Even a Queen sometimes has trouble getting a good night's sleep -- especially when her mattress is either too hard or too soft. And when the Queen is unhappy, you can bet she makes the King and the citizens of Trouble miserable, too. While the King tries one absurd thing after another in hopes of finding a suitable bed for his hard-to-please Queen -- from the gardener's wheelbarrow to an enormous wicker basket (not too wide, but to too narrow) -- nothing works to solve the problem, not even his Mister Tickle Dream Machine. Finally, a young servant girl, Isabella Abnormella Pinkerton McPugh, steps forth to say what SHE would do: "Queen Angeline might well prefer a bed that's cool and wavy, Like bubble baths or like the seas that float the Royal Navy..." And voila! Thanks to Isabella, the Queen's insomnia is cured once and for all with the invention of -- the Queen-sized waterbed! Flamboyant and funny collages capture all the humor of this rollicking verse by J. Patrick Lewis, whose tongue-in-cheek nonsense has the appeal of the best of Edward Lear and Ogden Nash.
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Could the Princess (and the Pea) have grown up to be the Queen of Trouble? Though this silly ramble is not Lewis's (Riddle-icious) best, he includes some clever turns of phrase and provides Brooker (NJul 31 2000 | Read Full Review of Isabella Abnormella and the V...