50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists. With an introductions boy Leonard S. Marcus. Edited by Chris Duffy. :01 (First Second), October 11, 2011.
If Pocketful of Posies will inspire a generation of readers to trying sewing, Nursery Rhyme Comics may inspire a lifelong love of cartoons and graphic novels. 50 cartoonists were asked to put their trademark stamps on 50 nursery rhymes, along with the request that each artist remain true to the words of the rhyme. What results is this riotous edition that is not as easy on the eyes as Pocketful of Posies, but equally intriguing. It's what primary readers can graduate to or, introduce older students, if a teacher or librarian discovers that they are not well acquainted with the rhymes.
Some of my favorites were: Nick Bruel's interpretation of Three Little Kittens; Hickory Dickory Dock as imagined by Stephanie Yue; Girls and Boys Come Out to Play in Jules Feiffer's hands; Lucy Knisley's There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe; and There was a Little Girl by vera Brosgol.
I'm not sure why The Owl and the Pussycat was included. It's a nonsense rhyme to be sure, but it has an author, Edward Lear and, it's not typically what I think of when I think of nursery rhymes. I wasn't lovin' the trenchcoated vamp of a cat lounging everywhere either. I guess Jan Brett's more my style.
Now, the question is, where to catalog it? 741.5 - graphic novel, or 398.8 - nursery rhymes? Graphic novel enthusiasts will come across it when they browse the shelves, but teachers looking for nursery rhymes in 398 might not think to look over in the 700s. I'm leaning towards 741.