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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Inger Hagerup
Age Range: Under_5
A zany collection of playful poems from one of Norway’s most famous poets, Inger Hagerup (1905-1985), whose children’s poems are recited and sung by children throughout Norway to this day. The lyrical rhymes cleverly translated to retain their humour in English by Becky Lynn Cook, have similarities to the nonsense verse tradition. Seventeen poems include several about animals and nature: a crab, a hedgehog, a wasp and pig –
“In his pig pen stands the pig,
Pondering matters important and big.
Have the daily pork rates
grown smaller or big
wonders the pig.”
There are also poems about plants – chervil, sweet peas, and the parsley, (the title of the book), as well as an assortment of whacky rhymes including: ‘The House Called “Never Come Back’, ‘Little Miss Noseypants’ and ‘Shoemaker Madness’.
The vivid and detailed pen and ink illustrations by Paul René Gauguin (1911-1976), the grandson of French post- impressionist Paul Gauguin, burst with colour and are full of spirit and humour that match perfectly Hagerup’s quirky rhymes.