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Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists

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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 Bru
Hardcover, 103 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by First Second
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Sep 05, 2011 Scope rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
It’s no secret we are living in the age of superstar team-ups. With Watch the Throne on the top of the Billboard charts, The Miami Heat making waves in the NBA, and The Avengers one of the most highly anticipated films of 2012, it’s hard to say otherwise. The beautiful Nursery Rhyme Comics is a superstar team-up of a different kind. No less than 50 of our best cartoonists and illustrators have contributed their interpretations of classic (and a number of lesser-known) nursery rhymes. While this ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
"Great fun."

A year after posting my succinct review, I've picked up this nursery rhyme cartoon anthology again at the library and still think it's wonderful, as do my children -- we definitely need our own copy. My hands down favorite rendition is Cyril Pedrosa's "This little Piggy." A few of the entries are a shade ho-hum, but that just makes one appreciate the quirky ones more. Keen scrutiny of Craig Thompson's "The Owl and the Pussycat" reveals that the runcible spoon is in fact a spork; that
Jan 02, 2016 Brandi rated it it was amazing
I simply adore "Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists". I love the artwork and the rhymes reminiscent of childhood. My favorites are Eleanor Davis's "The Queen of Hearts" (I love the color scheme) and Laura Park's "Croak, Said the Toad" (I think the artwork just looks really cool). I also enjoyed Nick Bruel's "Three Little Kittens" just because I had read it so many times as a child. I would recommend this collection to cartoon/comic and nursery rhyme ...more
Sep 25, 2011 Karissa rated it it was amazing
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. It was a very fun read and something that I think kids of all ages and adults will both enjoy.

There are a number (fifty to be exact) of nursery rhymes illustrated and retold in various ways. Some of them are just beautiful renditions of the nursery rhymes, some of them are ironic retellings, and some of them are fantastic re-imaginings.

For example Jack Be Nimble has a little boy making asides about how stupid you would have to be to jum
Alex Telander
Dec 19, 2011 Alex Telander rated it it was amazing
Everyone knows what a nursery rhyme is; many of us can still remember a number of them, or at least what they were about; and still a few more of us can recall certain nursery rhymes word for word; but ask any of us what they mean or how they got made up, and you’ll be greeted with a look of dumbfoundedness. What exactly is the deal with an egg falling off the wall, or two kids falling down a hill, or even a cow jumping over a moon?

In Nursery Rhyme Comics, the artists explore these familiar nurs
Jan 17, 2012 Earl rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, kids
I’m not a big reader of graphic novels although I’ve been trying to remedy that. And, one of the standout writers of that genre has been Gene Luen Yang of “American Born Chinese” and “The Eternal Smile”. It was while checking on what other things he’s written that I ran across “Nursery Rhyme Comics”.

This is an anthology where cartoonists had free reign to re-imagine nursery rhymes. I was surprised by how many illustrators I recognized- like Patrick McDonnell, Nick Bruel, Jules Feiffer, Craig Tho
May 18, 2012 Jency rated it really liked it
Such a cute book. I love such clever comics which helps relive my childhood!
I esp love the illustration on 'There was an Old Lady who lived in a Shoe'. Such a cool spin.
Every rhyme is so beautifully illustrated.
I havent shared it with my toddler yet. Maybe when the time is right, she will love it too.
Scott Robins
Aug 05, 2015 Scott Robins rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-kids
What a fantastic collection of the best cartoonists today and their personal takes on classic nursery rhymes - so fascinating with who went traditional and who went with a completely different interpretation.
May 18, 2012 Lidya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is such a kool book. Classic Nursery Rhymes and Comics all in one. I love it and so does my son, definitely one for his/my collection :)
Mar 19, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-folklore, j-poetry
It is so fascinating how different illustrators decide to depict these nursery rhymes. While the rhymes stick to the traditional words we all know, many of the illustrations are wildly interpretive.
Feb 27, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
I don't love all the cartoons but my kids are really into this book. It is a fun take on old nursery rhymes--some of which are quite creepy.
Nov 02, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nursery-rhymes
1. None
2. First through second grade
3. A collection of classic nursery rhymes, each illustrated and put into comic form by a different popular cartoonist. Some rhymes included are “Hickory Dickory Dock,” “Jack and Jill,” “Hey Diddle Diddle,” and “Little Boy Blue.” There are also a few that are less well known included, such as “The Lion and the Unicorn” and “Hector Protector.”
4. Using different cartoonists for each nursery rhyme to make an anthology was a stroke of genius with a wonderful result
Amory Blaine
From the cover art and title, this book appears aimed at young children. Inside, however, the illustrations are intricate and the lyrical stories often dark and absurd. Diverse artwork highlight the odd tales we all grew up obliviously reciting. (How could a little woman live in a shoe? Why should Jack jump over a candlestick? Etc infinity!) Most of the endings are abrupt, and many bizarre, like when a random maid's nose is snatched off by a crow. Some artists work to subvert the dark subtext of ...more
I've updated my review to include my initial thoughts and my "I'm done with the book now" thoughts... :)

