The Quangle Wangle's Hat

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The Quangle Wangle shares his enormous hat with a multiplying cast of peculiar creatures in this silly, singsong tale from the celebrated author of THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT.

On the top of the Crumpetty TreeThe Quangle Wangle sat,But his face you could not see,On account of his Beaver Hat.Poor Quangle Wangle. Life can get pretty lonely beneath a hat that's a hundred and two feet wide. But then along come Mr. and Mrs. Canary, who ask, "May we build a nest on your lovely Hat?" ...

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Overview

The Quangle Wangle shares his enormous hat with a multiplying cast of peculiar creatures in this silly, singsong tale from the celebrated author of THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT.

On the top of the Crumpetty TreeThe Quangle Wangle sat,But his face you could not see,On account of his Beaver Hat.Poor Quangle Wangle. Life can get pretty lonely beneath a hat that's a hundred and two feet wide. But then along come Mr. and Mrs. Canary, who ask, "May we build a nest on your lovely Hat?" Following close behind are the Stork, the Duck, and the Owl, the Frog and the Fimble Fowl, the Pobble who has no toes, the Dong with a luminous nose. . . . Only classic nonsense poet Edward Lear could create such an odd and amiable crew -- enticingly rendered by Louise Voce in the most vivid of hues.

Fanciful creatures, including the Stork, the Duck, the Owl, the Frog, and the Fimble Fowl come to build their homes on the Quangle Wangle's commodious hat.

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Publishers Weekly
Lear's assemblage of whimsical creatures in this breezy poem rival those in his "The Owl and the Pussycat." Voce (Snarlyhissopus) pictures the Quangle Wangle Quee as a furry creature whose face is obscured by a flamboyant burgundy chapeau, and whose body resembles a cuddly brown koala. He loves his perch on a Crumpetty Tree but lacks companions. "For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,/ With ribbons and bibbons on every side." Only a thin smile is visible on the creature beneath the broad-brimmed hat, fringed in bells and baubles. Then two canaries seek permission to build their nest on his headgear, soon followed by a cavalcade of real and imaginary beasts: "And the Golden Grouse came there,/ And the Pobble who has no toes,/ And the small Olympian bear,/ And the Dong with a luminous nose." After settling in their nouveau chateau, the creatures revel "by the light of the Mulberry moon." Lear's poetry has lost no charm or magic over the decades, but the watercolor-and-ink renderings of the animals (all share wide-eyed, insomniac facial expressions) suffer from sober, straightforward interpretations. The Quangle Wangle Quee portrayed here wears a permanent grin, and what should be a dramatic emotional shift from his initial solitude to an overabundance of new friends never gets its due. The verses' inherent whimsy is somewhat betrayed by the rather static, albeit cutesy illustrations. Ages 4-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Lear's rhymed introduction to a lonely treetop creature who gladly allows a menagerie of birds, plus such less familiar creatures as the Dong and the Pobble, to perch on his oversized hat exerts its accustomed magic: "And at night by the light of the Mulberry moon / They danced to the Flute of the Blue Baboon, / On the broad green leaves of the Crumpetty Tree, / And all were as happy as happy could be . . . ." In color-drenched cartoons, Voce depicts the Quangle Wangle Quee as a koala, face nearly hidden beneath a huge, floppy hat decked with lace and ribbons, who presides over a swelling troop of smiling, pop-eyed guests. The first separate rendition of the rhyme since Janet Stevens's 1988 edition, this makes a smile-inducing companion to Voce's version of The Owl and the Pussycat (1991). (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763612894
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Lear (1812--1888) was an illustrator, natural history artist, and writer, though he is best known for his nonsense poems. His collection of poetry, A BOOK OF NONSENSE, was published in 1846 and helped to popularize the limerick, a humorous form of verse. His most famous poem, THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, has been made into many picture books -- including one published by Candlewick Press that was illustrated by Louise Voce.

Louise Voce has done illustrations for magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, and books for children, including WHAT NEWT COULD DO FOR TURTLE by Jonathan London and OVER IN THE MEADOW. She is also one of the illustrators for Candlewick's A COLLECTION OF RUDYARD KIPLING'S JUST SO STORIES. Louise Voce lives in Brighton, England.

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