The Jumblies

The Jumblies

4.11 (172 ratings by Goodreads)
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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 116 x 142 x 10mm | 99.79g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Collins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • colour illustrations
  • 0246128798
  • 9780246128799

Review Text

Lear first published this poem in 1871. It tells of a group of little people, the Jumblies, who sail out in a sieve with a tobacco pipe mast and a crockpot for a cabin, until they reach "a land all covered with trees." Its lyrics are catchy, haunting, and ideal for reading aloud: "Far and few, far and few,/ Are the lands where the Jumblies live;/ Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,/ And they went to sea in a Sieve." Wood's detailed illustrations are powerful, his colors dazzling. He includes enigmatic, green-faced people, gorgeous flowers and birds, mermaids, and "a lovely monkey with lollipop paws." Several illustrations tempt diverse interpretations, and three of them might be considered improper in a children's book. Some children may see the last illustration (the pages are unnumbered) as a frightening and confusing murder of a man. Some parents will object to the reclining nude woman - an illustration which is irrelevant to the poem and does have a sexist connotation. A surrealist mood prevails in this fascinating and lavish book. But because of the controversial nature of a few of the pictures, parental guidance is recommended for younger children. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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172 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 45% (78)
4 28% (49)
3 19% (33)
2 6% (11)
1 1% (1)
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