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His Shoes Were Far Too Tight: Poems by Edward Lear

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Renowned author Daniel Pinkwater and best-selling poet and artist Calef Brown team up to champion the ridiculous! These endlessly fascinating and imaginative poems are as fresh and delightful today as they were when Edward Lear wrote them more than a hundred years ago—from "The Owl and the Pussycat" to "The Pobble Who Has No Toes." This charming book proves that, sometimes ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Chronicle Books (first published March 2nd 2011)
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Edward Lear is known by many as the father of nonsense poetry. While silly poems existed before Lear started writing, his title is still well-deserved, since he wrote quite a large amount of nonsense poetry. In 1846, A Book of Nonsense, his first collection of nonsense poems was published.

As a child, Daniel Pinkwater especially enjoyed reading The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear, which he repeatedly borrowed from his local library. Daniel has written a marvelous introduction to this collection
I read this book to the smallest family member and while there were parts she found funny, overall I found this to be very tedious and not at all enjoyable.
Although many relish the nonsense verses of Edward Lear because of how imaginative and silly they are, they have never really been my cup of tea. The introduction lets readers know who this man was and celebrates his words, revived again in this partial collection, and seen from a fresh perspective through the acrylic illustrations of Calef Brown. My favorite poem is "Nonsense Alphabet" which goes through the alphabet and shouts out each letter at the end of each verse. Reading these poems and c ...more
Author Daniel Pinkwater and illustrator Calef Brown, team up to reintroduce young readers to the nonsense poetry of Edward Lear. Pinkwater's brief bio and introductory poem about Lear launch this collection and Brown's absurd drawings keep it going. I wonder how this book plays with its intended audience.
We took this out of the library but may have to purchase it for ourselves. We keep renewing it and have read it many times over! Calef Brown's illustrations make Lear's poetry even more brilliant and fun to read.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Pinkwater & Brown pair up to present Edward Lear's poetry in a new way. The illustrations are great and many of the poems are familiar to most adults. Great way to introduce kids to some of Lear's poetry.
Genre: Poetry
Copyright: 2011
Thoughts: I really did not like these poems. They're very long, and the words just didn't interest me, even though they were supposed to be silly.
Very colorful illustrations accompany some of edward lear's more appropriate selections for children.
Edward Sullivan
A colorful, whimsically illustrated collection of Lear's entertaining nonsense verse.
Some wonderful classic poems, the illustrations are so odd they are intriguing.
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Adorable book from Chronicle Books ... review to come!
The rhymes are delightful, the art does not do them justice.
Quirky poems and fantastical art.
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Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator and writer known for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form which he popularized.

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More about Edward Lear...
The Owl and the Pussycat The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense A Book of Nonsense - More Nonsense The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear The Jumblies

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