Title: Rufus and Friends: Rhyme Time
Author and Illustrator: Iza Trapani
Iza Trapani has written and illustrated a delightful book of nursery rhymes in Rufus and Friends: Rhyme Time. Actually, I should be more precise and say that she, to use the terminology from the title page, has “extended” some “traditional poems” in this book. The premise of the book is that Rufus and friends, all dogs, are performing a series of short skits in which they act out nursery rhymes. The illustrations are complete with a play program which serves as the table of contents and a curtained stage on the first and last pages of the book. Delightfully funny illustrations accompany such rhymes as “Hickety, Pickety,” “Doctor Foster Went to Gloucester,” and “Wee Willie WInkie.” The author’s note at the end of the book gives insight into the author’s love of nursery rhymes. My girls, ages four and two, have requested this book numerous times. So has their mother! Be forewarned: this book contains several serious tongue twisters!