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Carnival of The Animals

Philip De Vos & Piet Grobler

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ISBN 10: 1886910472 / ISBN 13: 9781886910478
Published by NC., Front Street/ /Lemniscaat,,, 2000
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First American Edition, no date stated, (2000) original published in South Africa, 1998 Near Fine oblong hardcover, color illustrated covers, Near Fine Very Good d/j, in Brodart, interior unread, 36 pages, author Philip De Vos,well known in South Africa for his nonsense verse, limericks and stories for children, color artwork by Piet Grobler, 16 full pages, sketches and drawings on endpapers and many pages, CHILDREN'S FICTION, picture book, music, parade of beasts, animals and birds in every picture, ISBN-10: 1886910472 ISBN-13: 978-1886910478 Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches. Bookseller Inventory # B4596a

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Title: Carnival of The Animals

Publisher: NC., Front Street/ /Lemniscaat,,

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Bold illustrations enhance this lively collection of fourteen poems about a cast of diverse and unusual animals as they prepare with great excitement for their big debut at the carnival.

Review:

Philip de Vos's carnival of animals is full of malcontents and fiercely independent types: tortoises who waltz and cancan--but only in their dreams; lions who disdain sauerkraut and brussels sprouts; and rowdy, honky-tonker pianists. Fourteen poems document this motley crew, with a generous helping of Ogden Nash-esque nonsense and de Vos's own brand of quirky humor. Donkeys are immortalized thus:

Consider now
the donkey's lot.
He'd love to be
what he is
not:
wild and lusty,
not so dusty,
with a song
that's not so
rusty.
Donkey
hasn't any choice
and mocks the world
with his
hee-haw voice.
Each verse is complemented wittily by Piet Grobler's unique etchings in blues, golds, and rusts that, framed, could easily grace an offbeat nursery wall. The poems will most likely be enjoyed on two levels, as sophisticated humor often is: younger readers will delight in the silliness, while urbane adults will be drawn by the cultural references (19th-century composer Camille Saint-Saens is the "music man") and darker undertones (hints of death play around the edges of several of the verses--the tortoise "plods along, he plods along/ until his tortoise days are gone"). All in all, a captivating and memorable book. (Ages 5 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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