The nonsense book was indispensable reading in my family growing up. We all recited The Owl and the Pussycat and the Jumblies and of course as many limericks as we could recall. This beautifully bound volume is peppered with Lear's original illustrations. Makes an unexpected baby shower gift for the home library.
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Discover the world of Edward Lear, where everything is out of the ordinary
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.
Known as the father of the nonsense poem, Edward Lear is greatly to thank for the form’s popularity. Gently mocking the ridiculousness of human behavior and Victorian convention, Lear’s deliciously silly verse has delighted children and adults for generations. Here, an owl can marry a cat, a duck and a kangaroo can travel the world together, and a whole chorus and birds and beasts can happily make their homes upon a quangle wangle's hat. This complete collection features some of the UK’s favorite classics, including "The Owl and the Pussy Cat," "The Quangle-Wangle’s Hat," and "The Jumblies." Wonderfully complemented by Lear’s own illustrations, this is the perfect gift edition.
About the Author
Edward Lear was an illustrator and poet who drew for Alfred Tennyson and was also employed as a draughtsman to illustrate birds and animals. He is best known, however, as the father of the limerick and nonsense poem.
"Lear's nonsense words must have influenced countless writers. . . They certainly inspired me." —Julia Donaldson, author, The Gruffalo