The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse

The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse


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This hilariously readable collection of classic nonsense poetry, delightfully illustrated throughout, is a showcase of comic talent and sheer silliness.

The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse features an eclectic spectrum of contributors ranging wildly from Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll to Hilaire Belloc, Ted Hughes, Ogden Nash, and Shakespeare, with illustrations by Mervyn Peake, Quentin Blake, Emma Chichester Clark, Spike Milligan, and the deliciously sinister Edward Gorey. Such old favorites as “The Owl and the Pussycat” are accompanied by “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” and “Jabberwocky,” while Ted Hughes’s “Wodwo” sits alone by the bank of a stream in a state of innocence and curiosity that mirrors a child’s sense of wonder at the universe. Whether sweetly funny or deliciously naughty, these masterpieces of the art of the absurd will charm readers both young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400044252
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2005
Series: Everyman Library Children's Classics
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.39(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 3 Years

About the Author

Louise Guinness has written for The Irish Times, The Evening Standard, The Telegraph, and Literary Review, and is the editor of The Vintage Book of Fathers (Vintage UK).

Table of Contents

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat!41
The Mock Turtle's Song42
The Crocodile45
The Gardener's Song46
The Hunting of the Snark49
There was a Pig91
Tweedledum and Tweedledee92
Beautiful Soup93
The White Knight's Song94
The Walrus and the Carpenter98
Father William104
Our Yak106
The Oneness of the Philosopher with Nature107
The Elephant is a Graceful Bird121
Mother, saying Anne good night122
This Octopus Exploits Women123
A Farmer Went Trotting125
The King Said to Salome126
The Utter Zoo Alphabet128
The Osbick Bird141
The Untitled Book149
The Fond Father160
The Perils of Obesity161
High Diddle Diddle163
I Had a Little Husband165
I Put My Hat upon My Head166
If the Man Who Turneps Cries166
The Owl and the Pussy-cat167
The Pobble Who Has No Toes169
The Jumblies171
The Akond of Swat174
Incidents in the Life of My Uncle Arly177
Calico Pie180
The Quangle Wangle's Hat184
There was an Old Man With a Beard188
The Dong with a Luminous Nose189
Uncle Bram193
Kung Fu Lee193
Cousin Fosbury194
Elmer Hoover195
Wild Bill Sitting Bull197
Little Blue Ben198
A Thousand Hairy Savages200
Can a Parrot203
On the Ning Nang Nong204
The Land of the Bumbley Boo207
The Twit210
The Bongaloo211
Cottleston Pie212
The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck213
The Wombat215
The Panda217
The Ostrich218
The Hippopotamus219
The Grackle220
O'er Seas That Have No Beaches221
Crown Me with Hairpins223
Of Pygmies, Palms and Pirates224
I Cannot Give the Reasons226
Come, Break the News to Me, Sweet Horse228
Mips and Ma230
Feste's Song231
Oh, Mother, I Shall Be Married232
My Hat234
The Emperor of Ice-cream236
What a Wonderful Bird237
The Flying Spring Onion238
The Money Tree239
Big Rock Candy Mountains241
The Common Cormorant243
I Walk Before No Man244
'Tis Midnight245
Index of Poems and First Lines249
List of Illustrations254

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The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful anthology of nonsense verse for children's, with original illustrations (Edward Gorey, Spike Milligan, Mervyn Peake) and new illustrations (Quentin Blake, Emma Chichester Clarke). Favourite verses include Lewis Carroll, Edward Gorey, Edward Lear, Spike Milligan, Ogden Nash, and A.A. Milne, but there are many other quirky rhymes by other authors and the ever-popular Anonymous. Very interesting for children to listen to, or read on their own. Good for ages 4 to 12 or older, and fun for parents and grandparents too.