Enjoy the beautiful silliness of Edward Lear’s "Nonsense Botany"

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Our library in a small town in West Virginia had The Complete Book of Nonsense in the children’s section; I stumbled upon it after accidentally finding a collection of his limericks with the original illustrations. It was apparently quite an old copy and I adored it.

Relatively speaking, a pretty subversive book: nonsense is a perfectly reasonable thing to like and care about and enjoy. A good lesson for a kid to learn.


I bow before King Lear.
Jesters do oft prove prophets.


Manypeeplia Upsidownia has been my favorite since I first saw it as a kid. Marvelous stuff!

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