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A breath of fresh air for some old friends
on October 3, 2011
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. Some of these will charm the smallest child and others will need an older eye to fully appreciate the sly humor. Adults will get a kick out of this one as well, making it a book sure to be enjoyed by the entire family. Out of all fifty rhymes, I could only count one or two that missed the mark,leaving this to be an excellent volume just teeming with creative, fun artistry. It's nice to see the classics get a breath of fresh air and a new look. Recommended.