Mary Had a Little Lamp by Jack Lechner (disclaimer: he and his family live down the block from me and we are friendly; this review, however, is entirely my own opinion) is a whimsical take on the well-known children's nursery rhyme. Everyone knows a child with a slightly odd transitional object. But Mary's parents are concerned by her choice, a lamp. My favorite verse? "Their doctor [who appears to be a psychiatrist] said/'I've never seen/So puzzling a condition./But lamps are not my specialty/You need an electrician.'" Mary finally gives up her lamp... only to become attached to another unusual object! Don't miss the droll blurbs on the back, with comments from other nursery rhyme characters ("I hated it," says Mary, Mary Quite Contrary). With distinctive, cartoony art by Bob Staake, this one's a winner.