Or, a Miscellany of Rare and Fantastic Creatures
Professor Julius Duckworth O’Hare, Esq.
Illustrations by Wallace Edwards
Verses by Kenyon Cox, 1904
Kids Can Press, 2005
This picture book combines author Kenyon Cox’s 1904 verses about mixed up animals with the imagination-run-wild of illustrator Wallace Edwards. Each picture is filled to the brim with tiny details – like the Professor in each picture – and mixed up beasts not mentioned in the verse (like a cowbird, or a foul ball). It is a great “I-Spy” book for early readers. The verses are easy to read but I really like the illustrations the best!
Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe
Orca Book Publishers, 2012
From the book jacket, “. . . inspired by the nursery rhyme The House That Jack Built, follows the course of one very unusual shoe as it travels through a fascinating, exotic world to encounter an assortment of quirky characters.” Well said! I really got the book from the library because it is illustrated by Wallace Edwards and I was not disappointed. The story, or rather, nursery rhyme and illustrations are amazing. In each plate there are all sorts hidden creatures and stuff – you have to stop and look – really look – at each illustration before turning the page. Which, in turn means, read the book through the first time and then go back and read it again to see stuff you missed!
Both books reviewed: Simon