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A Great Big Ugly Man Came Up and Tied His Horse to Me: A Book of Nonsense Verse Paperback – December 1, 1974


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (December 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316852813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316852814
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wallace "Wally" Tripp is an American Illustrator best known for his children's books and Pawprints Greeting Cards. Wally was born in Boston in 1940 and grew up in rural New Hampshire and New York. Drawing was a favorite childhood past-time that he never gave up. Wally attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where he studied illustration and annoyed his teachers with his irreverent sense of humor. He received a bachelor's degree in education from Keene State College and an M.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. He then taught English for three years until devoting himself full-time to illustration, thanks much to the business prowess of his then-wife, Marcy, who later presided over Pawprints Greeting Cards and Sparhawk Books. In spite of his all-consuming devotion to EC Comics, Skookum Indians, RC model aviation, Middle-English poetry and Classical music, Wally managed to illustrate over 60 books and 600 cards for Pawprints. Tripp was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at the age of 42 and had to retire from illustration soon after. In 2001, Wally underwent the life-altering deep-brain stimulation surgery at UCLA Medical Center, which was an extraordinary success. Wallace still writes a little, puns a lot and has never stopped drawing. Tripp has three eccentric children (all artists) and three grandsons; two musicians and a biologist. Tripp currently lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire and can frequently be found trolling the aisles of his beloved Toadstool Bookstore.

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This book is awesome, and I wish they would reprint it!
Pascale A. Nyby
And the book is just as funny as I recalled: wonderful nonsense verses, that will have you laughing, with some delightfully funny and intricate pictures!
P. Evans
To bribe him into giving me my book back, I bought him a copy.
thiedes

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
This marvelous combination of nonsense verse and clever illustrations is a joy to read again and again. On first reading it one can revel in the joy of the silly verse and the whimsical drawings, and any child will delight in all the apparent foolishness. But on subsequent readings you will be drawn to the details in the pictures. Suddenly, the signs, books, records, will become the focus of your reading and then the fun really begins. The reader will come back time and again to study the pictures for the fun and whimsy that Tripp has included in his illustrations.
Share this book with a child but make sure to give yourself time to enjoy the bits of fun and silliness that Tripp has included for the dedicated reader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lnoshay@hotmail.com on June 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Our whole family enjoyed this book. The poems are silly, the illustrations are fun, and we always seemed to laugh a lot. I wouldn't trade those evenings reading with the boys for anything! We bought our local bookstore out and have given them away to friends. We are down to our own copy and need more for our sons homes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hillgaertner on July 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
My wife bought our family copy when it first came out in 1973. She was at a conference in Boston and saw it go on display. Our daughter, born 1971, was raised on it and both my wife and I can quote passages at the drop of a word. Favorites are "The Slithergadee" and "The common cormorant or shag...." Our daughter is now expecting her first child (our first grandchild) and we presented her with our copy. We have recently purchased a paperback copy to read when the child is at our home. Our daughter's sister-in-law read our original copy and is now looking for a copy to read to her son. It is great for teaching children reading and an understanding of art and life. (Yes, I have several Wallace Tripp illustrations.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "stokkhaarig" on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is no way for me to convey the top notch quality of Mr. Tripp's humor and art work in the sketched scenes that decorate both front and back covers and also accompany each verse in this volume. While each of the nonsense verses are wonderful in their own right, the accompanying drawings (with the comments created by Mr. Tripp for the little animal characters he has sketched for each scene) are absolutely delightful!
I received this book as a gift from my husband many years ago and I have worn it to a frazzle enjoying it over and over; it is my healthy tension-reducer and stress manager. Although it is presented as a child's book, I am convinced it was sketched for grownups. I am at a loss for words to tell what an indescribably delicious treat you will find in this book no matter what your age!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "stokkhaarig" on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is no way for me to convey the top notch quality of Mr. Tripp's humor and art work in the sketched scenes that decorate both front and back covers and also accompany each verse in this volume. While each of the nonsense verses are wonderful in their own right, the accompanying drawings (with the comments created by Mr. Tripp for the little animal characters he has sketched for each scene) are absolutely delightful!
I received this book as a gift from my husband many years ago and I have worn it to a frazzle enjoying it over and over; it is my healthy tension-reducer and stress manager. Although it is presented as a child's book, I am convinced it was sketched for grownups. I am at a loss for words to tell what an indescribably delicious treat you will find in this book no matter what your age!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. Janeczek on October 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Maybe it was the way it was read to me as a kid - with inflection and a wry smile - but this is one of my all-time favorite books. I still quote some of the shorter silly verses today! A great gift for a shower or a 2nd-3rd grade reader and up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Humma on February 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
I came across this book when I was in graduate school--living with two commercial artists and studying for my master's in library science. We were in a book store one evening when the woman I lived with started pointing out the cleverness of the illustrations and how well they matched the poetic selections. After all these years I remember my favorite--a little racoon standing in the snow very soberly reciting "I do not like thee Doctor Fell, The reason why I cannot tell..." He is speaking to an old country doctor who is walking through the snow wearing a coonskin hat, carrying his bag, looking soooo tired--and here is this animal lecturing him--the scene is both serious and silly---and they are all like that--there is a depth, an intelligence, that brings the reader back again and again. I read my copy over and over. It was in the children's section, but the humor in the illustrations is definitely aimed at adult appreciation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
When we lived in the mountains, we came across this book at a local small bookstore. We read it to our daughter almost every day, sometimes two or three times a day. We could not stop looking at the illustrations and laugh so hard once we understood what Mr. Tripp was trying to convey with his wonderful, fun drawings. After a while, our daughter was able to sit by herself and recite all that she had put to memory just by looking at the pictures. I am also looking for "Granfa Grigg Had a Pig" book. Please locate one of these for us also. Always good to be entertained by a guy who knows which buttons to push.
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