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Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists Hardcover – October 11, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159643600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436008
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
First Second is very proud to present Nursery Rhyme Comics. Featuring fifty classic nursery rhymes illustrated and interpreted in comics form by fifty of today’s preeminent cartoonists and illustrators, this is a groundbreaking new entry in the canon of nursery rhymes treasuries.

From New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s “There Was a Crooked Man” to Bad Kitty author Nick Bruel’s “Three Little Kittens” to First Second’s own Gene Yang’s “Pat-a-Cake,” this is a collection that will put a grin on your face from page one and keep it there.

Each rhyme is one to three pages long, and simply paneled and lettered to ensure that the experience is completely accessible for the youngest of readers. Chock full of engaging full-color artwork and favorite characters (Jack and Jill! Old Mother Hubbard! The Owl and the Pussycat!), this collection will be treasured by children for years to come.

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Nursery Rhyme Comics cartoonists:

Nick Abadzis; Andrew Arnold; Kate Beaton; Vera Brosgol; Nick Bruel; Scott Campbell; Lilli Carre; Roz Chast; JP Coovert; Jordan Crane; Rebecca Dart; Eleanor Davis; Vanessa Davis; Theo Ellsworth; Matt Forsythe; Jules Feiffer; Bob Flynn; Alexis Frederick-Frost; Ben Hatke; Gilbert Hernandez; Jaime Hernandez; Lucy Knisley; David Macaulay; Mark Martin; Patrick McDonnell; Mike Mignola; Tony Millionaire; Tao Nyeu; George O’Connor; Mo Oh; Eric Orchard; Laura Park; Cyril Pedrosa; Lark Pien; Aaron Renier; Dave Roman; Marc Rosenthal; Stan Sakai; Richard Sala; Mark Siegel; James Sturm; Raina Telgemeier; Craig Thompson; Richard Thompson; Sara Varon; Jen Wang; Drew Weing; Gahan Wilson; Gene Luen Yang; Stephanie Yue; and an introduction by Leonard Marcus.

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Customer Reviews

A Wonderful Nursery Rhyme book for little kids and adults too!
Steve Ramm
This new book on classic rhymes features contemporary cartoonists, graphic artists, and comic book illustrators who put their own spin on the well-known ditties.
Alex Honda
Some of these will charm the smallest child and others will need an older eye to fully appreciate the sly humor.
J.Prather

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2011
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Nursery Rhyme Comics is a surprisingly comprehensive collection of most of the great rhymes I loved as a child, plus a couple I had never heard of. Each rhyme is given fresh treatment by one of fifty well known artists. They range from from the incredible cuteness of the donkey lifting his horn "To wake the world this sleepy morn" so expertly portrayed by Patrick McDonnell, to Lucy Knisley's decidedly different visual take on There Was and Old Woman Who Lived in A Shoe. The old woman in this version is Ruth of Ruth's Rock n Roll Babysitting Service. Ruth is an old woman wearing a skull t-shirt and sporting tattoos on both arms. Her rock band is the whips, and the kids sleep off an afternoon of rock and roll till their parents come and pick them up.

Quite a few of the comics are faithful interpretations of each rhyme, such as The Itsy Bitsy Spider. There's a spider, there's a spout and he gets all washed out, the only addition is that he's carrying luggage. Cute stuff! Jack Be Nimble is mad because he jumped over a candlestick - the last frame shows a decidedly red bottom! Solomon Grundy is a bit creepy, and Croak said the Toad is just beautifully illustrated by Laura Park. I especially liked One Two Buckle My Shoe by Dave Roman. It's count the clones time! I have far too many favorites to describe them all, but whether they are straightforward interpretations, or if the artist has placed a new spin on the old rhyme, these are all wonderful ways to introduce a child who may be somewhat older to some classic rhymes they might have missed out on during their toddler days.

This is a great book for any child's personal collection and will perhaps be best suited for households with a wide range of ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 15, 2011
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Nursery rhymes. What's up with that? (I feel like a stand up comedian when I put it that way). They're ubiquitous but nonsensical. Culturally relevant but often of unknown origins. Children's literary scholar Leonard Marcus ponders the amazing shelf life of nursery rhymes himself and comes up with some answers. Why is it that they last as long as they do in the public consciousness? Marcus speculates that "the old-chestnut rhymes that beguile in part by sounding so emphatically clear about themselves while in fact leaving almost everything to our imagination" leave themselves open to interpretation. And who better to do a little interpreting than cartoonists? Including as many variegated styles as could be conceivably collected in a single 128-page book, editor Chris Duffy plucks from the cream of the children's graphic novel crop (and beyond!) to create a collection so packed with detail and delight that you'll find yourself flipping to the beginning to read it all over again after you're done. Mind you, I wouldn't go handing this to a three-year-old any time soon, but for a certain kind of child, this crazy little concoction is going to just the right bit of weirdness they require.

Fifty artists are handed a nursery rhyme apiece. The goal? Illustrate said poem. Give it a bit of flair. Put in a plot if you have to. So it is that a breed of all new comics, those of the nursery ilk, fill this book. Here at last you can see David Macaulay bring his architectural genius to "London Bridge is Falling Down" or Roz Chast give "There Was a Crooked Man" a positive spin. Leonard Marcus offers an introduction giving credence to this all new coming together of text and image while in the back of the book editor Chris Duffy discusses the rhymes' history and meaning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Latin Pod VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
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I don't have young children anymore, but I do teach Gifted and Talented students from 1st through 5th grade. I ordered this book, because we study innovations in 5th grade, so I though this book would fit right in. The combination of popular Nursery Rhymes with comic book style illustrations was a hit with my students. They now understand what the term "innovation" means, as well as what a "parody" is. My students were reciting the classic nursery rhymes as I read the book out-loud and laughing at the whimsical illustrations. Some of their favorites were "Three Little Kittens," "Rock-a-bye Baby," "Pop Goes the Weasel," and "Humpty Dumpty," but they laughed especially hard when we read "Jack be Nimble." My next activity will be to have the students create their own innovations on a popular fairy tale of their choice. I can't wait to see what my highly creative students come up with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on October 1, 2011
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Here's a way to enjoy nursery rhymes no matter what your age. "Nursery Rhyme Comics" is a lovely hardcover book (w/ dust jacket) that brings together 50 known cartoonists to illustrate 50 famous nursery rhymes in their own unique styles. Some give quite literal illustrations, while others take things in a completely original direction. All present something fun and curious to read though, with fantastic and fanciful drawings on every page. Great if you have kids, but even if you don't. I picked this one because I'm a cartoonist who has contributed to gathered efforts like this myself, and because I can't think of a more preferred way to read Nursery Rhymes than in a comic book format. If you're a fan of the "Big Book" series like "The Big Book of Grimm" or "The Big Book of Urban Legends", then this is a great nursery rhyme collection for you. 119 pages that include a fine introduction, editor's note, and a much appreciated contributors' section.
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