Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New life to old rhymes

I picked up a book over the weekend for my son, as a reward for helping serve root beer for two hours (thanks to everyone who drank with us) and wanted to let others know what an incredibly great book it is.  Nursery Rhyme Comics is a collection of 50 nursery rhymes illustrated by some of the best and brightest in the cartooning world today. Its a brilliant concept, and the results are often inspired and surprising. One of my son's favorites was Dave Roman's take on "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe", which involves a wizard/inventor, clones, sticks of butter, and of course, a big fat hen. It was a fine example of what is great about this book. The old worn-out rhymes are often re-interpreted in a way that gives them new life and relevance to an audience beyond drooling, book-gnawing toddlers. 
Each rhyme is presented in simple panel format, making it a great book for beginning readers like my son, who was able to sit down and read through most of it on his own. And if you are a connoisseur of cartooning and illustration, you will love the incredible work in this collection. My favorite was Craig Thompson's "The Owl and The Pussycat". Thompson is the mind and pen behind Blankets, considered one of the finest graphic novels out there. His drawings of the Owl and Pussycat tale are truly beautiful. 

Next time you are in the shop, be sure to take a moment and page through this collection. 

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