James Marshall's Mother Goose

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Unlike Tenniel's Alice, there is no one definitive version of Mother Goose. The Mother Goose rhymes, like Aesop's fables and the tales of Grimm, offer unlimited possibilities for illustration, and over the past two hundred years many artists (Rackham, Greenaway, Sendak, to name just a few) have reinterpreted the rhymes in their own fashion.

James Marshall's picture books, from the eccentric George and Martha to the charming Carrot Nose, have all exhibited a highly personal comic...

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Overview

Unlike Tenniel's Alice, there is no one definitive version of Mother Goose. The Mother Goose rhymes, like Aesop's fables and the tales of Grimm, offer unlimited possibilities for illustration, and over the past two hundred years many artists (Rackham, Greenaway, Sendak, to name just a few) have reinterpreted the rhymes in their own fashion.

James Marshall's picture books, from the eccentric George and Martha to the charming Carrot Nose, have all exhibited a highly personal comic style. So it's no surprise that, for his first encounter with Mother Goose, Marshall has chosen only those rhymes which appeal to his sense of humor--some among the most popular verses, others not so well know. Here are classic characters like Old King Cole and Peter, Peter, re-created with a lively touch. Here too, are Poll Parrot and Elsie Marley, as silly as can be.

Any illustrated collection of Mother Goose must inevitably be a collaboration between the interpretive artist and the unknown authors of the rhymes themselves. This time out, the Old Dame's genius for timeless nonsense is happily matched by a gifted American illustrator who outdoes himself in her honor.

Enter Mother Goose--a fresh and funny look.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``In glittering hues, the cartoon characters illustrating the many verses in this volume provoke sidesplitting laughs,'' remarked PW. ``The klutzy girl bellowing for Little Boy Blue to get back to work, the furious swine neglected by Lazy Elsie Marley, and all the actors in various dramas are the sine qua non of fun.''(2-up)
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"Although numerous editions of Mother Goose have appeared over the years, James Marshall's will need no defense. In his inimitable style he has filled the pages with a hilarious and memorable cast of characters." —The Horn Book

"Full of sunny, airy, and artfully simple pictures [and] some of Mother Goose's cheeriest and most lilting rhymes." —Harper's

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374336530
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/1/1979
  • Series: Sunburst Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

James Marshall (1942-1992) was the illustrator of over 50 books for children, and the author of many of them including the George and Martha books which became a children’s television show. In addition to George and Martha, the lovable hippopotami, James Marshall created dozens of other uniquely appealing characters. He is well-known for his Fox Series, as well as the Miss Nelson books, the Stupids, the Cut-ups, and many more. Marshall won a University of Mississippi Silver Medallion in 1992, and received the Caldecott Honor in 1989 for Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In 2007, he was posthumously honored by the ALA with the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

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