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Nelly May Has Her Say

Nelly May Has Her Say

Cynthia DeFelice; Illustrated by Henry Cole

Macmillan Young Listeners


Digital Audio


Macmillan Young Listeners

Macmillan Audio


ISBN: 9781427232489

Nelly May Nimble and her twelve brothers and sisters live with their parents in a tiny cottage in the Bottoms, where there's never enough food to feed so many hungry mouths. Nelly May decides that she is old enough to earn her keep and takes a job as Lord Ignasius Pinkwinkle's new housekeeper and cook. Along with her many chores, Lord Pinkwinkle also expects Nelly May to learn his own special language. So Nelly May gets to work, using a wet scooperooty to hold the water she mops the floor with and then cooking supper for him, the Most Excellent of All Masters. But late that night, when a spark from the flaming-pop-and-sizzle lands on the fur-faced-fluffenbarker's wigger-wagger, Nelly May puts her foot down. She'll save his roof-topped castleorum, but she will not be his fuzzy-dust-and-fooder any longer. In Nelly May Has Her Say, Cynthia DeFelice and Henry Cole team up for a fun-filled romp that makes a great read aloud.
A Margaret Ferguson Book

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML


Praise for Nelly May Has Her Say

“With one smart heroine and witty wordplay, this book, which is based on the English folktale "Master of All Masters," will delight.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Based on a storyteller's standby, this comical picture book is highly recommended for reading to groups of children.” —Booklist, starred review

“Jocular and sparking with energy, an old tale gets a new turn.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The clean book design and forefronted action make it perfect for storytime, which is where this comical tale of creative naming will shine.” —The Horn Book

“A rollicking readaloud or storytelling selection.” —BCCB

About the author

Cynthia DeFelice; Illustrated by Henry Cole

Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many picture books and novels, most recently Wild Life. She lives in Geneva, New York.

Henry Cole is the author and/or illustrator of more than eighty books, including A Nest for Celeste; Bravo, Livingstone Mouse! by Pamela Duncan Edwards; and And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. He lives in Florida and Virginia.

Cynthia DeFelice


Henry Cole

Henry Cole