Friday, March 23, 2012

Children's Book Review: Nursery Rhyme Comics

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists

Nursery Rhyme Comics
Edited by:  Chris Duffy
Illustrated by:  50 various cartoonists
Published by: First Second, 2011

First Second is very proud to present Nursery Rhyme Comics. Featuring fifty classic nursery rhymes illustrated and interpreted in comics form by fifty of today’s preeminent cartoonists and illustrators, this is a groundbreaking new entry in the canon of nursery rhymes treasuries.

From New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s “There Was a Crooked Man” to Bad Kitty author Nick Bruel’s “Three Little Kittens” to First Second’s own Gene Yang’s “Pat-a-Cake,” this is a collection that will put a grin on your face from page one and keep it there.

Each rhyme is one to three pages long, and simply paneled and lettered to ensure that the experience is completely accessible for the youngest of readers. Chock full of engaging full-color artwork and favorite characters (Jack and Jill! Old Mother Hubbard! The Owl and the Pussycat!), this collection will be treasured by children for years to come.
* We have read and own several different nursery rhyme books.  This book was refreshingly new and different though.  It includes 50 classic nursery rhymes (Three Blind Mice, Hey Diddle Diddle, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and LOTS more!) but is written in comic book form and the graphics are based on each illustrator's interpretation.  Each nursery rhyme has a different illustrator including ones like Nick Bruel and Jules Feiffer, whose work we are familiar with and lots more that we were unfamiliar with. It's interesting to see the different styles of the illustrators compiled into one book.  I thought this was a great introduction to comics and graphic novels for my almost six year old daughter.  Both of my kids though really enjoyed this book a lot.  Even my son would just sit on his own and flip through the book looking at the illustrations. 
Family Rating: 2 thumbs up!

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