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And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  467 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Every night the rhyme gets read. Every night Dish and Spoon run away. And every night they return--until tonight!
Where can Dish and Spoon be? The rhyme can't go on without them, so Cat, Cow, and Dog set out to search for their missing friends. But where to start? Should they go north? East? Northeast? They'll just have to read Fork's map, ask directions, and try not to ge
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published 2001 by Harcourt Inc.
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Mar 05, 2013 Kathryn rated it liked it
I was not really a fan of this. I guess the humor just wasn't quite my cup of tea. I can see where some would find the constant puns and nods to other nursery rhymes quite clever and funny, but for some reason I found them a bit grating and tired and the illustrations didn't appeal to me either. I admit it's a creative take on nursery rhymes, and I didn't *dislike* it, but overall it was just okay for me.
Oct 08, 2008 Lstirl rated it really liked it
A fun, witty take on the classic Mother Goose rhyme.

Clever enough for adults and fast paced enough for children, this irreverent story follows the adventure of the characters from the rhyme as they search for dish, who ran away with spoon. Filled with witty banter, puns and silly humor this is a delightful tale. Janet Steven's colored pencil/watercolor illustrations are rich and detailed and the text changes format several times for interest. The inclusion of a map in the middle of the story is
Feb 13, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I haven't read many nursery rhyme books to our girls in recent years as they are starting to grow out of them, but we were fascinated by this story. It involves a mystery and an adventure featuring different characters from various nursery rhymes. I love that a math lesson on distance and map reading is woven through this story.

The illustrations in this book are colorful and the characters are very expressive. I thought the way in which the adventure progressed lended itself to some good academ
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
We are probably all familiar with the classic rhyme featuring the fiddling cat, the jumping cow, and little dog, but what would become of them if the dish and the spoon ran away for good and never came back? The Stevens’ twist on this classic nursery rhyme is witty, full of action, and skillfully incorporates other nursery rhymes and characters into the plot. The map adds an additional level of fun to the adventure and readers might have fun predicting where the friends will go next. The illustr ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Luann rated it really liked it
After a reading of "the dish ran away with the spoon," they didn't come back. The cat, the dog, and the cow who can jump go looking for them so that their nursery rhyme can continue to be read. They come to a fork in the road (an actual fork wearing sunglasses and a Hawaiian shirt) who draws them a map showing several places the dish and spoon might have gone - such as Little Miss Muffet's house, Humpty Dumpty's Wall, and the house that Jack built. I particularly love the dog who says things lik ...more
Tricia Douglas
Feb 03, 2013 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it
This was my second picture book by Janet Stevens, the first beingTops & Bottoms. The story wove the nursery rhyme characters into a cute story while trying to find where the dish and the spoon ran off to. This was a minor mystery for the characters and I can see a child wondering where they went too. The illustrations are cute and colorful and also add fun parts for children to laugh at i.e. a dog in a tutu, a wolf in bunny slippers. A map and original rhymes tie everything together along wi ...more
Celeste Powell
Sep 23, 2016 Celeste Powell rated it it was amazing
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i) And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon is a spin-off of a famous nursery rhyme. It tells the story of how the Dish and Spoon wander too far off when their nursery rhyme ends and how they get lost. For this reason, Dog, Cat, and Cow have to go find them or else their story can’t be told when it is nighttime. The tremendous trio go from place to place in search of the lost couple. They look in a stack of hay, but they only find Little Boy Blue. Then, after a
Jul 29, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
I would give this 4.5 if I could...
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon, the little dog laughed, to see such sport, and the dish ran away with the spoon...but what happens next? Is this actually the end of the story?
This amusing take on the classic nursery rhyme follows the adventures of the dog, cat, and cow as they go off to find out what happens to their two friends. On their first stop, the literally come to a “fork in the road” who “takes a stab” at drawi
Apr 28, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Jan 19, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I love nursery rhymes, and they don't get much more fun than this picture book by the sisters' writing team of Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel.

The illustrations are marvelous, and the play on words in the book kept me giggling more than my grandsons. Their attention was kept by the nonstop action and the clever pages that keep you turning the book in all directions in order to keep reading.

Highly recommended.
Leeza Paredes
Sep 02, 2015 Leeza Paredes rated it liked it
This sequel to the fun rhyme we all know "Hey Diddle Diddle", will make you feel nostalgic as you read it aloud. When the cow is too tired from jumping, and the dog too tired from laughing, the cat is in panic as he realizes two key characters in their rhyme ran away too far! This early readers book details a long journey through various nursery rhymes to find Dish and Spoon.

This book has a bit of long text for an early reader and is not as easy on the eyes as some text are written sideways and
Katelyn Mendoza-Weiss
This book was much different from how I remembered it from my childhood. I enjoyed the plot of the story, and how it was about needing the dish and the spoon to complete the rhyme in a book that is a rhyme. This definitely make the book more entertaining and fun to read. The illustrations are so detailed and playful. The author of the book gets very creative and sometimes even has the words flowing around the page and not simply displayed horizontally. Each character in the book has a distinct p ...more
Whitney Scott
Feb 01, 2016 Whitney Scott rated it really liked it
This is the story of the characters in the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle." One night after the reading of the rhyme, the characters awoke to find that after Dish ran away with Spoon they didn't come back. This caused quite the panic because they cannot be read if Dish and Spoon are gone. So Cat, Dog, and Cow set off across the nursery rhyme land to find their friends.

