Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Pelican Chorus: and other Nonsense

The Pelican Chorus: and other Nonsense

Fall 1995 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Edward Lear
Illustrator: Fred Marcellino
ISBN: 0060575719
Hardcover Price: $14.89
Paperback Price: $6.99
Marcellino's handsome illustrations are exquisitely in tune with the subtlest nuances of Lear's rollicking nonsense verse. In all three tales - The New Vestments, The Owl and the Pussycat and The Pelican Chorus - the artist has an uncanny knack of zeroing in onjust those scenes the listener would like to see highlighted. Marcellino's double spread of Owl, Pussycat, Turkey and Pig dancing "hand in hand, on the edge of the sand" is a bracing as an ocean breeze, and his Victorian-costume drama staging of a Pelican daughter's lavish coming-out party on the banks of the Nile is nothing short of pure picture-book perfection.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1995 Parents' Choice

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