Lewis (Doodle Dandies, p. 896, etc.) turns his admiration for Edward Lear into inspiration for a collection of biographical poems about his literary hero. An introduction and end notes help readers locate real aspects of Lear's life referred to in the poems. Such an unconventional approach to Lear attracts and intrigues; it offers readers a sense of what it means to pay homage. For those with firsthand knowledge of Lear's work, though, the poems here pale--the information in them is more interesting than the way in which it is delivered. Kelley's imposing paintings are masterful in the technique, comic in the approach, capturing a bit of the nonsense in Lear's writing, but focusing more on his life.