Friday, June 21, 2013

[BOOK REVIEW] Poems of A. Nonny Mouse by Jack Prelutsky

Title:  Poems of A. Nonny Mouse

Author:  Jack Prelutsky

Artist:  Henrik Drescher

Genre: Poetry / Animal / Humor / Fantasy

Year Published: 1989

Year Read: 2002

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc./ Dragonfly Books

Source:  Purchased

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Some Bizarre Imagery)

After reading various poem books that were illustrated by Henrik Drescher like “No Plain Pets” and “Runaway Opposites,” I have stumbled upon this surreal classic called “Poems of A. Nonny Mouse!” Now, I have read a couple of Jack Prelutsky’s children’s poems, but his collaboration with Henrik Drescher has definitely made this book one of the most creative works done by Jack Prelutsky’s!

This book basically consists of several poems; four of them which were written by Jack Prelutsky himself and you have to find out which poems belong to him in this book!  Some of my favorite poems in this book are:

“Jack Hall,
He is so small,
A mouse could eat him,
Hat and all.”

“Algy met a bear,
A bear met Algy.
The bear was bulgy,
The bulge was Algy.”

“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would chuck
If a wood chuck could chuck wood.”

I had been reading Jack Prelutsky’s children’s poems for many years, so imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that he written a children’s poems book with illustrations by Henrik Drescher!  Jack Prelutsky’s poems are as usual extremely wacky and hilarious to read as each poem details the crazy activities that the characters in each poem get involved in, such as one poem having a young boy named Ben swallow his wrist watch and then coughing up the time and date and another poem where a character’s head rolls off his head and that character puts his head back on.  Henrik Drescher’s illustrations are as usual wacky and bizarre and they greatly complement the zany nature of the poems.  Some of my favorite illustrations by Henrik Drescher are the ones where there are half-human and half-bird like creatures littering all over the pages, giving the book a frenetic feel.  I also loved the way that Henrik Drescher drew Nonny Mouse into each page as she witnesses the surreal activities of the characters.  

For children who do not like bizarre illustrations, this book is filled with surreal drawings such as images of half-bird, half-human creatures and characters that have small pointed teeth.  These types of images might scare children who are not used to seeing such illustrations and parents might want to read this book before showing it to their children.

Overall, “Poems of A. Nonny Mouse” is a truly fantastic book for children who enjoy reading wacky and surreal poetry books from the great mind of Jack Prelutsky!  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since some of the surreal imagery might scare smaller children.


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