Enter an enchanted land of mythical creatures where manticores reign and ogres roar—a land of mystery and fright. A unique twist on traditional rhymes of everyone’s youth, Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes
presents a more sinister approach to these childhood classics, and yet the sing-song nature of the poems renders them playful and jovial at the same time. Little Witch Muffet is not frightened by a silly, little spider; she adds him to her stew!
Rotten zombies, giants, dwarves, and goblins mingle with werewolves, centaurs, and fauns. Follow along the skeleton stepping stones, scale up a palisade, claw at the window of a tasty child and bake him into a pumpkin shell. Monsters cook up delicious elvish pie, too! Every kid who has an eensy weensy bit of sense wants a pet with feathers white as snow, who flies like an eagle and bleats like a goat—a hippogriff, of course!
Six forest sprites with four times as many pixies escape from a loaf of bread atop the elaborate table of the fey queen; her feast has flown away! If you enjoy mischief and have a penchant for the morbidly hilarious, the Herzs’ rhymes will satisfy your mythological curiosities.
Larson’s illustrations give new life to these ancient figures, and her artistic style employs the bold lines and colorful movement of an action-packed comic book. The author also includes a “bestiary” with information about the book’s legendary creatures, which hail from Scotland, Germany, Italy, Persia, Haiti, and Scandinavia.
About the Author
Henry Herz received a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Cornell University, master of science in operations research from George Washington University, and master of arts in political science from Georgetown University, none of which help him write children’s books. His love for fantasy began when he read Where the Wild Things Are
(repeatedly) as a child (and as an adult) and was sealed by The Lord of the Rings
and Dungeons & Dragons. He enjoys painting Warhammer miniatures, moderating science fiction/fantasy literature panels at conventions, eating Boston cream pie, and writing children’s books with his sons, Josh and Harrison. Their first book was featured in Young Entrepreneur, Wired GeekDad,
CNN, and the Warner Brothers’ website for the Hobbit movie. The Herz writing trio lives in San Diego, California.
About the Illustrator
Abigail Larson’s whimsical illustrations have been shown throughout the United States, from New York to Los Angeles, as well as internationally in Paris and London. Larson creates digital art for children’s books and commissioned projects. Some of her interests include Halloween, witchcraft, children’s literature, skeletons, and monsters.
MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES
By Henry, Josh, and Harrison Herz
Illustrated by Abigail Larson
JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical
JUVENILE FICTION / Monsters
JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse
32 pp. 7 x 9
31 color illus. Appendix
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3
Mother Goose Series