I liked what I read on my first night of reading this book, but I somehow expected more. The comics are from a variety of styles, some more enjoyable than others. Some of the comics are very basic: just drawn to match the rhymes; while others are more fleshed out: these cartoonists really put their imaginations to use. I'm enjoying these the most, as with the Queen of Hearts by Eleanor Davis:
Rachel Devine
Oct 13, 2016 Rachel Devine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nursery-rhymes
1) No awards
2) Grades: Preschool-3
3) This Book is a collection of traditional nursery rhymes presented in a comic book form. the pictures are very vibrant and descriptive.
4) This book was very enjoyable to read. It was very easy to follow the nursery rhymes and the pictures described the rhymes very well. I liked that they are the rhymes I have heard since I was a child but presented in a completely new way.
5) There are a few ways this book can be used in-class. One way is to use the book to
Jennifer Martelon
Feb 16, 2016 Jennifer Martelon rated it really liked it
Title: Nursery Rhyme Comics
Author: Chris Duffy
Illustrator: Different illustrators for each nursery rhyme
Genre: Book of nursery rhymes
Themes: Rhyming, comics, animals
Opening line/sentence: Worlds collide: two art forms that kids love come together in this inspired collection of classic nursery rhymes interpreted by comics.
Brief Book Summary: This book has 50 nursery rhymes included in it. However, these nursery rhymes are illustrated differently than normal. All of the nursery rhymes included in
Marissa Sansone
Title: Nursery Rhyme Comics
Author: Chris Duffy
Illustrator: Various illustrations for each nursery rhyme
Genre: Book of Nursery Rhymes
Theme(s): Rhyming, Comics, Animals
Opening line/sentence:
Worlds collide: two art forms that kids love come together in this inspired collection of classic nursery rhymes interpreted by comics.
Brief Book Summary: This book is a compilation of 50 nursery. Young children can read as many or as little as they want. Kids can see their favorite nursery rhymes in comic form
Nancy O'Toole
Mar 01, 2012 Nancy O'Toole rated it really liked it
I think it's safe to say that most American children have experienced their fair share of nursery rhymes. I have memories of reciting them in preschool, and reading from a large hardcover book that collected and illustrated many of the most popular rhymes. Nursery Rhyme Comics takes the idea of the classic collection of nursery rhymes and updates it for our current graphic-novel hungry generation of youngsters. Each nursery rhyme is presented in comic strip form and runs from one to three pages ...more
Tim Lewis
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Premise: What happens when you take fifty of today’s cartoonists and you have them interpret and illustrate fifty classic nursery rhymes? You get a collection like this of re-imagined stories for people of all ages.

You’ll see familiar stories such as Hey, Diddle Diddle, Little Boy Blue, and Jack and Jill, along with not so familiar (at least to me) such as The Donkey and For Want of a Nail, but each one puts a fresh spin on a classi
Adrienne Jones
Fun. I haven't had an easy time interesting my kids in nursery rhymes and the visual storytelling really helped them enjoy this collection.
Apr 18, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
(Primary) Nursery Rhyme Comics
1. This graphic novel will be a wonderful addition to my personal library. I recently purchased this book on my Nook. The first unit I teach to my preschool students is “school beginnings” and we focus on a few nursery rhymes. This book will really add a nice twist to the rhymes we read and recite in class and provided the students with simple, bright and visual images.

