This illustrated nonsense poem invites young readers to join the queen on a fantastic journey around the world and back again, visiting marvellous places like the Isle of Cats and the Land of Peas and meeting dancing dinosaurs, flying seals and many other strange creatures. Carol Pike's first picture book was "Edward Lear's ABC".
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"The Nutty Queen she bought a boat, / And sailed across the sea. / 'I've left the King to see the world. / I'll not be back for tea.' " Thus begins this zany monarch's farcical foray to farflung shores, told in giddy, lilting verse. And see the world she does: whether sporting extravagant chapeaux on the Isle of Cats, swinging from trees in the Land of Peas or cutting the rug with a "charming dinosaur" (accompanied by fiddling white mice), this ruler gives new meaning to the term "liberated woman." It's hard to say who is sillier here, Pike the author or Pike the illustrator. Punk-wigged porkers jumping rope with Her Majesty are but one of the many memorable images on this (rather pricey, to be sure) voyage of discovery. In a nicely humorous touch, youngsters will certainly relate to the fact that this lady goes nowhere without her teddy bear--he is in virtually every picture. And just as readers will, the exhausted animal smiles contentedly on the queen's lap as she takes homecoming tea with her consort. Ages 4-6.
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Book Description Century Hutchinson. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0091737958I5N00