Humor - Limericks & Humorous Verse

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release date: Aug 08, 2018
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The Gloomster
Acclaimed illustrator Axel Scheffler returns with The Gloomster, a book that captures how many of us feel at least some of the time - the perfect antidote to all those tiresome proponents of seasonal cheer and mindless bonhomie.
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release date: May 08, 2018
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A Luxury of Limericks
Edward Lear made the form popular for children, and Anon wrote the great dirty limericks, and Garrison Keillor does both while pushing the limerick envelope. E.g.





Here is a yawp for old Walt


Whitman, who’s well worth his salt


Though sometimes he’ll slip


And just let her rip


And say: “Camerados! What is this blade of grass? Who am I?


Who are you?” And you have to say HALT.






Of course he deals in the vulgar. And the semi-salacious:





Chopin wrote a lovely etude


That, when performed in the nude


By a mademoiselle


Who plays fairly well


Can certainly uplift the mood.






Many are educational, including his 26-limerick abecedary for English majors. And also:





The Confederate general Bob E. Lee


Committed treason quite freely


And General Grant


Beat him up cause you can’t


Attack federal troops…I mean really.



He’s written limericks in honor of friends, members of the New York Philharmonic, his daughter’s teachers, a quintuple for Emily Dickinson, and one for his ophthalmologist.


My eye surgeon, good Dr. Khanna,


Looked through her eyepiece down on a


Novellist’s retina


Who thought he was gettin’ a


Vision of the blessed Madonna.






Woven through the verses are terse reflections on daily life, work, faith, and the old man of St. Paul whose office was a toilet stall.
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release date: Apr 03, 2018
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The Joy of Doing Just Enough: The Secret Art of Being Lazy and Getting Away with It

For anyone who’s ever heard a motivational speech and immediately vomited, a guide to ignoring society’s obsession with success

Sit around, leave sh*t all over the place, drink, forget about deadlines . . . being lazy is pretty easy. The real art in being chill is when someone without any real ambition can fly under the radar, and live unscathed by the never-ending reams of self-help and inspiration rained upon anyone who just wants to watch Netflix. The magical place where doing what comes naturally keeps the do-ers at arm’s length. Rather than doing less, do just enough. So screw TED Talks, Instagram images of a beach that say "Fail Better" in gold cursive, marathon training, tips for keeping plants alive, and all self-aggrandizing social media. Ninety-nine percent of people on this planet are just pretty average. We're doing our thing. Trying to get out of bed in the morning. Hey, are you awake right now? Reading a sentence? You know what? That's success in my book. Being a person is hard enough without all the pressure to be good at it.  B&W illustrations throughout
release date: Aug 22, 2017
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Hamlet (The Incomplete Shakespeare)

This is part of a new collection of the Bard's greatest plays, digested to a few thousand words with invaluable side notes from John Sutherland. Funny and incredibly clever, these parodies are a joy for those who know their Shakespeare, perfect for the theatregoer needing a quick recap, and a massive relief for those just desperate to pass their English exam.


release date: Feb 28, 2017
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Macbeth (The Incomplete Shakespeare)
This is part of a new collection of the Bard's greatest plays, digested to a few thousand words with invaluable side notes from John Sutherland. Funny and incredibly clever, these parodies are a joy for those who know their Shakespeare, perfect for the theatregoer needing a quick recap, and a massive relief for those just desperate to pass their English exam.
 
release date: Aug 22, 2017
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Much Ado About Nothing (The Incomplete Shakespeare)

This is part of a new collection of the Bard's greatest plays, digested to a few thousand words with invaluable side notes from John Sutherland. Funny and incredibly clever, these parodies are a joy for those who know their Shakespeare, perfect for the theatregoer needing a quick recap, and a massive relief for those just desperate to pass their English exam.


release date: Apr 28, 2017
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Romeo and Juliet (The Incomplete Shakespeare)

This is part of a new collection of the Bard's greatest plays, digested to a few thousand words with invaluable side notes from John Sutherland. Funny and incredibly clever, these parodies are a joy for those who know their Shakespeare, perfect for the theatregoer needing a quick recap, and a massive relief for those just desperate to pass their English exam.

 
release date: Mar 06, 2018
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The Gannet's Gastronomic Miscellany


gannet
'ganit/
noun
1. a large seabird with mainly white plumage, which catches fish by plunging into the water.
2. British informal, a greedy person.

The Gannet's Gastronomic Miscellany goes beyond the usual food fixations. Presented in a fresh, visually inventive style, it will appeal to anyone with a passing interest in food - which, in this gastronomy-obsessed age, is pretty much all of us.

In this compendious hotpot of a book you'll find a guide to creating a hit food profile on Instagram, a cross-section of a tiffin box, an explainer on craft beer, the origin story of chicken Marengo, a list of millennia-old products that are still edible today (should you be brave enough to try Irish bog butter or Ancient Egyptian honey) and many more delightful nuggets of information.
release date: Jun 26, 2018
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You Took the Last Bus Home: The Poems of Brian Bilston

You Took the Last Bus Home is the first and long-awaited collection of ingeniously hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the mysterious "Poet Laureate of Twitter".

With endless wit, imaginative wordplay and underlying heartache, he offers profound insights into modern life, exploring themes as diverse as love, death, the inestimable value of a mobile phone charger, the unbearable torment of forgetting to put the rubbish out, and the improbable nuances of the English language.

Constantly experimenting with literary form, Bilston’s words have been known to float off the page, take the shape of the subjects they explore, and reflect our contemporary world in the form of Excel spreadsheets, Venn diagrams and Scrabble tiles.

This irresistibly charming collection of his best-loved poems will make you question the very essence of the human condition in the twenty-first century.


YOU TOOK THE LAST BUS HOME

you took
the last bus home
don’t know how
you got it through the door


you’re always doing amazing stuff


like the time
when you caught that train

release date: Feb 27, 2018
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Just Where You Left It... and Other Poems

Just Where You Left It... and other Poems is a collection of humorous poetry about how to survive school, parents and everything else that’s unfair in life.

From David Roche come these simple and charming rhymes designed to make parents and children alike fall in love with poetry again… or maybe for the first time. It all started with a poem about the agony of poetry recitation, written by David for his son.

In fact, all of these poems were written for his three sons, touching on everything they might encounter growing up: exams, school meals, bullying, sports days, embarrassing Dads and nagging and know-it-all Mums were fair game.

These are poems for parents, poems for children and poems for parents to read to their children, offering a witty and charming take on life for every stage of growing up. If you grew up in a world of Ogden Nash and Shel Silverstein, then this is the book for you.

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