2.This book can be used with the first unit of student in my preschool curriculum and can be used
LeAnn Suchy
Mar 07, 2012 LeAnn Suchy rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.

Regardless of age, many of us probably know the same nursery rhymes. I think I was always partial to “Three Blind Mice” and “Humpty Dumpty,” though I have no clue why I liked the idea of the poor egg not being able to be put back together again.

While designed for kids, Nursery Rhyme Comics, with fifty different cartoonists taking a stab at the beloved rhymes, is great for both young and old. The whole time I read it I was smiling, not only because the old r
Mary Ann
Nov 03, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd, humor, 4th, 1st, 2nd, graphic-novels
With 50 nursery rhymes illustrated by an talented array of leading cartoonists, this book is a visual feast. Each cartoonist was asked by editor Chris Duffy to interpret a different nursery rhyme, one suited to their particular taste or style. The result is a humorous, often quirky collection of some old favorites and some lesser-known traditional rhymes. Some pairings play off the cartoonists’ reputations - Nick Bruel, well-known for his Bad Kitty series (Bad Kitty Takes a Bath, Roaring Brook, ...more
Jackie B. Forman
What a delightful collection of nursery rhymes!

Growing up, I owned a beautiful collection of Nursery Rhymes. My mother would read them to me all the time. It contained a grand collection of watercolors for each rhyme. I particularly enjoyed when my mother sang the rhymes aloud to me (I will certainly need to locate that book!). However, that collection, being hard-backed with gold filigree, was something fancy and special.

What I love about this collection of rhymes is how informal it feels.

Apr 25, 2015 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A new take on many famous nursery rhymes and a few new ones as well. While the traditional nursery rhyme text is there the cartoonists took some liberties to add their own style and flair to these classic rhymes. The illustrations are unique to the variety of artists who contributed their talents. Some hold true to the traditional nature of the rhyme "Three Little Kitten's" while others take a more modern twist "There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe" featuring a tattooed, rock n' roll ...more
Shelby Soukup
Apr 02, 2015 Shelby Soukup rated it really liked it
My first graphic novel is "Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists" by Chris Duffy. I chose this as one of my graphic novels because I personally think that Nursery Rhymes are so fun for younger elementary students to read. Also, I loved the illustrations in this graphic novel! They are all so bright and colorful that I had no doubt each page would catch the student's eyes. I think that when introducing this book to a class of young readers, I would start off by ...more
3.5 stars, but I bumped it up because it's fun and lovely. Some of the comics were really beautiful, funny, subtle, and silly and others were really ham-fisted and disappointing. But (I think) the longest comic in here is only like 3 pages, so you can just skip to the next one. My usual comics loves stood out: Eleanor Davis (The queen of hearts), Lilli Carré (Sing a song of sixpence), Mike Mignola (Solomon Grundy), Lucy Knisley (There was an old woman who lived in a shoe), Tony Millionaire (Rub- ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Raina rated it liked it
I gotta be honest - I wanted more from this.

It's an impressive undertaking. Most of the contributions are supershort - on average one spread - and getting all these superstar comic artists to draw for this must have been quite a job. The production is lovely - every comic is lavishly colored, even though the book includes a crazy variety of visual styles.


I wanted more interpretation here. More embellishment. More playing. Too many of these are relatively straight illustrations of the mondof
Jacob Combs
Jun 23, 2013 Jacob Combs rated it it was amazing
A Wonderful Nursery Rhyme book for little kids and adults too! While I usually review books on music and entertainment, this volume came from Amazon's Vine Reviewer program. I'm so glad it did, since I was not aware of this publisher.

Editor Chris Duffy who, for some strange reason, is not listed on the cover or the title page. Commissioned 50 cartoonists/graphic artists to provide illustrated versions of 50 "timeless" nursery rhymes and compiled them in the colorful hardbound book. What sounds s
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