Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596436008
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 119
Sales rank: 240,398
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Nursery Rhyme Comics cartoonists:

Nick Abadzis; Andrew Arnold; Kate Beaton; Vera Brosgol; Nick Bruel; Scott Campbell; Lilli Carre; Roz Chast; JP Coovert; Jordan Crane; Rebecca Dart; Eleanor Davis; Vanessa Davis; Theo Ellsworth; Matt Forsythe; Jules Feiffer; Bob Flynn; Alexis Frederick-Frost; Ben Hatke; Gilbert Hernandez; Jaime Hernandez; Lucy Knisley; David Macaulay; Mark Martin; Patrick McDonnell; Mike Mignola; Tony Millionaire; Tao Nyeu; George O'Connor; Mo Oh; Eric Orchard; Laura Park; Cyril Pedrosa; Lark Pien; Aaron Renier; Dave Roman; Marc Rosenthal; Stan Sakai; Richard Sala; Mark Siegel; James Sturm; Raina Telgemeier; Craig Thompson; Richard Thompson; Sara Varon; Jen Wang; Drew Weing; Gahan Wilson; Gene Luen Yang; Stephanie Yue; and an introduction by Leonard Marcus.

Reading Group Guide

For Discussion:
Nursery Rhyme Comics is a graphic novel, a story told in words and pictures. How do you think this story would be told differently if it was straight text? How would it be different if it was a movie, with just pictures?
Think about a text-only version of a nursery rhyme. Then think of one with only a single illustration. What do the three formats each bring to the rhymes? Is there a format you prefer?
Nursery Rhyme Comics has fifty rhymes by fifty creators. Is there one that's your favorite?
One of the most important elements to read-aloud books is pacing. Nursery Rhyme Comics
determines a great deal of the pacing and emphasis by breaking up lines between panels.
Does this work smoothly for you?
Think of a nursery rhyme that is not in this book. How would you adapt it into comics format?
Are there rhymes in this book that visually don't match what you see in your imagination while reading them? Do you know what texts or ideas affected your initial mental conception of those nursery rhymes?
How would this book be different if it was fifty rhymes illustrated by a single cartoonist? Do you think you would prefer it?
Have you read any other books by the creators of these rhymes? If so, how is their

storytelling style different or similar in their nursery rhymes and their other work?

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Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mrs_ELS More than 1 year ago
The drawings are clever. It's definitely not for young children---not unlike comics in the newspaper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I thought they added very funny twists on the nursery rhymes we know by heart. I loved the pictures very much i thought it was hilarious. I would reccomend this book for kids ages 4-12
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. It was a very fun read and something that I think kids of all ages and adults will both enjoy. There are a number (fifty to be exact) of nursery rhymes illustrated and retold in various ways. Some of them are just beautiful renditions of the nursery rhymes, some of them are ironic retellings, and some of them are fantastic re-imaginings.For example Jack Be Nimble has a little boy making asides about how stupid you would have to be to jump over a candlestick, then when he turns around at the end his pants have a hole burned in them. Three Little Kittens showed how the kittens lost, found, and even made more trouble with their mittens. Little Bo Peep looses her sheep, but her sheep are dream sheep that she counts to stay asleep. The above are just a few examples of the wonderful collection included. All of them were well done. Some were ironic and surprising, some just plain beautiful. The illustration style is all over the place; some are beautiful fantasies, some are cartoony, some are folk-art-like, there is even a sci-fi themed rendition. All are in full color and wonderful.My son, who is four, really enjoyed reading through this with me. He loved some of the twists on the nursery rhymes he already knows. Even my husband who walked by while we were reading this, ended up drawn in and sat down to finish the book with us. It was just such a creative take on a lot of the nursery rhymes; very entertaining and enjoyable to read.Overall I adored this book and am so glad I have it. It will be something I keep in my library so that my son and I can take it out and read it. Fans of nursery rhymes or graphic novels in general should give this a look through. It was wonderful to find something creative like this that both me and my four year old son really enjoyed reading. So if you have kids definitely buy this book and sit down and read it with them! It adds some wonderful excitement to old nursery rhymes and you will see them in a new light after reading this book!
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be a great book to use to teach dialogue and setting. Plus it's a fun way to teach Nursery Rhmyes. Too many students today are unfamiliar with traditional nursery rhymes.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You would think with so many different books of nursery rhymes in existence that there wouldn¿t be space for yet another one. But you¿d be wrong. First Second has hist the mark with this book that¿s sure to be a new classic. They¿ve gathered 50 of the best artists in the world to put their own unique twists on these old tales. The artists range from Patrick McDonnell (creator of Mutts) to Very Brosgol (Anya¿s Ghost) to Mike Mignola (Hellboy) to my personal favorite (Lucy Knisley (French Milk.) Each artists takes the classic text of a nursery rhyme and adds thier own interpretation to it. For example, Lucy takes on ¿There Was and Old Woman Who Lived in A Shoe.¿ In this reality the old woman really an aging rocker that runs a day care and when she whips the children, well Whips is the name of her band and she and the kids are whipping up some good music till they fall asleep. And there are so many more it¿s hard to pick the best.Each artist brings their own unique talents and style of interpreting these rhymes and all of them are absolutely fantastic. This is the perfect book for any age as its sure to put a smile on the young and the young at heart. I highly recommend this book as a great addition to any shelf.
Mai_picks More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable for all ages. From my 12 year old son to my 60 something mom. The illustrations and commentary are great. Glad I bought it for my son as a Christmas gift. He reads it to his 4 year old brother at bedtime.