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His Shoes Were Far Too Tight: Poems by Edward Lear

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  16 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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Rebecca Ostrega
Dec 01, 2015 Rebecca Ostrega rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, picture-books
This is my third poetry book review:

I found this book more to be one of nonsense poems and had a difficult time reading it without the sing-song tone if rhyming poems. The illustrations were done in watercolor and the faces on the animals had very human characteristics. Overall, the book is very colorful and each page had a main background color and then other brighter colors to better stand out. The pictures look to be done with paint.

The poems include, "The Pobble Who Has No Toes", "The Owl an
May 24, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2016 Martie rated it really liked it
2016 reading challenge includes a poetry book, which I was dreading. But when author Edward Lear was listed as " father of nonsense poetry" I thought I would try. it was fun and silly
Jun 28, 2014 Renee rated it did not like it
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.
Jun 22, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
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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.
Aug 17, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
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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)
Jul 23, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
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.
Sep 15, 2011 Cherie rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 15, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Very colorful illustrations accompany some of edward lear's more appropriate selections for children.
Edward Sullivan
Jul 19, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
A colorful, whimsically illustrated collection of Lear's entertaining nonsense verse.
Oct 28, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
Some wonderful classic poems, the illustrations are so odd they are intriguing.
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Jun 27, 2012 Robin rated it it was ok
The rhymes are delightful, the art does not do them justice.
Jul 30, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
Quirky poems and fantastical art.
Mary Lee
Not my cup of tea.
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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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