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The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat( )
Author: Lear, Edward
Illustrator: Wilson, Anne
ISBN:978-0-7333-1914-3
Publication Date:Sep 2006
Publisher:ABC Books
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $19.95
Book Description:

Edward Lear's well-loved poem has charmed readers since it was first published in 1871. Now the adventures of these two sweethearts has been paired with vibrant paper collage illustrations by Anne Wilson. Her colourful art creates a wonderful backdrop for Owl's romantic love for Pussycat.

Book Details
Pages:32
Detailed Subjects: Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / General
Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / Humorous
Poetry / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):23.2 x 27.3 x 0.7 cm
Book Weight:0.412 Kilograms
Author Biography
Lear, Edward (Author)
Edward Lear was born in Holloway, England, to Jeremiah (a stockbroker) and Ann Lear, tutored at home by his sister, and briefly attended the Royal Academy schools. Both an author and an illustrator, he earned his living as an artist from the age of 15, mainly by doing landscapes. What he is remembered for is his nonsense books, especially his popularization of the limerick. Along with Lewis Carroll, he is considered to be the founder of nonsense poetry.

In addition to his limericks, he created longer nonsense poems. The best---and best known---is The Jumblies, in which the title characters go to sea in a sieve; it is a brilliant, profound, silly, and sad expression of the need to leave the security of the known world and experience the wonder and danger of the unknown. His other most notable work is The Owl and the Pussy Cat, a less complex poem whose title characters also go to sea. Lear produced humorous alphabets and botany books as well.

His wordplay, involving puns, neologisms, portmanteau words, and anticlimax, retains its vitality today and has influenced such contemporary writers of children's nonsense verse as Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, and Laura Richards

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