Nonsense Songs

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A perfect introduction, with imaginative full-color paintings, to Edward Lear's wonderful world of nonsense

From one generation to the next, Edward Lear's nonsense rhymes have been beloved by children. Their joyful rhythms and glorious silliness catch the imaginations and the hearts of the young and the young-at-heart. Who can resist the Owl and the Pussycat, who went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat? Or the Jumblies, whose heads are green and hands are blue, and who went to...

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Overview

A perfect introduction, with imaginative full-color paintings, to Edward Lear's wonderful world of nonsense

From one generation to the next, Edward Lear's nonsense rhymes have been beloved by children. Their joyful rhythms and glorious silliness catch the imaginations and the hearts of the young and the young-at-heart. Who can resist the Owl and the Pussycat, who went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat? Or the Jumblies, whose heads are green and hands are blue, and who went to sea in a sieve? Or the Pobble who has no toes? Or the Quangle Wangle Quee, who had a hat a hundred and two feet wide so that nobody ever could see his face? They are all here in one book, gaily illustrated by a gifted English artist with pictures that complement the magical, comical, mysterious world of Edward Lear.

An illustrated collection of nonsense verses by the well-known nineteenth-century English writer and artist.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this offbeat volume of four Lear verses, Willey (The Golden Hoard: Myths and Legends of the World) conjures a dream-realm of dark skies and vaguely unearthly animals. Asymmetrical windows of rich color imagery open on the white negative space of each page, next to unembellished text. "The Owl and the Pussycat," "The Jumblies" and "The Pobble Who Has No Toes" take place on a violet-green sea dotted with flecks of white foam and populated by ethereal starfish and minnows. Willey's folk style takes its cue from Chagall: the Pobble's Aunt Jobiska is an enigmatically smiling peasant woman in a purple babushka; the green-headed (but otherwise human-looking) Jumblies exude a magical calmness as they blithely sail their sieve; and the yellow calf in "The Quangle-Wangle's Hat" has a human's lidded eyes and rosy cheeks. The book seems incomplete without "The Dong with a Luminous Nose"; the doleful Dong is relegated to a mere mention in "Quangle Wangle," and Willey portrays the character as a white quail, not as the boyish type that Lear himself drew for the role. This departure notwithstanding, Willey, with her eerie interpretations, conveys the classic nonsense author's spirit of eccentricity. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) FYI: Willey's fans can also look forward to a companion volume to The Golden Hoard; the new book, The Silver Treasure: Myths and Legends of the World, also by Geraldine McCaughrean, illus. by Willey, is due from S&S/McElderry in April ($19.95 ISBN 0-689-81322-8, ages 10-up).
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6Willey's luminous mixed-media illustrations accompany four of Edward Lear's familiar nonsense poems: "The Owl and the Pussycat," "The Jumblies," "The Pobble Who Has No Toes," and "The Quangle Wangle's Hat." These poems are likely to be found in most collections, including Myra Cohn Livingston's How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear! (Holiday, 1982; o.p.) and The Pelican Chorus (HarperCollins, 1995) with Fred Marcellino's masterfully joyous illustrations. However, Willey's quirky style does seem suited to the poet's sort of nonsense. Her Pobble and Jumblies, like Lear's vocabulary, are both outlandish and believable. A book in tune with its subject matter.Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781443207188
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/24/2010
  • Pages: 28
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.06 (d)

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