"A 2005-2006 Chocolate Lily NomineeA BC Book Prizes Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize Nominee" No one knows who originally penned this traditional English verse, whoseFrench origins referred to Louis XIV. But Maggee Spicer and her husband, popular children's author and entertainer Richard Thompson, have turned the familiar nursery rhyme upside down in this charming version. The Grand old Duke of York has many soldiers eager to do his bidding. And in this romping tale they dutifully go up, down-and neither-up-nor-down-as ordered. But although these soldiers have obviously been trained to march, they have little discipline and no sense of decorum. No matter where they happen to be on the hill, they might decide to stop for a game of chess or tag...or even catch armadillos in bags. Other times they cheat at card games, then they play fair... sometimes they even wrestle grizzly bears, ordress up in silly suits, or play basketball with gnomes. This is one army that everyone wants to join. The acclaimed authors of "When They Are Up" do not take their soldiers tooseriously, nor does artist Kirsti Anne Wakelin, whose colorful army looks like they just stepped out of a deck of playing cards. This fun and rhythmic tale will appeal to all listeners who like their verses bouncing and rollicking, with a huge dose of silly. Includes a page of the complete lyrics, accompanied by the music
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Format: Paperback / softback
(192mm x 198mm x 4mm)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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Author Biography - Maggee Spicer
Richard Thompson's works have earned him a Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal and a Governor General's Award nomination. A popular touring author and storyteller, Richard lives with his wife and daughter in Prince George, British Columbia. - Visit Richard's web site at www.drawandtell.com.Maggie Spicer has collaborated with her husband Richard Thompson on many booksKirsti Anne Wakelin was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Capilano College and Painting and Decoration for Motion Picture Set painting at BCIT. Before becoming a freelance designer, illustrator and fine artist, she worked in the Internet industry as an interface designer, print designer and illustrator. Kirsti now lives in Vancouver with a view of the ocean.