A Was Once an Apple Pie

Edward Lear, Author, Julie Lacome, Illustrator Candlewick Press (MA) $13.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56402-000-0
``A was once an apple pie, / Pidy / Widy / Tidy / Pidy / Nice insidy / Apple pie.'' So begins Lear's alphabet, a beguiling collection of verses that stretch poetry, language and meaning but wisely opt for silliness instead of outright nonsense. The result is a rhythmic, lilting progression full of simple, childlike images and the sort of fanciful wordplay that children revel in. Lacome's ( Funny Business ; Hocus Pocus ) bright, bold illustrations are a happy match, containing hints of whimsy that complement without overpowering the playfulness of the rhymes. They have a clean, crisp, yet varied design and a quietly folksy feel. Ages 2-up. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/02/1992
Release date: 03/01/1992
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