Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson (@MicheRobinson), illustrated by Tor Freeman (@tormalore) takes a well-known counting song and imagines what might have happened if the sausages in question had tried to escape their explosive fate.
Turning the pages, we witness the great derring-do of the sausages in question as they endeavour to make a break for it one by one, trying out daredevil tactics to leave the frying pan and start a new life for themselves safe from the kitchen and any hungry readers.
The bouncing text is utterly joyous to read – it will be hard to do so without a big smile on your face – and the familiarity of the verse makes it perfect for a shared story time with lots of joining in. The book’s perfect mix of the unexpected and comic delightfulness will keep readers and listeners hanging on to every twist and turn at the same time as having a good giggle.
Freeman’s cartoon sausages are cheeky, charming and assertively cute and her 1970s kitchen and appliances exude a lovely homely feel. The designers have done a fantastic with Freeman’s sausages literally bulging off the cover.
A sure hit for storytime with its delicious mix of adventure, silliness and hope against the odds, a reading of Ten Fat Sausages is pretty much guaranteed to result in pleas for “Again! Again! Again!”. What more could you ask?
Well… you could ask for sausages for tea….
After tea we made our own sausages ready to pop, bang and generally cause mischief, using modelling balloons:
Lots of jumping on sausages trying to make them explode, shooting sausages through the air to see if they could escape to a better life, and generally plenty of silly mayhem then ensued. What fun!
Disclosure: I was sent a free review copy of this book by its publisher, Andersen Press.
If you want a version of the original song which inspired Ten Fat Sausages to use alongside reading this highly entertaining book here’s one from the BBC:
I’d also suggest pairing Ten Fat Sausages with Little Answer by Tim Hopgood (here’s my review), and The Runaway Dinner by Allan Alhberg and Bruce Ingman. You could also go for other books featuring re-worked nursery rhymes, such as Dear Mother Goose by Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt , The Daddy Goose Collection: Stories From Favorite Nursery Rhymes by Vivian French, illustrated by AnnaLaura Cantone, Ross Collins, Joelle Dreidemy and Andrea Huseinovic or the poem Twinkle twinkle chocolate bar by John Foster found in the anthology with the same title. (Thankyou @damyantipatel, @librarymice and @Cryer99Cryer for these suggestions).