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The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense Rhymes

By Edward Lear
Illustrated by Robert Ingpen

A newly illustrated edition of this classic tale by one of Australia’s greatest children’s book illustrators. Unabridged version.

Jump aboard the pea-green boat and enter the enchanting world of Edward Lear. This collection of Lear’s best-loved nonsense verse is published to coincide with the Bicentenary of his birth in May 2012. Rediscover the Owl and the Pussycat, The Jumblies, and The Dong with a Luminous Nose. Learn what happened to The New Vestments of the old man from the Kingdom of Tess and take a stroll through Bong Tree Land. Lear’s verse and limericks have enthralled generations of families, but it is as an ornithological illustrator that he first made his name. His poems, and the original artworks that accompany them, form the heart of this beautiful book, but Lear’s sketches and drawings of birds, as well as a brief glimpse into the life of the man who declared: ‘Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils’ complete the tribute to an extraordinary and enduring talent. This specially illustrated Bicentenary edition provides not only a celebration of Edward Lear’s two-hundredth year, but a unique gift for adults and children to enjoy together for centuries to come. Every poem in this collection is brought to life with a series of stunning new illustrations by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen.

  • Brand-new edition by renowned children’s book illustrator Robert Ingpen who brings Edward Lear’s unforgettable characters to life as never before.
  • In the same vein as Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan & Wendy, A Christmas Carol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • A perfect gift for children and adults of all ages.

About the author

Edward Lear (1812-1888) was born in London, the child of a stockbroker. He showed a talent for drawing from an early age, and as a young man began to earn his living as an artist, working as a draughtsman for the Zoological Society, and later for the British Museum. In 1832 he was engaged by Lord Stanley to make drawings of the rare birds and animals in the menagerie at his home. Lear lived on Stanley's estate for five years, and would entertain the children of his patron with his drawings and the limericks and nonsense rhymes that he would make up for them. In 1846 he published a collection of his verses, A Book of Nonsense, which became extremely popular with children and adults. Further collections followed: Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets (1870), More Nonsense Rhymes (1871) and Laughable Lyrics (1876). He spent most of the rest of his life abroad, particularly in Italy, and died in 1888.

About the illustrator

Robert Ingpen was born in Geelong, Australia. He began studying illustration art and book design over fifty years ago at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has designed, written and illustrated more than one hundred works of fiction and non-fiction. In 1986, Ingpen received the highest honour in the children’s book world, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, for his contribution to international children's literature. He has also recently been awarded an honorary doctorate from RMIT and granted Membership of the Order of Australia for services to literature. He and his wife Angela live and work in Anglesea near their home town of Geelong. In recent times, he has illustrated editions of classic works such as The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the centenary editions of Peter Pan and Wendy and The Wind in the Willows.

ISBN: 9781921977596
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Dimensions: 216 x 260mm, 48pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $34.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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