An Edward Lear Alphabet

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9780060281137: An Edward Lear Alphabet

Once there was a little rhyme,

Rhymey

Chimey

Little rhyme.


About a bunch of lovely letters,

Bettery

Jettery

All settery

Little letters.


Then someone smart

Created some art.

Arty

Party

Aren't you smarty

Little art.


And this is now a

Tippity

Toppity

Just cant stoppity

Alphabet book.


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An Edward Lear Alphabet was first published in 1871, illustrated with the King of Nonsense's own incongruously matter-of-fact pen-and-ink sketches. Evidently Lear composed this rhyming alphabet for some children he befriended in a hotel, leaving a poem a day on the family's breakfast table. "A was once an apple pie, / Pidy / Widy / Tidy / Pidy / Nice insidy / Apple pie," he begins jauntily. Kids will love repeating the verses out loud--"E was once a little eel, / Eely / Weely / Peely / Eely / Twirly tweely / Little eel"--particularly early readers just learning to sound out words. Vladimir Radunsky's modern, explosively colorful, rather Monty Python-like collages (reminiscent of Yucka Drucka Droni) complement Lear's simple verse remarkably well, considering the century-long leap in style and attitude. These bold illustrations, many of which conjure a bald, bearded, bespectacled Lear, make the whimsical poet's verse all the more accessible. Readers who adore Lear and his joyful frivolity should also investigate the 1846 classic A Book of Nonsense, a rollicking, ridiculous poetic romp that no child or adult should be without. (Ages 3 to 6) --Karin Snelson

About the Author:

Edward Lear, author of An Edward Lear Alphabet, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky, is the author of many collections of nonsense verse and is widely anthologized.

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