- Kelsey Marie Paff
Nonsense! Book 1 by Edward Lear & Illustrated by Etienne Delessert
The Creative Company has once again set the bar high for giving new life to classic stories. For those who aren't familiar with Edward Lear he was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet in the 1800's. The Owl and the Pussycat illustrated by Jan Brett is particularly well known among parents. A story that may remind you of writings by Lewis Carroll, Nonsense is written in the format of a limerick, which is a light or humorous verse form of five chiefly anapestic verses of which lines 1, 2, and 5 are of three feet and lines 3 and 4 are of two feet with a rhyme scheme of aabba, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary.
With sunset-hued illustrations, illustrator Etienne Delessert makes this simple tale -- of a man with a beard so long that it attracts all sorts of animal friends -- accessible and engaging for the next generation of poetry enthusiasts and curious toddlers alike.