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A great big ugly man came up and tied his horse to me: A book of nonsense verse

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A collection of nonsense poems which includes, I do not like thee, Doctor Fell, Moll-in-the-Wad, My Pussy Cat has got the Gout, and many others.
Hardcover, 46 pages
Published March 1st 1973 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1973)
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Dagua
Apr 04, 2008 Dagua rated it it was amazing
"I eat my peas with honey
I done it all my life
They do taste kind of funny
But it keeps them on the knife"
(Badger?)

"Mother, may I go for a swim?"
"Yes, my darling daughter,
Hang your clothes on yonder limb
But don't go near the water"
(A hippo mom and daughter)

I don't have a copy of this book, and it's been 25+ years since I had it...
Norm Deplume
Aug 14, 2014 Norm Deplume rated it it was amazing
Absolutely my favorite poetry book when I was a kid. I still remember many of the poems, and recite them to my kids often.
Kathy
Mar 08, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
A few of the poems are true gems, but the rest are hit and miss. The illustrations are fantastic!
MissingNorth
Jan 24, 2015 MissingNorth rated it it was amazing
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My favorite book of nonsense verse and one of my favorite books of all time even now as an adult. Wallace Tripp's writings are far more memorable and enjoyable than the traditional nursery rhymes.

It is fun and wondrous and whimsical. Everyone should read nonsense even if just as a reminder not to take themselves too seriously, that the world and everyone in it are often absurd and it's a sad, terrible thing not to be able to laugh at ourselves.
Michael
Mar 06, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing
I grew up with this book. I'll never forget the final poem:

When I was a young boy,
I had but little wit.
'Twas a long time ago
and I have no more yet.
Nor ever ever shall
until the day that I die.
For the longer I live,
the more fool am I.

You don't often see that sort of profundity in a children's book.

To this day, I can recite probably half of the poems in this book. I love it.
Caitlin
Jun 04, 2012 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
This was my absolute favorite book as a child, and I have a pretty large fraction of the poems it contains memorized. Unfortunately my copy was lost in the mail (in a box of all my childhood books). I would love to find another copy to read to my son...
Laren
Nov 17, 2007 Laren rated it it was amazing
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I loved, loved, loved this book! I can still recite entire poems from it. Lots of silly verse I wanted to share with my nieces, but unfortunately this book is out of print and highly expensive if you find it in the used market.
Benjamin Kahn
Oct 04, 2014 Benjamin Kahn rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books as a kid. I loved the rhymes and you can spend hours looking at Tripp's wonderful illustrations - there's just so much detail. I can still recite some of the verse from heart.
Keith Davis
Jul 14, 2013 Keith Davis rated it really liked it
I was given this book as a Christmas present when I was 8 years old. I was too old then to appreciate it, but now I enjoy it very much. Wallace Tripp was brilliant, his illustrations always make me smile
Etta Mcquade
Apr 22, 2010 Etta Mcquade rated it it was amazing
This was my son Wade's favorite book when he was a youngster, and especially the nonsense verse of the title. The illustrations are funny and delightful. A read aloud book.
Karen
Feb 06, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok
I was hoping the poems would be more clever. I probably won't pick it up again.
Penniphurr
A wonderful kids poetry book. Not as sticky-sweet as Stevenson or Potter but not as dire fun as Gorey but sarcastic enough to make me snicker.
Heather
Aug 25, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
Not bad, but some of it was hard to understand. The illustrations were nice but overall worth only one read.
Erica Spangler
Jul 13, 2010 Erica Spangler rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I remember from my childhood...it probably explains a lot.
Hannah
Sep 30, 2010 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the funniest poems I have ever read.
Katie
Aug 01, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
Look what I just found at Toot's house!!! YAY!!!
Bronwen
More genius from Wallace Tripp.
Bellajolie
Jan 22, 2011 Bellajolie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
One of my favorite stories ever!
Michelle
Jan 09, 2011 Michelle marked it as to-read
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