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Title:
Rose's are red, Violet's are blue : and other silly poems
Author:
Tripp, Wallace.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
A collection of silly and amusing poems by American and English writers.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780316854405
Format :
Book

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A collection of silly and amusing poems by American and English writers.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. Wallace Tripp illustrates a short collection of humorous verse by writers from Edward Lear to Gertrude Stein to others less well known. A couple of the poems, Lyly's "Cupid and Campaspe" and Longfellow's "Excelsior," may leave young readers somewhat bemused, the way they feel looking at political cartoons: something should be funny, but what? In the more accessible selections, though, Tripp's comic brilliance shines through in the draftsmanship and in the details. The illustration for the title poem shows four pigs in swimsuits sunbathing at the beach, when they suddenly realize that their skin is getting blotchy. One pig jeers at the others, saying "Rose's are red /, Violet's are blue; / Similar spots / Are appearing on you." Younger kids will the find the rhyme and the lively depiction of the pigs' predicament funny, but the real treat comes for those old enough to appreciate the details: scattered around on their beach towels are snacks such as chocolate truffles and reading material such as "New Porker." The second of three double-page spreads illustrating "Jabberwocky" teems with visual puns and jokes for every age. A treat for Tripp fans. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0316854409Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8-Those tempted to correct the apostrophe in the title should be warned that it is the first of many jokes Tripp will play on his readers, for it alludes to the red spots on Rose the pig in a poem by Tripp himself. Also included are two entries by Edward Lear, the full text of Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Excelsior," and seven other silly selections. While younger readers will enjoy the antics of Tripp's menagerie of cartoon characters and the nonsense of the poems, older readers will best appreciate all of the allusions and visual jokes the artist has added to his work. Thus, when Lear's "There Was an Old Person of Ware" ends with a "Moppsikon Floppsikon bear," observant readers are sure to be amused by the illustration of a bear on a motorcycle, followed by a strangely familiar rabbit in a blue coat and three small bunnies, clearly Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. The beach upon which the intrepid young man lands to find the Jabberwock is peopled with the March hare, dodo, and Cheshire cat, of Carroll's Wonderland, as well as a sand-carved bust of Queen Victoria. Sly wordplay is scattered throughout the book. A boat off in the ocean in the same scene is named "Liddle Women" and a tiny cottage is labeled "The Winkle in Thyme." Like Tripp's Granfa' Grigg Had a Pig (Little, Brown, 1976; o.p.) and Marguerite, Go Wash Your Feet (Houghton, 1985; o.p.), this collection will appeal to lovers of both verbal and visual nonsense.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.