Mary Middling and Other Silly Folk: Nursery Rhymes and Nonsense Poems

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Here’s a treat for young Mother Goose fans who are ready for something new. With the lively lilt of nursery rhymes and an abundance of silliness, these poems introduce the naughty girl who threw a bun at the teacher, the fellow who eats all his meals upside down, and the king and queen who can’t agree on anything at all—to mention just a few of the quirky characters who frolic through these pages. Short, catchy verses, collected here in picture book form for the first time, will delight readers and listeners with...

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Overview

Here’s a treat for young Mother Goose fans who are ready for something new. With the lively lilt of nursery rhymes and an abundance of silliness, these poems introduce the naughty girl who threw a bun at the teacher, the fellow who eats all his meals upside down, and the king and queen who can’t agree on anything at all—to mention just a few of the quirky characters who frolic through these pages. Short, catchy verses, collected here in picture book form for the first time, will delight readers and listeners with their gentle absurdity. Katja Bandlow’s illustrations depict the silly folk with whimsy and good cheer. Christopher Corker, Lanky Lawrence, and their eccentric friends deserve a place next to Jack Sprat and Peter Pumpkin Eater on every nursery bookshelf!

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"As fresh as if they were newly minted... a fine introduction to a poet well-worth remembering." THE HORN BOOK Horn Book

"Sprightly illustrations...folksy humor...The short and catchy rhymes read aloud well and will elicit giggles from young listeners." SLJ School Library Journal

"short, humorous rhymes about farm animals and colorful characters...heavily outlined illustrations...suited to old-fashioned nursery rhymes" KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews

"takes poems first published in the US in 1932...adorns them with new illustrations...preserves a somewhat nostalgic look" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly

"great appeal for the lap-sitting crowd...pictures pick up the silliness and sometimes the delicious wickedness, of the rhymes" BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

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Previously released titles are brought to new life. Mary Middling and Other Silly Folk: Nursery Rhymes and Nonsense Poems takes poems first published in the U.S. in 1932 as Fifty-One New Nursery Rhymes by Rose Fyleman and adorns them with new illustrations by Katja Bandlow. The artist outlines the pictures with Chinese ink then colors them in digitally, yet preserves a somewhat nostalgic look. For "Rather Silly" ("There once was a man with a queer sort of notion/ You could always be happy by keeping in motion"), she depicts a double-decker bus on cobblestone streets. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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This is a collection of Mother-Goose-type poems. They have the same type of nonsensical rhyming and capricious feeling. The poems themselves come from a collection first published in Fifty-One New Nursery Rhymes by Fyleman in 1931 in England. Bandlow has given the poems fanciful illustrations and colors and put them in a picture book format. Some of the poems have words that young readers might not understand. For example the poem "Fun" reads, "Deborah Dolores she liked a bit of fun, She went to the baker's and bought a penny bun; She dipped it in the treacle and threw it at her teacher; Deborah Dolores she was a wicked creature." Many American readers might not know that "treacle" is the English common word for molasses. However, the picture does help readers know that "treacle" is something dark that drips, so they could get a rough idea of what it is. This is a good book for readers who want new and unusual nursery rhymes. 2004, Clarion Books, Ages 6 mo. to 4.
—Joella Peterson
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PreS-Gr 2-Culled from Fyleman's Fifty-one New Nursery Rhymes (Doubleday, 1932; o.p.), these 20 nonsense verses in rhyming couplets abound in quirky characters and good humor. Sprightly illustrations drawn in Chinese ink and scanned and colored in Adobe Photoshop capture the absurdity of the verses and complement the folksy humor. The short and catchy rhymes read aloud well and will elicit giggles from young listeners.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fyleman, best known in the US for her poem "A Fairy Went A-Marketing," was a well-known children's writer and editor in England in the first decades of the 20th century. This volume of her original nursery rhymes includes 20 of her rhyming poems taken from a larger collection published in 1931. Included is her widely anthologized poem about mice, as well as short, humorous rhymes about farm animals and colorful characters such as Mary Middling, Lanky Lawrence, and a purple-clad witch who drinks "vinegar, blacking, and good red ink" (labeled as poison in the illustration) while she flies. Several of the rhymes have some British vocabulary (marmalade, treacle, washing peg) or rhyming pairs requiring British pronunciation that will be puzzling to children without adult interpretation. The heavily outlined illustrations have a flat, naive style suited to old-fashioned nursery rhymes, with cobblestone streets, aproned farm girls, and tidy villages. All in all, the rhymes aren't particularly funny or memorable-a middling sort of collection in a crowded genre. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618381418
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/20/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Philip is a noted folklorist and anthologist who has written several books on Native American and multicultural themes for Clarion, including IN A SACRED MANNER I LIVE, which was named both a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in England.

The late Rose Fyleman's poems have been included in many well-loved British and American anthologies for young readers. She lived in England.

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