Author(s): Gris Grimly
An original take on the famous nursery rhyme. Celebrated creator Gris Grimly, widely known for his gothic style illustrations, turns over a new creative leaf in his glorious interpretation of this beloved preschool anthem. With a moving artists' note from Gris explaining the history of this song, and his personal connection to it, this delightful retelling has all the makings of a classic.
Praise for Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness * "The gently abridged retellings are in Poe's original language, and Grimly's wonderfully ghastly, full-color spot and full-page art splendidly depicts the mayhem that leads to murder in 'The Black Cat, ' the partying in the 'The Masque of the Red Death, ' the vicious genius of 'Hop-Frog, ' and the dual connotations of 'The Fall of the House of Usher.' In addition to varied sizes and presentation of images, Grimly uses different typefaces to set off aspects of the narratives, which flow across the pages in the traditional manner rather than appearing in comics-style panels. With high-production values and gothic sensibilities thoroughly reflected in both text and art, this is an essential purchase for libraries. Adults can use it to lead young people to some great literature; readers will pluck it off the shelves themselves for creepy, entertaining fun." -- Booklist, Starred Review
Gris Grimly is a celebrated painter, sculptor, and filmmaker who has created a rich collection of spooky picture books, including the Wicked Nursery Rhymes trilogy and his own retellings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Frankenstein. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and a young son, whose love of Old MacDonald inspired Gris to reimagine this childhood classic.