I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Bookby Iona Opie, Maurice Sendak
Renowned for their collections of children's rhymes, the Opies have gathered here a sophisticated anthology of comebacks, riddles, and joke poems—all decorated with Sendak's wickedly humorous illustrations. Appropriate for adults as well as children, this saucy handbook is invaluable for use in the schoolyard, especially for those who tend to be shy, or for those seeking recognition for being clever.
- Candlewick Press
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- 5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)
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- 7 - 10 Years
Meet the Author
Iona and Peter Opie were married in 1943 and worked together for nearly forty years, studying and writing about children’s lore and literature until Peter’s death in 1982. Among their collaborations is The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. Iona Opie lives in England.
Maurice Sendak has created texts and illustrations for more than seventy books, which have sold millions of copies around the world. He has won numerous awards, including a Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his body of work. He lives in New England.
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This is one of those books that I picked up, years before my son was expected, just because the cover amused me. It helped greatly that Maurice Sendak was the illustrator, but it is an amusing book. I don't want to give too much away, but in the introduction Iona Opie explains how this book came into being. She says the rhymes contained "were clearly not the rhymes that a grandmother might sing to a grandchild on her knee". However, for the past two Aprils, I have been choosing some rhymes out of this book to read to my toddler son for National Poetry Month. I've probably warped him for life, but maybe in a good way.