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In his years of collecting and cataloging the vast Green Tiger library of classic children’s picture books, editor Welleran Poltarnees has singled out scenes containing particularly unusual images and situations and he has compiled the best and rarest of these discoveries in Weird and Wonderful. The results are both engaging and delightful and reveal a world of children’s In his years of collecting and cataloging the vast Green Tiger library of classic children’s picture books, editor Welleran Poltarnees has singled out scenes containing particularly unusual images and situations and he has compiled the best and rarest of these discoveries in Weird and Wonderful. The results are both engaging and delightful and reveal a world of children’s books where imagination is given free rein. Artists and authors include Frank Baum, Edward Lear, Gelett Burgess, Peter Newell, John R. Neill and Charles Doyle.


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In his years of collecting and cataloging the vast Green Tiger library of classic children’s picture books, editor Welleran Poltarnees has singled out scenes containing particularly unusual images and situations and he has compiled the best and rarest of these discoveries in Weird and Wonderful. The results are both engaging and delightful and reveal a world of children’s In his years of collecting and cataloging the vast Green Tiger library of classic children’s picture books, editor Welleran Poltarnees has singled out scenes containing particularly unusual images and situations and he has compiled the best and rarest of these discoveries in Weird and Wonderful. The results are both engaging and delightful and reveal a world of children’s books where imagination is given free rein. Artists and authors include Frank Baum, Edward Lear, Gelett Burgess, Peter Newell, John R. Neill and Charles Doyle.

32 review for Weird and Wonderful: Discoveries from the Mysterious World of Forgotten Children's Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Reed

    A fun collection of images with accompanying captions. While there wasn’t chronological order to the images, I especially enjoyed the ones from 100+ years ago as historical artifacts. Images were more odd than surreal or psychedelic. I’m confident that the author has enough material for a PhD dissertation in the cultural studies of children’s literature. He certainly has deep subject matter knowledge. A brief essay providing historical overview or clustering images in sub-genres with accompanying A fun collection of images with accompanying captions. While there wasn’t chronological order to the images, I especially enjoyed the ones from 100+ years ago as historical artifacts. Images were more odd than surreal or psychedelic. I’m confident that the author has enough material for a PhD dissertation in the cultural studies of children’s literature. He certainly has deep subject matter knowledge. A brief essay providing historical overview or clustering images in sub-genres with accompanying essays would have helped improve my understanding and recollection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Morninglight Mama

    Holy cow-- I had no idea that children's literature could have been so absolutely ODD as all out before I read this interesting book. The illustrations and the texts collected and showcased here are truly incredible-- making you reflect on the journey societies have taken over that last century or so in their visions of childhood and literature. This is the perfect gift for a children's lit enthusiast! Holy cow-- I had no idea that children's literature could have been so absolutely ODD as all out before I read this interesting book. The illustrations and the texts collected and showcased here are truly incredible-- making you reflect on the journey societies have taken over that last century or so in their visions of childhood and literature. This is the perfect gift for a children's lit enthusiast!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Great illustrations. Found a lot of odd images. I just wish there were more explanations offered for the illustrations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    An infinitely re-viewable collection of bizarre picture book illustrations and a fantastic list of late 19th/early 20th century illustrators.

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