MOTHER GOOSE OF PUDDING LANE: A SMALL TALL TALE, by Chris Raschka, Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky, Candlewick Press


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.

Out September 2019

48 Pages Approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Oh, I’m going to catch a bit of flack for this book and my review, but I didn’t like it. (sighs) I so wanted to like it and it’s probably just my take on the illustrative work used. It just didn’t fit for me. I know he was trying to achieve the same flavour that was originally used in Mother Goose books. I also didn’t like how it skipped around so much and how there were informational dumps. Some of the old rhymes had only portions being used, losing me totally.

Sorry, but this one gets a:


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