?Huliska-Beith?s smiling, rubber-limbed figures dance through vertiginously tilted, brightly colored minimalist settings? As a presentation of Lear?s better-known poems, this makes a thought?and laugh?provoking bridge.? ?Booklist
“Huliska-Beith’s smiling, rubber-limbed figures dance through vertiginously tilted, brightly colored minimalist settings… As a presentation of Lear’s better-known poems, this makes a thought—and laugh—provoking bridge.” –Booklist
Edward Lear (1812-1888), ed. by Edward Mendelson, illus. by Laura Huliska-Beit, joins the well-conceived Poetry for Young People series. Misunderstood by his peers and plagued by loneliness and low self-esteem, the 19th-century wordsmith and painter spent much of his time in the company of children, composing poems and songs for their amusement. Mendelson here compiles 35 of the author's efforts, introduced by comments that place each in the context of his oeuvre ("Many of Lear's poems are about people who become happy by doing what they think they should do, not what other people think they should do"). Definitions of unfamiliar words and the poet's signature nonsense phrases (such as the Owl and Pussy-Cat's "runcible spoon") follow; Huliska-Beit's swirling spreads and vignettes play up the eccentric scenarios. (Jan.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Edward Lear is most well-known for the hundreds of poems he wrote in the form called the limerick. In this new collection, many of his other works are introduced. Some, like "The Owl and the Pussycat," may be familiar, but there are many more that are not often included in collections of his poems. Lear's verses are full of rhythm and joy--it almost seems as if they should be set to music. All the characters in his poems, both real and imaginary, seek freedom and justice. This is a theme that is carried through all his work, and young readers will strongly identify with the urge to march to a different drummer. Lear's words make it OK to be unique. The lively illustrations by Laura Huliska-Beith fairly dance off the pages, adding to the sense of delight that Lear's words bring. This collection is a marvelous introduction to a poet whose life's work was bringing joy to children. 2001, Sterling, $14.95. Ages 6 to 10. Reviewer: Joanne Draper
From The Critics
Twenty of Edward Lear's poems are collected and illustrated in a colorful, whimsical style that matches the lyrical nature of his poems. Fanciful, imaginative and fun to read aloud, this is a treat! Part of the "Poetry for Young People" series. 2001, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., $14.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: M. Thomas SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)