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Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets

Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets Review

Edward Lear’s poetry and prose celebrates the joy of living, and has influenced writers and illustrators from Terry Gilliam to Spike Milligan and Ricky Gervais. Although the subject and form of his works varies greatly, all of Lear’s poems can be characterized by his irreverent view of the world, and many critics view Lear’s nonsense books as his way of undermining the all-pervasive orderliness and industriousness of Victorian society. However, regardless of his inspiration or impetus, the appeal of Lear’s poems and illustrations has proved timeless. Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets contains illustrations and pictorial depictions from Lear’s incredible imagination of plants and creatures, with appropriate captions and lyrics. His strange botanical illustrations include Manypeeplia Upsidownia, Piggiwiggia Pyramidalis, and Pollybirdia Singularis, whilst the “Nonsense Alphabets” consist of three sets of illustrated alphabets which twist and turn around the most bizarre imagery and language.

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Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky Review

A re-issue of Graeme Base’s colourful interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s famous Jabberwocky poem, from Alice Through the Looking Glass.Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.

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Oh, the Places I’ve Been! Journal

Oh, the Places I’ve Been! Journal Review

A journal for sophisticated Seuss fans!

     This all new hardcover journal inspired by Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! features inspirational quotes and color artwork throughout! A “blank book” that is not quite blank, it’s 160 mostly-lined pages are the perfect place for reflecting on the Great Balancing Act (aka Life) and all the places you’ve been. With a linen-textured matte laminated cover and peel-off stickers on the front and back cover, it makes a sophisticated gift for high-school or college graduates–or anyone wanting to be inspired on the Road of Life!

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Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to Read to the Very Young (Lap Library)

Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to Read to the Very Young (Lap Library) Review

Random House is thrilled to be bringing Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to Read to the Very Young back in print. Wilkin’s beloved illustrations capture the poetry of childhood, and bring out the magic of over 30 poems that have delighted generations of children, including works by Langston Hughes, Aileen Fisher, A. B. Shiffrin, Christina Rossetti, Sarah Coleridge, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kate Greenaway, and many more.Great product!

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The Jumblies

The Jumblies Review

Edward Lear (English, 1812-1888) was a highly respected painter by trade, but today he is perhaps best known for his nonsense poems. His ‘The Jumblies’ had great appeal for Edward Gorey, because, as Gorey said, it ‘was taught to me by my grandfather when I was four or five, and it has always been one of my favorites. Since Lear himself made only one small drawing for it, it occurred to me that I might illustrate the whole poem.’ Gorey was so taken with Lear’s words that he dedicated his drawings to Foss, Mr. Lear’s cat.

The crux of the tale is this: the infinitely endearing and always happy Jumblies decide to set sail over rough seas in a sieve, and so they go, despite concerns from their kin who elect to stay home. Are they brave or ridiculous? Perhaps neither; Lear’s poem makes a good case for the saying, ‘Ignorance is bliss.’

It’s impossible not to love Edward Gorey’s interpretation of the wee Jumblies, exquisitely rendered in his signature pen-and-ink crosshatching. His twenty pristine drawings combined with Lear’s fanciful verse make The Jumbliesa perfect delight, and one to revisit, again and again. But don’t stop here: you’ll want to learn more about the Jumblies saga in The Dong with a Luminous Nose, another Lear/Gorey masterpiece, also published by Pomegranate Communications.

Text by Edward Lear; illustrated by Edward Gorey. 48 pages with 22 black-and-white illustrations. Smyth-sewn casebound book with jacket. Size: 8.5 x 6 inches.

The Jumblies Review

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We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse

We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse Review

In Calef Brown’s poem “We Go Together,” he jubilantly decrees: “We go together / like fingers and thumbs. / Basses and drums. / Pastries and crumbs.” In “You Are Two (Kiwis),” he muses, “I am quite frequently, / reminded by thee / of a kiwi. / Either kind.” Yes, silliness and sentimentality have free rein in this “curious selection” of childlike poems about love and friendship, each accompanied by an equally absurd, stylized acrylic painting. Like Sandol Stoddard’s I Like You, We Go Together! this book makes an offbeat Valentine’s gift for anyone with a good sense of humor and a penchant for wordplay.

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Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings

Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings Review

This book is full of dinosaurs, Both carnivores and herbivores. You’ll find a big Iguanodon, As well as clever Tro-o-don. There’s Spinosaurus and T. rex, Plus plesiosaurs with GIANT necks . . . Step back in time in this fossil-filled collection that explores the prehistoric era with Douglas Florian’s singular wit and style. In twenty funny and factual poems, he brings dinosaurs to life—illuminating the natural history of these amazing creatures as well as their unique and quirky characteristics.

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Whooooo Loves Dinosaurs?

Whooooo Loves Dinosaurs? Review

Over thirty daffy, dopey and darling dinosaurs for kids of all ages to color. All kinds of dinosaurs: from the ever famous T-Rex and Triceratops, to lesser known varieties and even some completely from the author’s imagination. Each dinosaur is accompanied by a clever short poem that parents may read aloud to their kids if they wish.

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BookSpeak!: Poems About Books

BookSpeak!: Poems About Books Review

A collection of wacky, whimsical poems about books and all the treasures they contain–honored with the Minnesota Book Award; NCTE Notable; Bank Street Best Books; Librarians’ Choice; Honor Book – Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression; White Ravens book; and Nerdy Book Award.

 Laura Purdie Salas, the acclaimed author of Stampede!, is back with another collection of wild and weird, wacky and winsome poems about all the magic to be found on a single bookshelf. In BookSpeak!, each poem gives voice to a group that seldom gets a voice . . . the books themselves! Characters plead for sequels, book jackets strut their stuff, and we get a sneak peek at the raucous parties in the aisles when all the lights go out at the bookstore!Illustrator Josée Bisaillon’s mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage presents page after page of richly colored spreads filled with action and charm. Together, Salas and Bisaillon deliver a unique collection brimming with ideas as much about spines and dust jackets as they are about adventure and imagination.

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Sunny Mae & Bird: In Alaska

Sunny Mae & Bird: In Alaska Review

“Sunny Mae & Bird in Alaska” is the first book in the Sunny Mae & Bird series by Danny and Geebs. Nicknamed by their grandchildren, Danny (artist, Dai Thomas) and Geebs (author, Ginna BB Gordon) have joined forces in honor of children and grandchildren everywhere, and especially for the original Sunny Mae, a little girl in Fairbanks, Alaska, whose mother happens to love hippos. It all started right there. Sunny Mae (the hippo) and her friend Bird (the bird) follow their noses to new places, learning that they can do new things, make new friends (they actually meet a little girl named Sunny Mae!), and eat cake. Bud, the worm, says “Read this book aloud to your kids! You’ll love it!”

Sunny Mae & Bird: In Alaska Review

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