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Nonsense Poems

My First Oxford Book of Nonsense Poems
chosen by John Foster
(Oxford University Press)
Children will love this collection of nonsense poems which includes modern verse as well as old favourites like The Jumblies, The Owl and the Pussycat and Jabberwocky. As you would expect from this publisher, the poems are beautifully presented. A good, clear font and plenty of white space makes the book look accessible to weaker readers without looking childish and the use of five different artists at work provides an interesting variety of illustrations. A good choice for home or school. (96 pages)
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Nonsense Verse
by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Lorna Hussey
Lewis Carroll is one of the masters of nonsense verse and his poems have stood the test of time. In this picture book collection, Lorna Hussey's richly-coloured illustrations add a new dimension by bringing the absurdity to life.
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Nonsense Nursery Rhymes
by Richard Edwards, illustrated by Chris Fisher
(Oxford University Press)
With one poem for every letter of the alphabet, this collection will appeal to children who like silly versions of well-known songs. Those who enjoy making shepherds wash their socks by night are also likely to laugh at the idea of Humpty Dumpty bungee-jumping. All the poems are funny and so are the large, colourful illustrations. Although the title may sound rather young, the book definitely doesn't look babyish so it so, with only a few lines of text on each page, it may tempt reluctant readers.
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