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Quentin Blake's Book of Nonsense Verse Hardcover – 27 Oct 1994


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books; 1st edition (27 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670852287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670852284
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,208,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Quentin Blake is one of Britain's most renowned illustrators. Born in the suburbs of London in 1932, he read English at Cambridge before becoming a full-time freelance illustrator. He began his career working for magazines such as The Spectator and Punch. For many years he taught at the Royal College of Art, where he was head of the Illustration Department from 1978 to 1986. He became the very first Children's Laureate in 1999 and was made a CBE in 2005. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Kennedy on 10 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Gardner on 9 July 2009
Format: Paperback
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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By Mel Woods on 7 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
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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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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