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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1951)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486201678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486201672
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By V. Kingham on February 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was given this book by my father when I was seven years old and was thoroughly enchanted by it, and remain so to this day. The Owl and the Pussy Cat has passed into children's lore - many people know the rhyme through the song (was it Burl Ives?) or through new illustrated versions of it. They know the limericks (or at least the form, if not the rather esoteric content - the old man with the Beard, for instance, and the lady with the excessively long chin who
had it made sharp
and purchased a harp
and played several tunes with her chin).
But do they know of The Dong with the Luminous Nose, or the Pobble Who Has No Toes, or the short history of Violet, Slingsby, Guy, and Lionel? Or the illustrated botanical alphabet with such plants as the ManyPeeplia Upsidedownia (you'd have to see the drawing!) It would be impossible to say how many times I read, re-read, and enjoyed this book as a child and an adult, including the rather touching, affectionate introduction to the man himself.
Please, please buy this book. You'll never regret it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Lewis on August 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an "unabidged and unaltered repliication of the work originally published 1947" which "is printed in an edition limited to 400 copies" by Amereon House, the publishing division of Amereron Ltd.

It includes the text and ilustrations of Lear's five pubished nonsense works and Holbrook Jackson's introduction titled "Edward Lear: Laureate of Nonsense".

A book to share and to treasure...Order your copy while stocks last.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Poetry lover on May 29, 2008
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The book is a lot of fun, but it can also be a serious tool for understanding English through its inventive vocabulary and the vivid imagery of the poems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. George on January 12, 2012
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If you are a lit fan and want to share your love of reading and good poetry with your kids, this is a great book, full of ridiculous verse and equally ridiculous illustrations to go with it. I enjoy reading it, and my kids (2, 4, and 9) enjoy listening to it, even if they don't get all the references.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Barkley on November 9, 2010
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It was the works of Edward Lear that popularized the term limerick, and since these illustrations and stories were originally created by Edward Lear about one hundred years ago, you will need to take this into consideration when reading this book. It is quaint, but entertaining in its way, though don't expect to understand its message completely. It is nonsense after all. I am glad to have it and find it inspirational when considering certain artistic projects. It is fun, but dumb and that is the intention I believe. Very Kooky and certainly wacky, it rolls on and on. Try it, you will feel saner and more rational after sampling its pages.
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