William Wegman's Mother Goose by William Wegman

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A well-known artist recreates these classic nursery rhymes with photographs of his weimaraner dogs as they play all the major roles, including Bo Peep, Old King Cole, Little Miss Muffett, and other favorites.
 

About William Wegman

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William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1965. In 1967, He received an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Wegman taught painting at various universities, but later became interested in photography and video. Wegman may be best-known for his photography involving his Weimaraner dogs in various poses and costumes. His work can be seen in museums throughout Europe and the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wegman was on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson Show in 1992, and his dogs have had appearances on Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street. Wegman lives in New York and Maine.
 
Published September 1, 1996 by Hyperion. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Do you think they should be in the tub with their clothes on?''), undulating typefaces, and photo after photo of the ponderous dogs, fully clothed and awaiting their close-ups.

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With their amber eyes and slouching postures, the weimaraner dogs photographed by Wegman haunt readers; the artist's use of human limbs in place of the animals' paws adds another dimension of strangen

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When Chip sits up in bed, his clothes are gone: "I don't need a dog, I am a dog," he realizes.

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Below, a caption enlivened by alliteration or other wordplay includes a key word spelled out in the weimaraner-made letters (the copyright page drolly identifies this makeshift ``typeface'' as ``60-point Weimaraner'').

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Wegman has drafted his weimaraner family into a bona fide cottage industry.

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(In one scene a character extends a human foot with garish red toenails to try on the glass slipper.) The unkind stepmother, wearing a disheveled black wig, intimidates readers with a cold gaze;

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It's no surprise that the endpapers are designed to look like the fake wood of rec-room paneling from a bygone day, or that Chundo decides to make ""a rustic sportsman's lamp"" (the shade shows a fisherman amid a woodland stream) for Chip's birthday.

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Although Wegman's artistic output includes photography and video work that doesn't feature canines, ""by the mid-Seventies,"" he wryly notes, ""I had become the guy with the dog."" The dog was Man Ray, a weimaraner with a movie star's instinct for the spotlight.

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Photogenic weimaraner Chip, who played a big-city naif in Wegman's Farm Days, helps send up small-town life in this affectionately campy salute.

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For two decades, photographer Wegman (William Wegman's Mother Goose) has focused on his weimaraner menagerie, as this unusual and amiable album indicates.

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Longtime Wegman watchers will enjoy spotting Chip, Batty, Crooky and their elder Chundo (who plays the overseer at the McFay farm) in their new roles here.

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After ""Little Boy Blue,"" Mother Goose scolds, ""It's okay to take naps, but not when you are on duty,"" and ""Jack Sprat"" includes the low-fat warning that ""Mother Goose reminds you to eat more vegetables."" The book derives its edge as much from the freewheeling typography as from the dogs' ...

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