"Pat-a-Cake and All Fall Down by Mary Brigid Barrett, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, are two jolly board books that transform a duo of old-fashioned nursery rhymes into contemporary language and situations that little ones will relate to, with peals of laughter."
Celia McGee, book reviewer, New York Times reporter.
All Fall Down: Starred Review in Publishers Weekly!
"One might reasonably expect this board book from Barrett and Pham to riff on “Ring Around the Rosie.” But while a scene featuring that game closes out the book, Barrett celebrates lightly destructive fun of all kinds, whether it involves toy blocks, sticks and stones, or dinner: “Spoon potatoes in a mound,/ plopping green peas all around./ Plunk spoon and cup atop the plate./ Daddy reaches out—too late!/ All fall down!” Working in gouache, Pham offers a multicultural crew of kids who couldn’t be more excited about building things up and then sending them flying.
Shoebox Sam: Chicago Tribune Review:
"Mary Brigid Barrett's words, for Sam and for the children, zip along with a light rhythm. Sam is the neighborhood shoe repair guy (aka, "cobbler" to the pre-sneaker generation). Young Delia and Jessie help him in his shop on Saturday and are rewarded with cinnamon crullers and a feeling of being at the center of neighborhood life. Mary Brigid Barrett's words, for Sam and for the children, zip along with a light rhythm and insights on matters large and small ("new shoes walk tight, but old shoes walk light"). Sam treats all his customers kindly. The dignity he accords to people whom others might label "homeless" is clear, without any preaching about it. Frank Morrison's sumptuous illustrations bring generosity to life."