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“Her given name was Patience.
Her schoolmates called her Pat.
In the garden on a stool
is where one day she sat.
What do we know about her?
Just this much, if you please:
She didn’t care for spiders,
but she did love cottage cheese."
In this book, the story of Miss Muffet is re-done as a musical…and the drama is HIGH. The characters include a pushy mother, an entomologist father, an ambitious fiddler (Miss M. herself), Bo-Peep (yes, her), a talking spider, and many more familiar friends. They whisk us away on a fantastic quest and change everything we though we knew about the timid heroine.
There could not have been a better illustrator for this complex tale than David Litchfield. I’m a HUGE fan of his debut picture book The Bear and The Piano, and this maintains his reputation for gorgeous, light-filled spreads, lovable characters, and the perfect mix of textures. Look closely at the cover, and you can even see his signature curtains framing the scene.