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Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America's Laureate of Light Verse
Douglas M. Parker
156663637X
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The life of the man who is fondly remembered for his verse "Candy/Is dandy/ But liquor/Is quicker" was often anything but dandy, according to his assiduous biographer. Ogden Nash's (1902–1971) genteel Southern heritage and one year at Harvard (due to his father's financial reverses) provided him with literary aspirations that led him to fear his jaunty, pun-filled, gently satiric verse was not real poetry. Even after acclaim greeted his frequent publication in the New Yorker, finances forced him to leave his beloved (and temperamental) wife and two daughters to go on the road as a lecturer and performer, where he often suffered bouts of intestinal illness and depression. His yearning for a career in musical theater was briefly (if memorably) fulfilled when he provided the lyrics for Kurt Weill's classic...


Poems of Fun and Fancy
David Stanford Burr (Editor)
0760733139
October 2003
Hardcover
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A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms
Paul B. Janeczko (Editor)
0763606626
April 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-9–Following on the heels of their delightful introduction to concrete poetry, A Poke in the I (Candlewick, 2001), Janeczko and Raschka now join forces to explore poetic forms. An introduction presents an easy-to-swallow rationale for the many rules to follow, likening the restrictions to those found in sports: in both cases, rules challenge the players to excel in spite of limits. The repertoire then unfolds to showcase 29 forms, one to two poems per spread, building from a couplet, tercet, and quatrain to the less familiar and more complex persona poem, ballad, and pantoum. The selections are accessible without being simplistic; they span an emotional range from the tongue-in-cheek humor of J. Patrick Lewis's "Epitaph for Pinocchio" to Rebecca Kai Dotlich's moving "Whispers to the [Vietnam]...


The Tale of Custard the Dragon, Vol. 1
Ogden Nash
0316590312
April 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Do you remember brave Belinda and her "realio, trulio, little pet dragon"? This Ogden Nash classic has been a favorite of children for more than 60 years and until recently was unavailable in a picture-book version. Artist Lynn Munsinger has rejuvenated the poem with her chuckle-inducing illustrations of no-nonsense Belinda and the cowardly green and purple dragon Custard. Belinda was a brave role model for young girls back when females weren't encouraged to stand up for themselves, and Custard's hidden reserve of strength has no doubt inspired children for several generations. Hooked on Custard? The next adventure unfolds in Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight, which followed this popular picture book. (Ages 3 to 8) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight
Ogden Nash
0316599050
September 1999
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4?As she did in The Tale of Custard the Dragon (Little, 1995), Munsinger brings Nash's appealing cowardly dragon to life through her lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Belinda is kidnapped by the notorious Sir Garagoyle and it is Custard, not the child's other reluctant pets, who sets out to rescue her. " 'Well,' said Custard, 'at least I'm in the mood/To be the toughest chicken that was ever chewed.' " Munsinger's deft portrayal of the poem's action and characters is a perfect match for Nash's clever wordplay. Her paintings, whether of the arrival of the evil Sir Garagoyle ("You could tell he was wicked, for he reeked of roguery") or of Custard's rescue flight ("With headlight eyes and spikes a-bristle/He pierced the air like a locomotive whistle") perfectly convey the poem's light...


Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight
Ogden Nash
0613213939
Sept 1999
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4?As she did in The Tale of Custard the Dragon (Little, 1995), Munsinger brings Nash's appealing cowardly dragon to life through her lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Belinda is kidnapped by the notorious Sir Garagoyle and it is Custard, not the child's other reluctant pets, who sets out to rescue her. " 'Well,' said Custard, 'at least I'm in the mood/To be the toughest chicken that was ever chewed.' " Munsinger's deft portrayal of the poem's action and characters is a perfect match for Nash's clever wordplay. Her paintings, whether of the arrival of the evil Sir Garagoyle ("You could tell he was wicked, for he reeked of roguery") or of Custard's rescue flight ("With headlight eyes and spikes a-bristle/He pierced the air like a locomotive whistle") perfectly convey the poem's light...


Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from the New Yorker
David Remnick (Editor)
0375761276
October 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Remnick, New Yorker editor since 1999, and Finder, the magazine's editorial director, recommend taking this book in small doses. However, New Yorker humor is not for everyone. Do not read this book if you suffer from an irony deficiency, or if you are currently taking any form of remedial English. Also, do not read this book if you are allergic to E.B. White, Robert Benchley, S.J. Perelman, Dorothy Parker, Woody Allen, Veronica Geng, Steve Martin, or Jack Handey. Side effects include the urge to do literary research (to track down the targets of spoofs) and the discovery of some very funny writers who may be unknown to you. To learn more about the type of material contained in this book, consult Judith Yaross Lee's Defining New Yorker Humor (LJ 2/1/00). Ask your librarian if Fierce Pajamas is right for you....


Souza: Dance, Love, Sing , Live (Black/White Boxed Card)
Staff of Quotable Cards
1590350294
August 2003
Other Format
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The Pocket Book of Ogden Nash
Ogden Nash
0848814398
June 1976
Hardcover
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Review
Harper's The reader will find himself completely captivated. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

Here, in one volume, are the most popular poems of one of the most popular poets of the twentieth century -- perhaps of the last twenty centuries. Delightfully nonsensical, they in fact make the best of sense, accomplishing what only real poetry can -- allowing the reader to discover what he didn't know he already knew or felt. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.



The Life and Rhymes of Ogden Nash
David Stuart
1568331274
May 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
A personal history of one of America's most successful writers, whose career included publishing and screenwriting in addition to his beloved poetry.


Eric Carle's Animals Animals
Eric Carle (Illustrator)
0698118553
August 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Eric Carle's distinctive art holds a place of honor in the world of children's books. (He is the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the illustrator of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?.) In this thoughtfully selected collection of poems about animals, you'll meet creatures of every sort, from an ant to a yak. You'll find selections from many cultures, penned by celebrated poets such as Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, and Jack Prelutsky. Animals, Animals is best suited for older preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades, but the beautiful illustrations will please children of any age, including babies. The oversized format lends itself well to Eric Carle's bright collages--the animals, birds, and insects seem ready to jump or fly right off the pages. (Ages 1 to 8) ...


The Voice of the Poet: American Wits: Audio CD
Ogden Nash
055375663X
March 2003
Compact Disc
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From AudioFile
Complete with full text, original recordings, and pictures of the artists, this offering is a multimedia delight. Three of the world's cleverest poets. Three voices, each giving a rare glimpse of genius on the hoof. Did you know that Ogden Nash had an upper-class drawl? Who would have guessed that Dorothy Parker, wicked and irreverent, might have passed on the phone as the headmistress of an exclusive girl's school? Three brief but pithy biographies are bound in a booklet with pictures of the artists and facsimiles of their signatures. I fell in love with Phyllis McGinley. Her best efforts are not just deeply funny but also radically true. This woman wrote the first book of light verse ever to win the Pulitzer Prize. B.H.C. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine ...


Ogden Nash: A Descriptive Bibliography
George W. Crandell
0810823322
January 1990
Hardcover
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Book Description
The first comprehensive description of the published works of American humorist and poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971).

About the Author
George W. Crandell (BA, University of North Carolina; MA, Ph.D., University of Texas) specializes in bibliography and textual criticism and teaches American literature at Auburn University. His publications include articles on nineteenth-century American humorists and the correspondence of Ogden Nash. He is now completing a descriptive bibliography of the works of American playwright Tennessee Williams.

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