This is a unique picture book written by a Canadian husband and wife team. Maggee Spicer and Richard Thompson’s book is anything but usual. They write a cute story about the grand old Duke of York. The Duke has many soldiers. They story is a fun and rhythmical tale that could be real or sang to kids.
In the story, the dukes go dutifully up and down, and sometimes neither up or down. These soldiers, however, are quite unruly and many times they don’t do exactly what they set out to do. Sometimes, they even cheat on card games. Other times, they wrestle with grizzly bears or dress up in funny suits. Some even play basketball with gnomes.
The story is hilarious and most kids will be entertained by it. The illustrations are very bold and colourful. This is a very well-written story.
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth
For the Canadian Book Review Challenge