Owls and Pussy-cats

owls and pussycats

Owls and Pussy-Cats
Nonsense Verse

Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Nicki Palin
Peter Bedrick Books, 1993 (illustrations), mid – to late 1800s, poetry & verse

From the dust jacket, “Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll wrote some of the most famous and best-loved nonsense verse of all time. In this collection, their poems have been brought together and illustrated in superb, full-color paintings.

“Odd creatures inhabit these pages, from Lear’s Jumblies and Pelicans to ‘The Dong with a Luminous Nose’. Carroll’s poems include favorites from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: ‘The Mock Turtle’s Song’, ‘Jabberwocky’, and ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’,

The poems may be nonsense, but underlying them is a darker side, of logic, and romantic yearning. Nicki Palin’s pictures, with their scope and breath-taking detail, invite us to share in a new vision of these weird and wonderful worlds.”

For once my review will probably be shorter than what the publisher has to say. In a nut shell: illustrations a plus, content a BIG minus. No offense to the esteemed Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll but I really don’t like stuff that doesn’t make sense. And these verses are exactly as advertised – “Nonsense Verse.” They make no sense at all and I found now humor in any of them, with the exception of the title verse, The Owl and Pussycat. I like that one because I was familiar with it and made sense in its own fantastical way. The other verses? Not so much. But the illustrations are very pretty so I enjoyed looking at those.

Rating: 3 out of 5 paws because the illustrations were pretty and it seemed a little unfair to give a poor rating because the book was exactly as advertised – nonsense!

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