Sarah's Stars

Bill Richardson. The Aunts Come Marching
Raincoast Books  $19.95  ISBN 978-1-55192-990-3  30 pg.
Reviewed by Sarah, Age 16

The Aunts Come Marching is a twist on the well-known children’s song. 

Instead of creepy crawlies, these aunts are wonderfully eccentric, wild women who march in playing all different types of instruments.

The cover illustration of this book gives the reader a good sense of what is to come, even if you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover!  Cynthia Nugent’s comical facial expressions and crazy outfits will keep children’s eyes glued to the pictures while they are listening.  For children reading it themselves the font is large, well spaced and not cluttered or obscured by the artwork.  Both end papers were a little bland, with little appeal to children, but the inside endpapers have the music to the song “The Ants Come Marching!”  While reading the story, in my head, I could hear the song, but in some places the words didn’t quite seem to fit the rhythm - an awkward mouthful. For me, the use of onomatopoeia was excessive, but it would be a good book for children learning to count as each page has a new number of aunts marching.

This reviewer gives The Aunts Come Marching four sing-along stars. 


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