The Book of Complete Nonsense (Vintage Classics)

Poetry and Nursery Rhymes

Come bathe in stew, and dine on meals of eels or worms or jellied gnats, See shoes and ships and sealing wax and fuzzy bears and owls and cats, Depart for the Land where the Bong Tree grows or the Land of Bumbley Boo Find sky in your pie and teatrays in the sky and a place where mice say moo. But be warned of the things that lurk and linger, the creatures that snatch and shock Be sure to bamboozle the Blunderbat and beware the Jabberwock! If rhymes and riddles your brain have fried For shame! then set this book aside, But daring children, more courageous, Will take a peek inside these pages...Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can have a go at creating your own nonsense verse! Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.



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The Vintage Children's Classics book of Nonsense Verse: a cachophonous collection of complete codswallop composed by clever chaps!

"Complete collywobbles!" The Gazoo's Gazette "Bong! Boo! Ping! Clang!" The Daily Ning Nang Nong "Nonsense! Off with their heads!" -- The Queen Of Hearts

If you've never read any of Michael Rosen's poems, except for the ones in this collection, I think you should run off to a bookshop or library and find some right now! You won't regret it. Michael Rosen was born in 1946 and both his parents were teachers who loved to tell stories and jokes and sing songs. He once worked for the BBC creating children's programmes for radio and television, but nowadays he mostly writes books and poems (a lot of them about his own childhood and family) and goes into schools to help children to write poems, and to perform some of his own. He is awfully good at reading his poems, and if you go to his website ( you'll see for yourself. Turn to the backstory where you can read and interview with Michael and find out what he thinks about nonsense poetry... Also includes poems from Roald Dahl, Edward Lear, Julia Donaldson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Lewis Carroll, Edward Gorey and Spike Milligan.

General Fields

  • : 9780099582663
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Vintage Children's Classics
  • : 0.101
  • : May 2013
  • : 188mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 1013
  • : English
  • : 828.008
  • : 288