Monday, January 25, 2016

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

Rock-A-Bye Romp
by Linda Ashman

Illustrated by Simona Mulazzani

This week's pick is from Cottager Anika Denise.

What it's all about . . .
A clever take on the classic lullaby Rock-A-Bye-Baby—with gorgeous illustrations.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
Have you ever thought about how oddly dark the original Rock-A-Bye-Baby is? We have. And so we especially appreciate Ashman's weaving of a lighthearted fantasy around the soothing melody, yet undeniably weird imagery, of a baby falling out of a high treetop.

Our favorite lines . . .
"Sweet little Baby, rocking with me—
Who'd put a cradle high in a tree?
Babies in trees are fine in a song. . .
But you, little one,
are where you belong."

Most swoon-worthy illustration. . . 

Why kids will love it . . . 
It's quirky and sweet, and those familiar the original song will appreciate the humor.

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
Ashman's whimsical rhyme and Mulazzani's dreamy night scenes will soothe little ones to sleep—like a good lullaby.


  1. This looks like such a lovely lullaby book, perfect for new parents. Can't wait to read it!!

  2. Yes, it is just a joy to read aloud to my 4-yo. She loves the text and art. Thanks for your comment, Maria!