Nursery rhymes meet comic books

A collection of nursery rhymes is a must for every child’s library. That said, finding the perfect collection is not easy. Unlike alphabet books, for which there is one in every style and theme imaginable, a wow-worthy collection of nursery rhymes is harder to come by.

Which is why the hippest toddlers will be all over Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists, published by First Second Books.

Well known cartoonists and illustrators have applied their own distinctive style to the best-loved nursery rhymes from ‘Pat-a-Cake’ and ‘Jack and Jill’ to ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’. Each is told in comic book panels and in a different artistic style – some are quite dark, others obviously humorous.

What particularly appeals to me about this book is that most often children learn nursery rhymes orally, so to have a visual interpretation is good fun. Take a look at Sara Varon’s take on ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ and you’ll see what I mean – Mary and the lamb snorkelling?! I think kids will enjoy that.

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists is available from Amazon, which ships to Australia.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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