Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray

Hickory Dickory Dog: Alison Murray
(Orchard Books, 2012)

It’s morning and Rufus isn’t supposed to go to school, but he follows Zac and gets in a mess. I’d not read any of Alison Murray’s books before, but we’ve definitely been missing out. This is a beautiful book with minimalistic illustrations and a fun rhyme based on a familiar favourite.

Hickory, dickory, dock,
A dog, a boy …
… a clock!

I keep getting side-tracked from writing this review by re-reading the book and looking at the gorgeous art, and then browsing Alison’s portfolio site… This really is a beautiful book, the hardback has matt pages which I especially love – very strokable. The pages are almost edible, and I can definitely see another printing session coming up once we’re home!

The text is simple enough that very early readers should be able to manage most of it, and fun enough to be enjoyable to read over and over. We’ll quote this book frequently as we play: “Hickory dickory dee”; “Hickory dickery doo” – much fun 🙂

Somehow it also manages to squeeze in a multitude of toddler/pre-schooler themes: telling the time; going to school; eating at the table; playing together; dressing up; painting; gardening; bathtime; bedtime… Lots of the familiar and introductions to the not-so familiar for young children.

Hickory Dickory Dog was published in hardback on 2 Aug 2012. It would make a lovely present for babies and toddlers, and older children will enjoy it too. It’s destined to be a classic and a favourite snuggly read.

Addendum: Typical. I write this post while the children are out and I have time, and then when they get back they remind me of all the things I haven’t written about. MG is capable of reading quite a lot of the book and is currently writing out chunks of the book from memory. This is, however, DG’s book. “My book!” she cries trying to pull it off MG as she’s reading it and then ‘reads’ the book herself telling her own story from the pictures… A very well loved book already:

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Hickory Dickory Dog by Hachette Children’s Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

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