Hey Diddle Diddle Theresa Howell, Illustrated by Liz Conrad, Northland Publishing, $5.95, Board Book; 800-346-3257.

dec06_hey_diddle_diddleRock ‘n’ Rolling wild animals rev up this adaptation of the familiar nursery rhyme using a blue fiddle, a mic and an electric guitar. The richly colored backdrops give lots to look at with the tots. Four-year-old Ryan of Madrid, New Mexico, was delighted that the packrat ran away with the spoons and a cell phone and a yo-yo. He noticed Jackrabbit wore cool green sunglasses under the starry desert night. Ryan even got up and danced on the second reading!  —Cynthia Green

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