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Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes Hardcover – August, 2003

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Grade 4-6-These takeoffs on standard nursery rhymes have all the subtlety of grade school and adolescent gross-out jokes. For example, the true story of Jack and Jill is one of murder: "Jill pushed Jack unto his death/when he had paused to catch his breath./She felt remorse for the first time/and threw herself not far behind." Bo Peep complains about her sheep and then "She thought about what should be done,/and then went on to eat each one." The illustrations are stylized and dark, reminiscent of Tim Burton's animated characters. Nursery rhymes have been parodied to brilliant satirical effect in Eve Merriam's Inner City Mother Goose (S & S, 1996). Jack Prelutsky's collections of eerie poems, such as Nightmares (1976) and The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight (1980, both Greenwillow), remain the scary poem gold standard. This collection is obvious and trite.
Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME
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"Belongs at the bedside of every child who ever had a twisted thought (and every adult too!)." -- Clive Barker
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: BABY TATTOO BOOKS; First edition, first printing (full number line) edition (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972938877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972938877
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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and that's a good thing! I just recently discovered Gris Grimly searching on Amazon.com, and he's quickly become one of my favorite artists. His illustrations in this book are so engrossing, I love to just sit and pick out all the detail. And the little stories are very clever and funny. My only complaint is that the book wasn't long enough. I'd love to see Mr. Grimly explore more classic fairy tales and make them his own. This book is a must for any dark child.
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I got a sneak preview of this book, and it is delightful. I enjoyed the artwork and the new, slightly twisted versions of old nursery rhymes is appropriate and entertaining for all ages. I liked it so much that I am giving out Halloween Gifts this year!
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A bit naughty, which is why my grandson (age 8 when we began reading this) and I love this and all of Gris Grimly's books. These are not sugar and spice. These are for smart kids, and adults who love silly humor.
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Gris Grimly - wonderful name isn't it - is the most creative artist I have ever found. Great rhymes, incredible artwork, just the right amount of the creepy factor. This book is for anyone at all (young or old) who appreciates the weird and slightly twisted.
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The art in this book is amazing and the tales are creepy, eerie, gross, morbid and friggin awesome! I bought this book a couple years ago and always break it out in the month of october to read it to my kids under the moonlight. I know...I know. "but you said this isn't a book for normal kids." Well, my kids aren't normal and neither is dad. They absolutely love anything by Tim Burton and so do I, They aren't Goths and neither am I. Their favorite holiday is Halloween and wouldn't ya know it, so is mine.

I recently came across another wicked little story book by an equally talented Illustrator and Writer. If you love Spooky Stories shown though a Tim Burton lens, you're gonna love this book and if you love this book you'll love this other twisted take on Goldilocks: And The Three Bears.
http://www.amazon.com/Goldilocks-Three-Bears-P-Tanasit-ebook/dp/B015YQFZQS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1443622420&sr=1-1&keywords=p.+tanasit+goldilocks
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Grimly's art is an acceptable facsimile of the styles of Ed Gorey and Tim Burton -- but it is when he takes up the pen for other purposes that he gets into trouble. His poetry is wildly uneven, with cringe-inducing lines, such as:

'After his instruction's through, he leaves to go find someone new.
When he chooses to meander, he flies away upon his gander.'

-- from the poem Father Grim

'She would scream, curse, spit, and swear.
She said things children wouldn't dare.

To other classmates, she would be cruel,
And so she made no friends at school...'

-- from the poem Miss Muffet

'Jill would jab him with a pin
While she bared an evil grin.

Jack would bash her on the head,
Without guilt, until she bled.'

-- from the poem Jack and Jill

Grimly fans may defend his poorly written poems by pointing out that he is writing them for young children and not adults, that he employs the basic metre so it's easy for kids to follow, but that is no excuse. Kids aren't stupid. They can follow a poem with a more complex rhyming scheme than Grimly has to offer. Observe:

'How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tale,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spread his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!'

'The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
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I love the artwork of Gris Grimly. I already own this book, but I bought this copy for my niece. It gives an eerie spin to the classic children's nursery rhymes, and has beautiful spooky illustrations.
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If you like the style of Gris Grimly, then you'll definitely love this book. If you don't know Gris Grimly, then this is great opportunity to know him (or his writing and drawing style). This book includes some of the most commonly known nursery rhymes, such as Jack and Jill, Mary Mary quite contrary, and Jack jumps over a candle stick, re-wrote and re-visited by the masterful Grimly! Under the pen of GRIMly you'll see these old, familiar rhymes transformed and interpreted in a new "grim" and "wicked" light, accompanied by the excellent yet morbid illustration. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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