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The Puffin Book of Nonsense Verse (Puffin Poetry)

The Puffin Book of Nonsense Verse (Puffin Poetry) [Kindle Edition]

Quentin Blake
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Dancing flamingos, poodle strudel, Glurpy Slurpy Skakagralls: The Puffin Book of Nonsense Verse has them all. Galumph with Lewis Carroll and his "Jabberwocky." Meet James Whitcomb Riley's lugubrious whing-whang and A.B. Paterson's football hurling emus. Learn to plant a mailbox, why yaks should be commended and the fate of Auntie Flo (who became a crow). And while you're at it, don't forget to chortle at Blake's fabulous (or as Lewis Carroll would say, frabjous) drawings: a Greenland whale lounging in her nightie, Mother Hubbard's pipe-smoking, flute-playing, goat-riding dog, along with dozens more.

Like this excerpt from Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach:

We may see the venemous Pink-Spotted Scrunch
Who can chew up a man with one bite.
It likes to eat five of them roasted for lunch
And eighteen for supper at night.
But who cares! Let us go from the horrible hill!
Let us roll! Let us bowl! Let us plunge!
Blake has searched high and low to bring us some of the best nonsense verse in the English language. Along with time-tested favourites by Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, A.E. Housman and Spike Milligan, he includes the lesser known (but no less brilliant) Roger McGough and Jack Prelutsky. Also making rare and welcome appearances are John Updike and John Ciardi, two writers so well known for their serious writing that their extraordinarily silly poems are often (regrettably) overlooked. --Martha Silano

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Ever eaten Poodle Strudel? Slain a Jabberwock? Bathed in Irish Stew? Quentin Blake is one of the best loved of children’s illustrators. In this brilliant book he has selected and illustrated his favourite comic verse, making it pure entertainment for nonsense-lovers of all ages. His unique style of drawing brings a new perspective to every poem. Classic writers such as Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear are combined with more contemporary talents such as Roger McGough, Margaret Mahy and Russell Hoban. With fifteen wonderfully absurd sections, including Distracting Creatures, Sticky Ends, I Wish I Were a Jelly Fish, A Recipe for Indigestion and Chortling and Galumphing, here is a delightful collection of the topsy-turvy, the fantastical, the anarchic, the illogical and the utterly wonderful.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5787 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140366601
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (3 Oct 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00371V70G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for kids 10 Aug 2005
Having a good selection of poetry for children these days is an essential part of teaching and parenting. With the emphasis on reading this book is a good way to get reluctant readers to appreciate the humour that words can conjure up. This is a very good selection of poems from a variety of writers that both tickle the funny bone and raise smiles. I would recommend this book for any one wanting to interest a child into reading or just wanting a change from novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great resource for teaching 9 July 2009
I used this book to read my Year 2 class different poems - really helpful that the poems are categorised in different sections - helps cross curricular work. All in all - a great resource for teachers - as well as introducing your kids to fantastic poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood revisited 30 July 2013
As a child, I was an Ogden Nash and Spike Milkligan fan. This revives those memories and adds a goood few new ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Puffin book of Nonsense Verse 25 Jan 2013
By Deana
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As my sister loves Spike Milligan, I thought she would like, so I bought it for her and she loves reading it to her children
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5.0 out of 5 stars great selection box 7 Nov 2012
This is a great selection box of verses. Perfect for dipping. Old favourites like Spike Milligan and Edward Lear provide ditties I can still quote word for word from my own childhood. But there are newer surprises too from John Updike and even Thackery that I never knew about.
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