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