Illustrations by Wallace Edwards

1142635Mixed Beasts
Or, a Miscellany of Rare and Fantastic Creatures
Compiled by
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!



4 paws


 14372447Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe

Wallace Edwards

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!



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simon 2 loc Both books reviewed: Simon

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4 thoughts on “Illustrations by Wallace Edwards

  1. pilch92 March 15, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Joanie enjoyed both of your reviews Simon, she is very impressed that you are a book reviewer. The book about the show reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.


  2. Book Club Mom March 15, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    These are the kinds of illustrations that you can look at for a long time. So much to imagine!


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