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The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Little Miss Muffet is bored. She's tired of her same old nursery rhyme and she has had enough of that scary, little spider! So off she goes into the pages of the book to try other nursery rhymes. Falling down a hill with Jack and Jill was too painful, running up a clock is just embarrassing and running away with the spoon caused a great ruckus with the dish! Soon Little Mi ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Tiger Tales (first published March 2007)
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Christina Cabezas
Oct 13, 2015 Christina Cabezas rated it liked it
Title: The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster
Author: David Conway
Genre: Nursery Rhyme
Theme(s): Exploration, adventure, trying new things.
Opening line/sentence:
Little Miss Muffet was bored.
Brief Book Summary: The main character of this collection of Nursery Rhymes is Little Miss Muffet. She finds herself tired of her own story, and decides to venture throughout the book in search of a different Nursery Rhyme to be a part of. After traveling through the book and messing up the stories of the other cha
Kiah Swanson
May 23, 2016 Kiah Swanson rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-614
The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster works in many well known nursery rhymes with a twist. These versions of the nursery rhymes uses the metafictive device of a story within a story. There is a story within a story as Little Miss Muffet decides she needs a change. Miss Muffet travels through the book of nursery rhymes looking for a new rhyme to be a part of, but her movement has caused a stir in the book. Miss Muffet’s story is being told right in with each of the nursery rhymes. The images used thr ...more
This postmodern book follows Miss Muffet as she decides to go out of her own story and find one without a spider that will scare her. She travels between all sorts of different nursery rhymes and causes all sort of trouble. The book includes many meta fictive devices such as intertextuality, text and illustration interplay, and unusual layout. Some of the text is written is spirals or other ways you wouldn't normally expect. The way the text is written in some places gives off a tone of chaos wh ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Kristina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-314
I love nursery rhyme books and this is a classic twist on many on the classics.
Maddie Shell
May 23, 2016 Maddie Shell rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-614
This book reminded me a lot of Goldilocks - It was about Miss Muffet who is roaming from nursery rhyme to nursery rhyme to find the perfect one that fits her - just as Goldilocks searches for the perfect fit in the bears' cabin. She enters rhymes such as Hickory Dickory Dock, Jack and Jill, Hey Diddle Diddle, etc. I thought this book was a very playful and cute story. It would be a great book to read with kids to review nursery rhymes or to teach postmodern books that show stories within stories ...more
author: David Conway
illustrator: Melanie Williamson
first published: 2008

My niece turns 3 this week, and I am always looking for books that are
- unusual
- engaging to the child
- interesting for the reader
- that she (or her older sister) doesn't already have.

This year it's going to be nursery rhymes. To match Conway's book I have picked up Scheffler's Mother Goose's Storytime Nursery Rhymes (review here).

Conway takes the traditional nursery rhymes and plays with them. Little Miss Muffet traverses t
Kristi Bernard
Oct 09, 2012 Kristi Bernard rated it it was amazing
What do you think could happen if a nursery rhyme character decided to make a change? Well, in The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster, the keyword being disaster, Little Miss Muffet causes a serious ruckus. You see, one day Little Miss Muffet decided she wanted to visit some of the other nursery rhymes on the other pages. The Grand Old Duke of York had too much marching going on. On the next page, Little Miss Muffet didn't care much for broken crowns when she stumbled across Jack and Jill. This goes o ...more
Sep 23, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster had me at hello.

How can you resist a story that begins with the line "Little Miss Muffet was bored"?

Little Miss Muffet was bored.

She was bored of being in the same old nursery rhyme and she'd had quite enough of that scary, little spider.

"What I need," she told herself, "is a change."

So off she went into the pages of the book to find another nursery rhyme to be in.

Miss Muffet tries joining the grand old Duke of York:

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten th
Meg McGregor
Apr 26, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-lexi
Little Miss Muffet is BORED and tired of being in the same old nursery rhyme, eating a bowl of mushy curds and whey, sitting on a tuffet, and having a spider scare her silly!

So she runs away into other nursery rhymes.

But she finds out that life in other nursery rhymes may not all that fun either!

Fun and engaging, this book will certainly become a treasured one in your child's collection!
There's nothing all that subtle in here for the adult, but my son really liked this book where Little Miss Muffet goes looking for a better nursery rhyme to be in. In fact, this time the humor is aimed at the little ones, unlike (I suppose) for instance The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales which my 3 year old hated. These are all familiar rhymes and one of the page spreads they are all mixed up, something my kid really liked and lingered over trying to sort out the mess ...

