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Mother Ghoul's Curses and Rhymes (Monster Classics Book 1) by [Miller, Sondi]
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Length: 52 pages
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Mother Ghoul-s Curses and Rhymes is a collection of Monster-s myths and legends that has been obtained at great risk to the author-s life for the benefit of a ghoulish posterity. These poems are read at the bedsides of all monsterlings keeping their traditions of history and nightmares alive. They should be read with caution and preferably under doctor-s supervision.  Go ahead and take the risk.

About the Author

I was born in the panhandle of Idaho and grew up in Utah. Then I Married and moved east. I now reside in North Carolina. I have worked for many years as a Ceramicist, Crafter, Seamstress, and Writer. I love Monsters, kids, animals, crafts of any kind and not necessarily in that order. My favorite color is blue.

Product Details

  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lian Danson Publishing; 1 edition (May 25, 2008)
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AA0162
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's like bedtime at the Addam's Family house.
Playful poems and nursery rhymes have been artfully reworked into macabre tidbits. Deliciously dark delights that evoke visions both entertaining and unsettling.
A sinful little repast that makes for one enjoyable guilty pleasure.
The only thing I would suggest to the author; Is to team up with a good graphic artist who can render equally compelling gothic visuals to go with these malicious trinkets.
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These poems are short but sweet little nuggets of ghoulish goodness, nice twists on the old Mother Goose rhymes all of us "old timers" know by heart. Author Sondi Miller managers to maintain the beloved wit and whimsy of the original poems while making them fresh and new. Sometimes I just wish the poems had been longer, because many of them are not only great poems, but great would make great bedtime tales as well.

Mother Ghoul's Curses and Rhymes is indeed a "Monster Classic" that you and your kids will surely enjoy.

- Gregory Bernard Banks, author, reader, reviewer
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These delightfully wicked poems are a lot of fun! Kind of like peeking in a trick or treat bag--You're not sure what all is in there, but you know it'll be good. I read this book slowly, anticipating the "BOO!" lurking... In there.... Somewhere... I dare you.... Turn the page.
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Nursery rhymes were often written as poems for children to disguise their true meaning. The actual purpose might have been political satire or to commemorate actual, and often, frightening historical events. Thus the rhyme, "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary," if truth be told, talks of Queen Mary, the one nicknamed "Bloody Mary" for torturing and burning Protestants alive at the stake. The children's rhyme "Ring Around the Rosy" is about the Bubonic Plague. A rosy red rash in the shape of a ring on the skin was one of the signs of infection. It was believed that the plague was transmitted by bad smells and so pockets and pouches were filled with sweet smelling herbs, or "a pocketful of posies." Of course, when none of it worked, the afflicted died and were cremated, or as the rhyme goes, "ashes, ashes, we all fall down."

During the 16th and 17th centuries people were obsessed with witchcraft and blamed every unexplainable event or natural disaster on witches and their "familiars," those being cats, frogs, crows, bats, geese, and many others who were believed to be evil spirits in animal form doing the witch's bidding. Seen in this light the innocuous seeming "Old Mother Goose" nursery rhyme holds a darker meaning of an old hag who rides on her substitute broomstick, a goose.

Then we have the story of Jack and Jill. Parents might consider this an excellent cautionary tale when reading this rhyme to their children. But if you read to your children at bedtime do not tell them the origin of this little ditty--or your kids might never get to sleep. The rhyme of Jack and Jill is actually a description of the beheading of King Louis XVI (Jack, who broke his crown) and his queen Marie Antoinette (Jill, who came tumbling after).
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