I like this book because it is such a creative take on the nursery rhyme. The pictures are very pretty and detailed. I like how
title: And the dish ran away with the spoon
author: Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel
characters: Cat, Cow, Dog, Dish, Spoon, and Fork
setting: The Forest, Garden, Meadow
plot: The dish and the spoon ran away. The cow, cat, and dog have to go and find them in order for the rhyme to be read in time.
theme: Friendship is about caring and its important
why did I enjoy this book ? the adventure the cat, dog, and cow took was entertaining, including the puns and the map that was provided.
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Jun 05, 2014 Fjóla rated it liked it
I was actually pleasantly surprised by the substance of this book, somehow expecting something more like The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon. Some of the word play and nursery rhyme references are in fact fairly clever. And the pencil drawn map is a nice extra feature. However, none of the jokes are laugh out loud funny and the rather long story drags a bit. And I wasn't really wowed by the art, after finding the cover enticing.
Tori Biles
Feb 24, 2015 Tori Biles rated it really liked it
I like this twist on a traditional nursery rhyme. There is something about inanimate objects talking that children really like, and this book is full of them. This book ties in other traditional tales like Little Boy Blue, The Bid Bad Wolf, and Jack of all Trades. Putting all these different stories inside this one keeps kids interested because the story doesn't go as it normally would. It's a constant surprise. The illustrations are also good because they take up then entire page and they are p ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
I loved this story and its illustrations. The cat wakes up the cow and the dog to explain that the dish and the spoon have NOT returned. Each night, the dish runs away with the spoon, but each morning they are back so that the nursery rhyme can be repeated the next evening. So they set off to try to find the dish and spoon, using a map given to them by a Fork in the road (Love this! The fork is from the same place setting as the spoon. He's dressed in clothes.) The map includes fairy tale and nu ...more
Nov 04, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-book, k-2
Hey diddle the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon; the little dog laughed to see such sport, and the dish ran away with the spoon. Every night this rhyme is read and every night the dish and spoon come running back until tonight. Where have they gone? Cow, Cat and Dog embark on an adventure through Nursery Rhyme land to find their friends; and as they travel they encounter many favorite Nursery Rhyme characters. Little Boy Blue is sleeping on the job, the Three Bears house must be ...more
Brooklyn Schamens
This book was about a variety of nursery rhymes combined into one book. Such as the three little pigs, jack and the beanstalk, needle in the haystack, and the cow that jumped over the moon. The book starts with the dish and the spoon ran away. Throughout the book, the cow, cat, and dog go out and to try and find the dish and the spoon. Characters in different nursery rhymes give them clues as to where they might be. It turns out that they were at the top of Jack's beanstalk.
Aug 14, 2015 Sylvia rated it liked it
It's about the nursery rhyme:
"Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The core jumped over the moon;
The dog laughed to see such short,
And the dish tab away with the spoon."

One night as the characters of the rhyme get ready to be read the spoon and dish are no where to be found. So, the Cat, Dog and Cow go on an adventure looking for the the spoon and dish.

It was interesting. It got a little repetitious, but my six year old enjoyed it.
Aug 05, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library today. His favorite nursery rhyme is Hey! Diddle, Diddle, so I thought this book would be a big hit. It wasn't.

This book is like that irritating guy at the party the people try to avoid. He has one joke, and he keeps telling it LONG after the joke has grown stale. He thinks he is funny, and maybe even charming, but instead he is just really, really annoying.
Best for kids ages 5 and up.
Early Literacy Skills: Print Motivation, Phonological Awareness, Narrative Skills

From cover:
Every night the rhyme gets read. Every night Dish and Spoon run away. And every night they return--until tonight!
Where can Dish and Spoon be? The rhyme can't go on without them, so Cat, Cow, and Dog set out to search for their missing friends. But where to start? Should they go north? East? Northeast? They'll just have to read Fork's map, ask directions, and try not to get los
Mar 24, 2010 Kendra rated it it was amazing
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Dec 02, 2013 Alexandria rated it it was amazing
This story is one of my absolute favorites. It was first read to me by one of my education professors. I later found it at Half Price Books for .50 cents and just had to get it! The story recounts the tale of Hey Diddle Diddle, but in this version spoon and dish don’t come back. Readers follow the characters of cat, dog, and cow as they try to find their friends so that they can complete their riddle. The funny illustrations, rhythm of the book, and overall plot of the story will have readers of ...more
Barbara Brien
Sep 01, 2014 Barbara Brien rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I thought this was just a cute retelling of the nursery rhyme, with large illustrations. I was surprised, a couple pages in, to see text that did not correlate with the old rhyme. I enjoyed the rest of the story, and the smart re-imagined world of fairy tales we have all heard.
Jun 12, 2015 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
The illustrations are worth looking through this book even if you don't read the story. They are intricately detailed and such fun. The story touched on all the traditional nursery rhymes which was fun, but I thought he story too long. I lost interest...
Jan 26, 2014 Tam rated it it was ok
My 6-year-old didn't like this book at all. He didn't even want to finish reading it. I don't think he understood the hidden humor in it and it wasn't fun to read it when I had to constantly stop and explain why something was funny.

Lindsey Richard
Cute book with fun pictures and some fun text. Also is an old, famous story students should become familiar with.
Apr 22, 2014 Phannie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. dog, cat, and cow go looking for dish and spoon so they can save their rhyme.
Jun 27, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
So many wonderful puns!
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Janet Stevens began drawing as a child. Pictures decorated her walls, mirrors, furniture and school work -- including math assignments. While this didn't always sit well with her teachers, it was what she loved to do.

Janet’s father was in the Navy therefore she moved a great deal and attended many schools while growing up.

After graduating from high school in Hawaii in 1971 she landed a job creati
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