My son
Addison Children
Feb 10, 2014 Addison Children rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Miss Muffet becomes bored with her nursery rhyme and runs off to find a more interesting one. Unfortunately all the ones she tries have even worse outcomes than her own. A great read aloud for early elementary students who are familiar with standard rhymes.
Apr 02, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Miss Muffet is bored with her rhyme and is tired of being scared by the spider so she goes looking for another rhyme. However, she learns that it's hard to find that just right rhyme. A fun read aloud for readers who enjoy fractured tales.
Little Miss Muffet is bored. So she goes off to find a new nursery rhyme to be in. No rhyme seems quite right for Little Miss Muffet. Suddenly life with a scary little spider doesn't seem so bad after all.
Jan 11, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional_tale
This is the perfect conclusion to my kinder nursery rhyme unit. They have learned many of the rhymes in the book and they love to see who Miss Muffet will meet next.
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Feb 15, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
a great nursery rhyme book with beautiful art! May loved it!
Sep 10, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
A very fun look at nursery rhymes. This is another with an interesting perspective on story/book in that the main character, Little Miss Muffett, travels through the book in search of a better nursery rhyme to be in. While the 'disaster' I thought could have been more fun (although I'm not sure how I'd do it differently), the ending is humorous and is worth it. My son was familiar with some of the nursery rhymes, although Miss Muffett not as much as the others and reading them right before this ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Joy rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Poor Miss Muffet. She is bored. She's tired of her rhyme, she's tired of the spider, and she wants a change now. So Little Miss Muffet begins to explore the nursery rhyme book to see if she can find a rhyme she likes better than her own. What follows is a lot of chaos with messed up rhymes and unhappy characters until Miss Muffet decides to settle back into her own rhyme with that scary spider. My daughter would say, "That's not how it goes! That's silly!" for every altered rhyme. Great illustra ...more
The Library Lady
There have been a number of recent riffs on nursery rhymes in picture books, but most of the authors are so busy showing off their wit and playing to the adults that they don't leave much for the kids. This one is different--lots of familiar nursery rhymes are built into a funny story with plenty of appeal for preschoolers. I am going to pair this with If the Shoe Fits for a wonderful Mother Goose story hour for my 2 and up groups!
Kid-tested and mother-approved! I've been testing out my booktalk books on my 6 and 8 year old and they erally enjoyed this one. We had fun saying the original rhymes too (if we knew them.) Here's my booktalk talk:

What happens when a nursery-tale character gtets bored in her own rhyme? She tries out others, that's what! But not everyone appreciates a new character in their rhyme and what follows is a hilarious mess! Be sure to look at the pictures carefully in this one.

I like it, the kids thought it was too long. I'll have to paperclip next time.
Miss Ryoko
Jul 11, 2013 Miss Ryoko rated it it was ok
This book was disappointing. It looked like it was going to be much cuter than it actual was. The illustrations were fun, and I loved how before Miss Muffet went to a new rhyme, there was a clue given by an animal holding up a sign, but the nursery rhymes were just the same except with Miss Muffet in it somewhere, and I just found it boring. Unfortunate.
Oct 29, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Fun when you know the rhymes.
Too much like his The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster by David Conway.
Jan 27, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, nursery-rhymes
Yay! I was looking for a humorous book with nursery rhyme characters, when I saw this. The illustrations are delightful, and the plot is cute: Miss Muffet is tired of being in the same old nursery rhyme with that scary little spider, so she sets off in search of a better rhyme to be in.
Emmeline Guest
Oct 16, 2009 Emmeline Guest rated it it was ok
Bright fun illustrations make this book pleasing to the eye, but neither my son or myself enjoyed reading it much.

The content - in terms of what happens - is unique, but I have enjoyed reading other plays on nursery rhymes better.
Apr 01, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Oh so very funny, miss muffet moves through all the nursery rhymes to find one that is better then hers. Each nursery rhyme lets her in, and we see Jack and Jill and Miss Muffet falling down the hill.
Sep 08, 2016 Stargazer rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-under-12s
I love books like this. If it had all been like the rant the Dish has, i'd have enjoyed it even more. it could have been funnier, but the concept is brilliant. The kids liked it, but no one laughed.
Katrina Sutton
Sep 22, 2012 Katrina Sutton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bedtime-stories
I thought this book was cute and it definitely kept my child's interest the whole time (which doesn't happen often). A definite great way of introducing nursery rhymes in a new creative way.
Little Miss Muffett doesn't want to be in her nursery rhyme any more, so she goes looking for a new rhyme to be a part of, and, of course, chaos ensues. Cute for a nursery rhyme unit.
Apr 16, 2009 Molly rated it it was amazing
This is a great Nursery Rhyme mix up! I totally get why Miss Muffet would want out. Who wants to be scared by a spider all of the time. It would get old fast. Good for a laugh. Ages 4+
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David Conway is a children's picture book author who has written for Hodder, Random House, Frances Lincoln and Gullane Children's Books. He has been awarded The Peter Pan Silver Star by the Swedish wing of the IBBY and the Parents' Choice Gold Award in the US for Lila and the Secret of Rain. His first picture book The Most Important Gift of All illustrated by Karin Littlewood, was nominated for Th ...more
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