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Rose's are Red, Violet's are Blue and Other Silly Poems

Rose's are Red, Violet's are Blue and Other Silly Poems

Spring 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Compiled By: Wallace Tripp
Illustrator: Wallace Tripp
ISBN: ISBN 0-316-85440-9
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Hurrah for Wallace Tripp! Not only is this veteran illustrator a virtuoso draftsman, but his sprightly pictures can always be counted on both to entertain the listener and to provide delightfully unexpected visual interpretations of the words they accompany. The nonsense verse of the book’s title (no, there is no typographical error) will never be the same again after Tripp’s daffy rendition, and his convincing portraits of Lewis Carroll’s “slithy tove” and “Jabberwocky” are nothing short of masterful. Tripp’s witty pictures reward close attention and are probably best appreciated by children over the age of five (such listeners and readers who can appreciate such gratuitous embellishments as the small sign which appears in Jabberwocky: “Please, no gambling in the wading pool”). Tripp’s verse selections, too, are sophisticated and often unfamiliar—from Gertrude Stein to Artemis Ward. Certainly adults will enjoy it just as much as their kids.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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