A cumulative counting book and rollicking read-aloud, full of fun for readers who love This Is the House that Jack Built and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
In the middle of the sea,
as far as the eye could see,
there was nothing to see but sea.
Nothing but sea and
one tiny island just big enough for me.
Just big enough for me and Annie McPhee,
who was no bigger than me.
But what begins as an empty island in the middle of the sea becomes fuller and fuller as readers turn through the pages. Meet two wee dogs who think that they're frogs, three perky pigs that are all wearing wigs, four frumpy hens who are hunched with their pens -- and more! The lonely island "just big enough for me and Annie McPhee" might not be so lonely after all!
Praise for Me and Annie McPhee:
"It’s light, cheery fun, full of verbal and visual silliness."--Publishers Weekly
"A bouncy rhythm—and full-on shouted conclusion—can't be beat."--Kirkus Reviews
"Preschoolers and kindergartners will delight in this two-in-one cumulative counting tale that’s just right for reading aloud."--School Library Journal
Dunrea (the Gossie & Friends series) and Hillenbrand (the Bear and Mole books) assemble a cast of eccentric animals in this cumulative counting story narrated by a binoculars-toting monkey. He and another monkey, Annie McPhee, live on a tiny island where, "in the middle of the sea,/ as far as the eye could see,/ there was nothing to see but sea." The spot is idyllic until several uninvited guests start to arrive, including "two wee dogs who thought they were frogs," "three perky pigs all wearing wigs," and "four frumpy hens hunched with their pens." Rather than interact with their visitors, the monkeys look on from a distance, eventually deciding that the island has become too crowded and hitching a ride with a passing whale. Hillenbrand, working in pencil and digital media, is fully in step with the playful absurdity of Dunrea's verse as he pictures seven pink snails sliding down a shale rock face, eight sleepwalking sheep dressed in striped nightshirts, and other quirky groupings. It's light, cheery fun, full of verbal and visual silliness. Ages 3 7.