Tuesday, March 4, 2008

UBC #10 - The Man Who Sang The Sillies

The Man Who Sang The Sillies
By John Ciardi, Illustrated by Edward Gorey
Lippincott Company c1961 Softcover

published in 1961, this is a collection of poems for children (and adults for that matter) written by John Ciardi and illustrated by the then hardest working man in showbiz, Edward Gorey. my favorite triplet: "I'll tell you a lie, and it's almost true:/ I met an oyster as big as you./ and boy-size oysters are very few." there's also one about an old man who jumps out a well and scares off a little boy, but that one hit a little too close to home for me to recite. nonetheless The Man Who Sang The Sillies is a great book especially for those of you with small children and/or elderly-infested wells. did i mention Edward Gorey's illustrations accompany every poem? was there anything published in the 50's and 60's that didn't feature a gorey-illustrated cover?


please call or email to hold or purchase. only one copy, so its first come first serve. please note that we will only keep books on hold at the store for three days (including weekends).

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