James Marshall's Mother Gooseby James Marshall
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.
“James Marshall is just plain funny and [this book] is funnier than many or even most Mother Gooses.” The New York Times Book Review
“In glittering hues, the cartoon characters illustrating the many verses in this volume provoke sidesplitting laughs.” Publishers Weekly
“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 book is a subtle and funny treatment of traditional material in which the characters tell stories all their own.” The Horn Book
“A perfect introduction to the Grande Dame's repertoire for youngest listeners. Full of sunny, airy, and artfully simple pictures this volume contains some of Mother Goose's cheeriest and most lilting rhymes.” Harper's
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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