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Silly Verse for Kids (Puffin Books) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Jan 1973

4.7 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Impression edition (25 Jan. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140303316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140303315
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The legendary and iconic figure, Spike Milligan was born at Ahmednagar in India in 1918. He received his first education in a tent in the Hyderabad Sindh desert and graduated from there, through a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and England, to the Lewisham Polytechnic. He then plunged into the world of Show Business, seduced by his first stage appearance, at the age of eight, in the nativity play of his Poona convent school. He began his career as a band musician, but became famous as a humorous scriptwriter and actor in both films and broadcasting. He was the creator, principal writer and performer of the infamous Goon Show. Spike received an honorary CBE in 1992 and Knighthood in 2000. He died in 2002.


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WARNING: This book may seriously affect you for the rest of your life.
Today I saw a little worm,
Wiggling on his belly,
Perhaps he'd like to come inside,
And see whats on the telly.
This book is the reason I smiled in my school photo, aged 6.
It belonged to my Mum when she was younger and now it's falling apart.
It's still fantastic to return to as an adult. Spike Milligan knocks spots of Dr Seuss and Edward Lear,
to call this a book of "nonsense poems" would be an insult, they make perfect sense and are surreally beautiful, as are Milligan's illustrations/diagrams.
These poems put some very, very funny pictures in my head when I was small and I haven't recovered.
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I first came across this book as a 5 year old, it was read to us in the classroom by a relief teacher and I have loved it ever since (a life changing experiance). I can still remmember all of String and Worm from 30 years ago, so I have had to buy it for my Daughter (7 months old) but until she is old enough to appreciate it I'll keep it safe for her. Ideal for any child big or small.
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By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2001
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This book is very, very, very silly! My favourite poems are The Land Of The Bumbley Boo and On The Ning Nong Nong. The words make your tongue feel funny and your head act silly. If you read it you'll feel silly! Martha Ives (aged 7)
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By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2003
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Spike is King!
A collection of bizaar, thoughtful and quirky snippets from Milligan's fantastically creative mind. I loved these as a child and have re-discovered them as an adult. A fine purchase for children aged 0 - 100.
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Just a really, really nice book, full of silliness and madcap humour. Spike was tuned in to children's wavelength like no one else. How he did this while suffering from depression and madness no one knows. How tragic that he suffered himself while giving such joy to so many people.

The child isn't born who wouldn't love these verses!
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I am 38 years old at the time of writing, and I can still recite about a dozen of these poems from memory. My copy went to my sister, and between us we broke it. But both of us still recite poems to each other. Now I have a little boy, I have the perfect excuse to buy a new copy (although in truth, I have looked in bookshops with no success way before he was even thought of). So here it is, handily reprinted, so that my young 'un can learn the joys of the ning nang nong, the bongaloo, the emperor of China and ooey-gooey the worm. Silly can be genius too. Treat yourself to some silliness and stay smiling forever.
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Divinely silly, glorious verses for kids of any age by the wonderfull Spike Milligan.

My dad gave me this book when I was 4 or 5, and I soon memorised 'Mary Pugh was nearly two, when she went outdoors...' because it had me in hysterics. I still recite it now, at age 43, whenever I need a little cheering up. And it works!

Spike Milligan was a comic genius, whose brilliant silliness could be appreciated by all agegroups. And who can resist the delightfully bonkers 'On the Ning Nang Nong'? Only a miserable old fool!

Thanks dad and god bless Spike!
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Bought this for my five year old son but I had to read it first! It's great and my son has had a good giggle reading it too. He loved the little quirky drawings that go along with the poems. The only negative is that the book is a little thin, the copy is not printed to 100% black and the font size could do with going up a point or two to make it easier to read. Overall? we like Spike.
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