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The Quangle Wangle's Hat

by Edward Lear

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This book was an interesting read. It tells the story of a creature called the Quangle Wangle that wears a very large hat and lives on the top of a crumpetty tree. The text is silly as it uses both, real words and made up words. This text would be great to introduce young children to rhymes. The illustrations are beautiful, with very vibrant colors. ( )
  Eayyad | Jan 30, 2017 |
It's a nonsense poem by Lear. It's better appreciated with, at most, a few small sketches. It's meant to be read aloud, perhaps even memorized to provide a chant for walking to school or rocking to sleep. The pictures are supposed to be created within each individual reader's imagination. I'd love to give the poem itself some stars, but I cannot rate the book more than one, sorry.

(What's most disappointing to me is that this was published by Candlewick. Well, I guess everyone messes up once in a while. At least I got another 1001 book checked off.) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This picture book uses the text of the classic nonsense poem by Edward Lear. The Quangle Wangle Quee sits atop the Crumpetty Tree in his enormous hat. He lives on jam and jelly and bread, but he’s very lonely. Soon, however, Mr. and Mrs. Canary arrive and beg to build their home on the Quangle Wangle’s hat. He consents and the birds are followed by a parade of animals, from the Stork to the Frog, to the imaginary Pobble with no toes and the Fimble Fowl with the corkscrew leg. That night by the light of the Mulberry Moon the animals dance to the flute music of the Blue Baboon and were as happy as happy could be.

Lear’s rhyming poetry is full of nonsense words that just beg to be read aloud. Voce’s whimsical illustrations are placed in a coastal or island location. Although the passage of time is only mentioned at the end of the poem, Voce sets the time frame of the poem within one day. You can follow the progress of the day by looking at the sky and the lighting of each page, from orangey dawn to blue sky afternoon to a purple night lit by the Mulberry moon.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/04/book-117-quangle-wangles-hat-by-edwa...
  amy-picturebookaday | Apr 27, 2012 |
After you read the book they could make their own hat with buttons, ribbon, and lace. Then they could hang them up outside for a bulletin board.
  ccondra | Oct 13, 2008 |
Climb to the top of the Crumpetty Tree and meet the Blue Baboon, the Fimble Fowl, the Dong with a luminous nose - and, of course, the Quangle Wangle in his huge and lovely Hat!
  antimuzak | Nov 2, 2007 |
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Lear, Edwardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oxenbury, HelenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, JanetIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Voce, LouiseIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Mr. Quangle Wangle Quee, high up in the Crumpetty Tree, life is lonesome beneath his beribboned and bedecked hat--But not for long.

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