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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 thems ...more
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 enthusiast ...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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 r ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Amy added it
Shelves: j-comics, 2012
Nursery Rhyme Comics was a quick, fun read. 50 comics creators (some famous, some not-so-famous) share their unique takes on 50 different nursery rhymes (again, some famous, some not-so-famous). I think my favorite part about this book was how some of the artists would take a rhyme into new territory just with their illustrations. The text never deviates from the classic nursery rhymes, but sometimes the drawings would make me say: “Hey, I never thought about it like that before!” I tended not t ...more
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
Dec 05, 2014 Kaitlyn Steckbeck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
"Nursery Rhyme Comics" is a great book for a wide variety of ages. It can be read to preschool and kindergartners but the older kids in first, second, and third grade would enjoy it too. I think even fourth graders would like it because I love this book. The pictures and very vibrant and exciting. Plus, every page is different! Some pages have brighter colors while others have a more dull look depending on the nursery rhyme for that page. I think in a classroom nursery rhymes are great to get ki ...more
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
Jun 21, 2016 Melki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, comics
Some of my favorite artists and cartoonists join together to bring those strange, sing-songy, occasionally disturbing rhymes from childhood to life.





Interesting editor's note at the back of the book - it seems very few of these popular classics were originally created to entertain children, but were derived from published songs, folk songs, and poems.

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 grand ...more
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.
Women Write About Comics
Fairy tales, mythology, and nursery rhymes have unstoppable longevity. The stories are ancient and they never die, they simply change with the times. Nursery Rhyme Comics furthers this evolution by revamping the images that accompany the rhymes.

Most rhymes are so old that we can only guess what their origins were. Common beliefs about the real meaning of the rhymes are almost always wrong. Figuring out where the songs came from is made even harder as the lyrics are constantly evolving, obliterat
Feb 08, 2016 Monica rated it liked it
This collection takes many commonly known children's rhymes and reimagines them using the artistic prowess of many well known cartoonists. From "Three Blind Mice" to "Baa-Baa, Black Sheep," children can read or be read a different take on the classics they will undoubtedly be used to.

Its very interesting to see these age old rhymes done in a modern format. In a way it is refreshing, but it may be tough for some to see the value in modernizing tales from their childhood that to some may seem unne
Elizabeth Lauver
Dec 07, 2014 Elizabeth Lauver rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Nursery Rhyme Comics, by Chris Duffy, is a graphic novel that can be used in many classrooms. I enjoyed the different stories that were depicted in this novel. A novel as simple as nursery rhymes transformed through graphics would be a great book to have available in my future classroom. Students that are slow readers or have a hard time reading will benefit by having this book available to them. These students will then think of words that could be used and relate them to a picture that they ar ...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:
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.
Jul 30, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
OK, actually more like 4.5, but it's pretty fantastic. Every once in a while I'd try to read Mother Goose or Nursery Rhymes to my son, but he was never interested. But then, I found this book at the library and now he can't get enough. Each short rhyme has a 2 or sometimes 3 page spread in comic book/graphic novel style. Each rhyme is illustrated by a different artist, so some are better than others, but they are on the whole fantastic. My son loves it (he's almost 5). He has half of them memori ...more
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 :)
Oct 15, 2015 Siobhan added it
Shelves: edrd-314
Amazing read! This whole book is full of classic nursery rhymes, all told in graphic novel form by all different artists. I have to say, this is probably a perfect book for younger children who are on the edge of learning to read, as it couples easy, well-known rhymes with beautiful, fun illustrations that make the simple, well known rhymes a pleasure to read and look at. This might also be a good first graphic novel for children, showing the basic format to children with material they are most ...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.

Alyssa Fortna
Dec 14, 2014 Alyssa Fortna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-record
Nursery Rhyme Comics is a book than incorporates 50 different comics based off of nursery rhymes. There are so many different stories that there is something to appeal to everyone. The way that the nursery rhymes are able to come to life through the pictures is wonderful, especially for young readers. I would recommend this book to students over the age of 5 and would use it during a lesson about rhyming or folktales. This is a great book to use with a struggling or uninterested reader, it will ...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
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
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