Search Results: "Edward Lear"


BOOK REVIEW

AN EDWARD LEAR ALPHABET by Edward Lear
Released: April 30, 1999

"The colors and graphics add a very effective jolt to this silly, quite old, ABC. (Picture book. 3-6)"
PLB 0-06-028114-6 An Edward Lear Alphabet (32 pp.; $14.95, PLB $14.89; Apr. 30; 0-06-028113-8, PLB 0-06-028114-6): By injecting Lear's alphabet with vivid shots of color and joyful graphics, Radunsky blasts this Victorian verse into the 21st century. Read full book review >

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THE NEW VESTMENTS by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"Nothing in the book stays still: the eye keeps moving, and reading becomes a roller-coaster ride. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lear's slapstick poem about a man who dresses himself up in clothes made of different kinds of food and then gets attacked by ``Beasticles, Birdlings, and Boys'' who eat his clothes. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Illustrated with a mix of Lear's sketches and new pen-and-ink drawings in the same spirit, this delivers the kind of funny business for which Idle is known, and will probably appease adult Python fans who wish to pass on a gentler form of the lunacy to their children. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When a Monty Python alum offers a novelization of an Edward Lear poem, it's practically guaranteed to be a Silly Walk. Read full book review >

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THE COURTSHIP OF THE YONGHY-BONGHY BÒ by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2012

"For some readers, the shortcomings won't matter. Lear's writing is still a delight, and whatever vehicle it arrives in doesn't diminish the strength of it much at all. (iPad storybook app. 2-10)"
A mismatch of adaptation style to source, this cartoon version of Lear's nonsense poem about lost love on a beach fails to live up to the wildly inventive wordplay of the text. Read full book review >

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THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT by Edward Lear
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Delicious. (Picture book/poetry. 10+)"
A new entry in the Visions in Poetry series offers readers a sophisticated reimagining of Lear's classic children's poem without losing any of its traditional whimsy in the doing, thanks to playful line-and-watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE QUANGLE WANGLE’S HAT by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"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)"
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…." Read full book review >

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THE DUCK AND THE KANGAROO by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Top marks for visual exuberance; this is the first separate edition of the verses available in this country in decades. (illustrator's notes) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A lesser-known romantic lyric from the author of "The Owl and the Pussycat" is set to suitably wild photo-collage illustrations. Read full book review >

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A WAS ONCE AN APPLE PIE by Edward Lear
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

MacDonald gives Lear's 1871 collection of 26 nonsense rhymes a fresh take in this fun-filled alphabetical frolic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PELICAN CHORUS by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

"Lear never stales and Marcellino's luxurious productions add another fanciful dimension to such oddball entertainment. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Three fine and time-honored tales from Lear: ``The New Vestments,'' with its rollicking mob of ``beasticles, birdlings, and boys'' who make short work of the gentleman's farcical attire; ``The Owl and the Pussycat,'' in which the elegant fowl and the beautiful puss take their wedding vows under the bong tree, ministered by a turkey; and ``The Pelican Chorus,'' the bittersweet story of a young pelican who leaves family and home on the banks of the River Nile for the arms of the crane king. Read full book review >

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DAFFY DOWN DILLIES by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"An unusually felicitous introduction to this well-loved, zany humorist. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
A frequent contributor to The New Yorker selects 37 of his favorite limericks and illustrates them with witty, detailed pen drawings; O'Brien's odd characters and their calm acceptance of the ridiculous situations described in the verses are much in the spirit of Lear's own simpler, but notably adroit, sketches. Read full book review >