In the tradition of cumulative rhymes such as There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree involves a hungry, easily persuaded snake, a clever boy, and a host of unwitting critters. Yes, the snake eats them all, but Brendan Wenzel’s bright, funny drawings and Daniel Bernstrom’s playful verse clue readers in that the danger is only temporary. Bernstrom’s rhyming verse is loads of fun to read, with its propulsive, syncopated rhythm and his obvious delight in the way words sound. An example: “Munch, munch came a crunch from the leaves of the tree/Oh! A rare kind of bear munching tasty, tasty greens/Up, up snaked the snake from his place in the leaves/and gobbled up the bear with the qually-wally hair/one day in the eucalyptus, eucalyptus tree.” And if you enjoy Wenzel’s illustrations, be sure to check out his fantastic new book, They All Saw a Cat.