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Jumblies

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The Jumblies spring to life in this fanciful full-length picture book edition of Lear's enduring nonsense poem. . . .--Booklist. Full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 1989 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published 1968)
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Robert Davis
Goreys' illustrations are wonderful as always, but I'm afraid I was not overwhelmed by the verse of Mr. Lear.
Cassandra Gelvin
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This review originally posted at http://www.drttmk.com/books/jumblies.

All jumblied up.

A book of nonsense. The poem is vaguely familiar, though I've never seen this illustrated version before. "In a sieve they went to sea," "Far and few, far and few,/Are the lands where the Jumblies live:/Their heads are green and their hands are blue;/And they went to sea in a sieve." Apparently these creatures are tiny, because they're in a sieve and a crockery jar, and they've got a veil and a tobacco pipe for
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Bill Powers
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard the nonsensical poem being read in an episode of Inspector Lewis - a British police procedural and was enthralled by it:

‘They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
In a Sieve they went to sea! . . .’

It's a whimsical, very cute little tale of an adventure of The Jumblies going to sea in their sieve...
Bev
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed Edward Gorey's biography, I have been seeking examples of his illustrations to "get to know him better." The Jumblies was one of his first ventures into being an illustrator, since Lear only did one drawing for this enchanting verse. Loved it.
John Yelverton
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The poem starts off very well, and it is also incredibly poignant in points, and the rhyming scheme is fun as well; however, the ending falls rather flat in my opinion.
Lizzy
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story says the Jumblies have green heads and blue hands. Sad that this was not a color illustration.
Shiloah
Nonsensical nonsense that makes no sense, but it rhymes and therefore it pleases. Loved by all.
Rose English
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Families & young children
'The Jumblies’ by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Sam McPhillips

This is a beautifully illustrated picture book, featuring the classic nonsense poem by Edward Lear; a truly rhythmical read.

‘They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
In a Sieve they went to sea! . . .’


What a wonderful way to introduce children to the world of classic literature and the nonsense poem of Edward Lear. This is a poem to
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Torriblezone
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a perfect marriage of illustration to text. Gorey's drawings are exactly what is called for when, "...they bought an owl and a useful cart..." and so on. Cranberry tarts, silvery bees, the woman who bears the rice; all are rendered exactly as one would hope to imagine them if we were great.

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K E Olukoya
This book makes no sense at all! How can you keep your feet dry with pink paper while sailing about in a sieve? But reading it puts the baby to sleep everytime so it can't be all bad! And it means the first book I have read this year is a classic :)
Michael Earp
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edward Gorey's work is just so delightful! The detail of his line drawings and cross-hatching is stunning. And the poem by Lear is great fun!
Don
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and the Hunting of the Snark comprised the first furnishings of my mind.
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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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