of Raschka have been popular. An entertaining bit of esoterica for select, primarily adult, readers.
--School Library Journal Online