Isabella Abnormella and the Very, Very Finicky Queen of Trouble by DK Publishing

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For everyone who loves nonsense verse, a book worth staying up for!

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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J. Patrick Lewis was born on May 5, 1942. He is a poet and prose writer who is known for his children's poems. He worked as a professor of economics before devoting himself full-time to writing in 1998. He is the author of 90 children's books including: BoshBlobberBosh, Please Bury Me in the Library, A Hippopotamusn't, First Dog, Spot the Plot, The House, and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. In 2014, his title Voices from the March on Washington, made the Hot Civil Rights Titles List. He has received many awards from the American Library Association, The Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Claudia Lewis Award from The Bank Street School and others. He also received the 2010-11 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award. He was also named the third, U.S. Children's Poet Laureate for 2011-2013 by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Leslea Newman is the author of many popular books for children, including "Matzo Ball Moon "and "Cats, Cats, Cats!" Her fond memories of the sights, smells, and tastes of her family's Chanukah celebrations inspired her to write this story. Ms. Newman lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Kyrsten Brooker has illustrated several acclaimed picture books for young readers, including "They Saw the Future "and "Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street," Ms. Brooker lives with her husband in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Published September 1, 2000 by DK CHILDREN. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books.

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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 (N

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