Review | Wednesday 20 June 2012
In celebration of the bicentenary of Edward Lear’s birth in May this year comes this wonderful collection of his best loved nonsense poems. Think ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, ‘The Jumblies’, ‘The Dong with the Luminous Nose’, and all those childhood favourites that stay in the mind’s eye for life.
Every poem is illustrated by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen and the book also contains Lear’s limericks, his original artwork and some of his beautiful ornithological drawings for which he was first famous. It is a real tribute to his unusual genius.
Part of the Ingpen illustrated classics series, which includes The Jungle Book, The Wind in the Willows and Tom Sawyer, The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense Rhymes would be a great way of starting a child’s collection of special books.