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Edward Lear - Author

Edward Lear wrote his most famous nonsense poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' as a get-well treat for a friend’s young daughter. It was later published in 1870 making him a household name.

Born in 1812, Lear showed a remarkable talent for drawing from an early age and earnt his living as a draughtsman for the Zoological Society of London. In 1846 he published a collection of his verses, A Book of Nonsense, which became extremely popular with children and adults alike.

Reflecting Lear’s own artistic talents, this edition includes some of his own drawings of birds and glimpses into the life of the man himself.

“He reads, but he cannot speak Spanish,
He cannot abide ginger beer;
Ere the days of his pilgrimage vanish,
How pleasant to know Mr Lear!”

Each poem in this collection is brought to life with a series of illustrations by Robert Ingpen, who has also added his own discovery of the Botany of Bong-tree Land.

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Edward Lear - illustrated by Charlotte Voake
This stunning new edition of Edward's Lear's classic story poem makes a handsome pair to Julia Donaldson' The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat which is also illustrated by Charlotte Voake. Every familiar of Lear's tender and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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A Selection of Nonsense Verse
Edward Lear
A lively collection of Edward Lear's most popular Limericks and Nonsense Songs presented as they appeared originally with illustrations by the author. In full colour and very much of their time, the vigorous illustrations give a wonderful period feel to...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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Nonsense Limericks
Edward Lear - illustrated by Arthur Robins
An attractive volume of Edward Lear's best-loved and timeless limericks all of which are brilliantly realised in Arthur Robins witty illustrations. The collection opens with: “There was an Old Man with a beard,/ Who said, “It is just as I...
Lovereading Price: £7.99 - Saving £2.00 (20%) Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Edward Lear - illustrated by Charlotte Voake
This stunning new edition of Edward's Lear's classic story poem makes a handsome pair to Julia Donaldson' The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat which is also illustrated by Charlotte Voake. Every familiar of Lear's tender and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/01/1970
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Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense
Edward Lear - illustrated by Christine Pym
Best-loved nonsense songs such as The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, The Jumblies, The Dong with the Luminous Nose and many more are included in this highly attractive volume. The jokes at the heart of each are perfectly illustrated by Christine...
Lovereading Price: £10.39 - Saving £2.60 (20%) Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/05/2014
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The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense
Edward Lear - illustrated by Robert Ingpen
The best-loved nonsense rhymes of Edward Lear including The Jumblies and The Dong with the Luminous Nose are beautifully presented in this handsome edition. Each of the nine rhymes is lavishly illustrated by the award-winning Australian illustrator. There is additional...
Lovereading Price: £10.39 - Saving £2.60 (20%) Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2012
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The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
Edward Lear
Michael Murpurgo, June 2011's Guest Editor, says: "I loved the eccentric drawings, the wonderfully clever rhymes, and head-nodding beat of the limericks. The old man with birds nesting in his beard was my grandfather. No question."
Lovereading Price: £7.99 - Saving £2.00 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2001
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