- File Size: 5212 KB
- Print Length: 121 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace; 1 edition (April 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y5ZDHFS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Book of Nonsense: English-Russian Bilingual Edition (Meladina Book Series) Kindle Edition
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This rollicking poetic romp begins with "A Book of Nonsense" (1846), a slew of more-odd-than-bawdy limericks about the Young Lady of Wales, the Old Man of Vienna, and many, many more, all accompanied by the spare, whimsical ink drawings done by Lear himself. Part two urges readers to leap into "Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets" (1871), including the classic "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" and "The Jumblies" (who "went to sea in a Sieve"), along with equally rib-tickling but lesser known selections such as "The Nutcrackers and the Sugar-Tongs." In this section, you'll also discover instructions for how to make Crumbobblious Cutlets, a "Nonsense Botany" guide featuring the Bottlephorkia spoonifolia and the Manypeeplia upsidownia, and "Nonsense Alphabets," strange little poems about quills, rattlesnakes, screws, and other words beginning with letters.
Part three merrily inflicts "More Nonsense Pictures, Rhymes, Botany, &c." (1877) on readers with the well-known plant Washtubbia circularis and more wacky limericks such as "There was an old person of Bar, / Who passed all her life in a jar, / Which she painted pea-green, to appear more serene, / That placid old person of Bar." As icing on a very strange cake, the last section offers "Laughable Lyrics, A Fourth Book of Nonsense Poems, Songs, Botany, Music, &c." (1877), notably including "The Pobble Who Has No Toes." Lear's quirky sense of humor infuses every line of his ever skillful verse, which is often alliterative, and always very silly. Lear, the Laureate of Nonsense, frolics frivolously, and no one should ever go to sea in a Sieve without a copy of this book in tow. (All ages) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This is a book which Amazon should be ashamed to list and should be obliged to refund all of the money paid by each person taken in by the listing.
I'm writing this for people who, like myself, have no idea what this book is about untill you read it, because of some idiot's belief that "This book has been formatted from it's original version..." is some magic phrase that tells us what the book is about.
This book has dozens of hilarious short stories in miniture peom form. Here is an example of some of my favorites.
"There was an old man of Quebec-- a beetle ran over his neck; But he cried "With a needle, I slay you O beadle!" That angry old man of Quebec."
"There was an old man with a poker, who painted his face a red ochre. When they said "You're a guy!" he made no reply, But knocked them all down with his poker."
and my favorite of them all, which any spongebob fan would love, "There was an old man of Peru, who watched his wife make stew; but once, by mistake, in a stove she did bake, that unfortunate man of Peru."
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(ps That's how the system works eh.)
I love the old poems I used to read at school
Brings back so many memories
one of my digital downloads for my Kindle
Really simple to download and keep all your titles in one place
If you change your Reader or need to download them on another machine it is so easy
Just register your device in the settings and away you go
It just couldn't be simpler
Great books and lots of them are free to download as well
Highly recommend using Amazon for all your digital downloads
It was Kindle-ised by a group of volunteers, no doubt motivated by a desire to preserve these original works. From a historical point of view such endeavours always have merit and this, along with the problem-free formatting, is the reason for the 3 stars. Illustrations, which presumably accompanied the original text, have not been included which is a shame but understandable.
Don't read if you simply want to be entertained; chances are you won't be. Do read if you have an interest in this particular form of poetry.
As I got the book free when I doownloaded the Kindle app,however, I would definitely say it is good value!
Edward Lear's classic book of rhymes is a must for anyone who can read. It provides endless amusement, particularly on a Kindle as you can just "dip into it" when you have a couple of moments to spare (perhaps waiting for a train or on the bus) and don't want to get into anything too taxing. That said it will make you think.
Buy a copy, it's fun!
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