Apparently, this charming book by Alan Aldridge and William Plomer was quite the big hit when it first came out in 1973, but I must admit, I've never heard of it, nor come across a copy in all my years as a reader. A new edition, out this past March, has come to my attention, and after perusing the beautiful pages for awhile, I can most definitely see why it made such an impact on readers.
Aldridge and Plomer created wonderful, flowy poems accompanied by amazing illustrations that appear as if they're about to just jump off the page at you. "The Rodents' Express" poem is just adorable, all the rodents on their way to the ball, and "The Butterfly Ball" brings everything to fruition, all the preparation of the various animals and insects culminate at the ball.
The illustrations are simply extraordinare (except for perhaps the slightly evil looking clown in the last illustration) and the end includes a couple of paragraphs on each animal in the poems, from a gadfly to a dormouse, to a gnat, and of course, a butterfly.
A lovely book, perfect for library and home shelves, this one will be taken down by the kiddos again and again.
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The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast
Alan Aldridge and William Plomer