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Nonsense!    by Edward Lear & Valorie Fisher order for
by Edward Lear
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2004 (2004)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I've always loved Edward Lear's nonsense verses, and the deadpan humor in Valorie Fisher's illustrations only add to the appeal - definitions of unusual or longer words, like 'Accomplished' or 'Vexed', are cleverly incorporated into the pictures.

Here's one that tickles my fancy ... 'There was an old person of Wilts, / Who constantly walked upon stilts; / He wreathed them with lilies, and daffy-down-dillies, / That elegant person of Wilts.' I also like the 'old man of Dumbree, / Who taught little owls to drink tea' (the mind boggles, which is of course Lear's intent).

At the back of the book is a bio and a map of 'The World of Edward Lear' (also famed for his drawings and for The Owl and the Pussycat). Nonsense! is one of those children's books that both kids and adults can enjoy, in different ways.

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