book review – the nonsense show

book review - the nonsense show by eric carle

the nonsense show by eric carle ℅ puffin

i’ll always remember being in primary school, nestled amongst the bookcases and beanbags, reading through and marvelling at the hungry caterpillar. i can imagine that’s how a lot of people my age (late 20’s) got introduced to the work of eric carle. even now! it’s such an iconic book that it’s going to last long into the future.

the nonsense show is very visually recognisable as an eric carle book. colourful, collaged, fun and textured illustrations are peppered throughout the book and really bring it to life.

i have to be honest, i don’t love them all, as some of the colours are a bit too clashy for my liking, but i especially love the snakes, leopard-tiger and the flowers on the back cover. as always his work is wonderfully textured, and for children (and adults!) i think that is very appealing and brings a new dimension to the words.

the nonsense show - snakes

deer with flowers as antlers - by eric carle

the story itself is surreal and funny, but nothing a child (especially one with a vivid imagination) couldn’t grasp, and it gives plenty of opportunity to join in with making your own noises and chuckling at the thought of imaginary mutant animals.

side note: if you are fan of carle’s work, i think you would love brian wildsmith too. it’s also very colourful and textured and full of quirk.

once again, a children’s book i would happily recommend to children and adults alike. children will appreciate the funny story and the wonderful bright illustrations, and adults will perhaps appreciate the surrealist tone a little more, but will most definitely love (and feel a sense of nostalgia over) the illustrations.

leopard tiger mix - the nonsense show

leopard close up - eric carle

the nonsense show by eric carle - flowers on table

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  • Reply Jodie 19/10/2015 at 19:16

    Ahhh I love these illustrations, this looks like a great book, might have to look at it in the library for some inspiration on collages. Lovely stuff.

    Jodie | A Textile Perspective

    • Reply laura redburn 05/11/2015 at 08:45

      ah you definitely should! maybe take another peek at the hungry caterpillar too!

  • Reply Amy 19/10/2015 at 21:32

    I love his illustrations! Especially how they’re just one image in the middle of a white page, I think I like the simplicity. Also the abc book you tagged in this post (Brian Wildsmith) is so beautiful!! I might have to buy myself a copy!

    • Reply Amy 19/10/2015 at 21:33

      (Okay just also noticed you said it might be a little rare- noooo! That makes me want it even more!)

      • Reply laura redburn 05/11/2015 at 08:46

        haha, i feel the same if i hear a book is harder to find, always makes me want it more!

  • Reply Louise 20/10/2015 at 12:46

    Oooh I loved The Hungry Caterpillar! And I love the idea of reviewing a picturebook!! I’ve never seen this before – or stumbled upon your blog before either. And I’m loving it! So cute!!

    • Reply laura redburn 05/11/2015 at 08:49

      haha i’ve got a few up now, i love well illustrated childrens books and have quite the collection! and thank you :)

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