June 17, 2011

Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls


I bought this book from the Printers Row Book Fair a couple weeks back. I picked it up because of the title 'Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls' - how could you not? Then I discovered the illustrations inside by Tomi Ungerer and I knew I had to add this to my collection.

The poems are pretty dark and twisted and probably not for little kids - even though I think it was put together for children. There are some greats in it by Shelley Silverstein, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, and Robert Louis Stevenson. I hope you come across this at a used bookstore or thrift shop - it's a great one!

Three Bad Ones
Tom tied a kettle to the tail of a cat,
Jill put a stone in the blind man's hat,
Bob threw his grandmother down the stairs -
And they all grew up ugly, and nobody cares.
english nursery rhyme


  1. What a great find! I love quirky children's books. He's a very talented illustrator- the drawings in this book remind me a bit of your work :)

  2. Hi Denise,....... watch this... http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2136#comment-252192

  3. jayne - I love em too! I'm always on the hunt for fun children's books.

    alicia - aren't they adorable?!

    leonard - i am a huge fan of her! thanks for the link! hope your drawing!