His Shoes Were Far Too Tight: Poems by Edward Lear

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Renowned author Daniel Pinkwater and best-selling poet and artist Calef Brown team up to champion the ridiculous! These endlessly fascinating and imaginative poems are as fresh and delightful today as they were when Edward Lear wrote them more than a hundred years ago—from "The Owl and the Pussycat" to "The Pobble Who Has No Toes." This charming book proves that, sometimes, there's nothing children need more than a healthy dose of nonsense!

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His Shoes Were Far Too Tight: Poems by Edward Lear

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Overview

Renowned author Daniel Pinkwater and best-selling poet and artist Calef Brown team up to champion the ridiculous! These endlessly fascinating and imaginative poems are as fresh and delightful today as they were when Edward Lear wrote them more than a hundred years ago—from "The Owl and the Pussycat" to "The Pobble Who Has No Toes." This charming book proves that, sometimes, there's nothing children need more than a healthy dose of nonsense!

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Publishers Weekly
Pinkwater and Brown honor a fellow champion of absurdity, Edward Lear, in this frisky collection. Even before readers get to the poems, a cartoon self-portrait of Lear in the introduction (he looks a bit like a bearded balloon) hints at the revelry that's to follow. Brown's elegantly quirky collages convey the gentle lunacy of the Owl and the Pussycat (who gaze at each other adoringly, dressed in debonair threads), and lesser-known characters like the Quangle Wangle, whose gigantic hat becomes home to the toe-less Pobble (who appears separately in his own poem) and other creatures. These seasoned collaborators provide an assuring nudge for readers to embrace Lear's sumptuously silly verse. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
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"Seasoned collaborators provide an assuring nudge for readers to embrace Lear's sumptuously silly verse." - Publishers Weekly

"This book of poetry will undoubtedly hold the interest of young readers scouring the shelves for something out of the ordinary. " - Library Media Connection

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Before tickling your fancy with a collection of nonsense poems, meet Edward Lear. On the first few pages, learn a little bit about Lear before delving into his odd poems about creatures from the wild imagination of this poet. Lear may have wanted to challenge the children's books about morality and behavior during his lifetime. Read the verses about the Pobble and find out what became of his toes when he swam the Bristol Channel. Readers may be interested in the journey out to sea in a sieve to the place where the Jumblies live. Maybe the nonsense alphabet may be more to your liking. The characters in the illustrations are just as odd as some of the poems. Mrs. Blue Dickey Bird and her brood are quite a sight across the page like the green and blue travelers in a sieve. Readers should read the poems aloud to get the full tumbling effect of the play with language and sounds. This collection of nonsense poems is not for the serious. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 3–8—An enjoyable introduction to Lear, accompanied by whimsical art. Pinkwater succinctly introduces the shy, complicated poet who briefly gave drawing lessons to Queen Victoria; these lessons were cut short "possibly because his behavior was too silly to allow him to hang around the royal court." The oversize paintings reiterate Pinkwater's lighthearted introduction, and Brown's offbeat, naïf style complements Lear's comic creations. A nattily clad Owl and Pussycat set sail in their pea-green boat as the blue-handed, green-headed Jumblies take to sea in a sieve with banners flying and horns blowing. Mrs. Blue Dickey-bird goes walking with her chickies. The Pobble with no toes gazes anxiously toward his feet; later, readers see that he's found a place among the other happy denizens of the Quangle Wangle's Crumpetty Tree. There are many fine versions of Lear's poems, but libraries will want to make room for this playful celebration of his genius for nonsense.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811867924
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/30/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 518,291
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Pinkwater is the prolific author of over 100 books for children. He is a regular guest on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, where he reviews and recommends children's books. He lives in Hyde Park, New York.

Calef Brown is the best-selling author and artist of several humorous poetry collections that flout the normal expectations for poetry books. He lives in Brunswick, Maine.

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