Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

Albert Jack

Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

The history behind nursery rhymes is not only highly specific but often splendidly grim. This book is a reminder of the riches below the surface: characters, jokes, events and stories. 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Language & Linguistics, Society, Politics & Philosophy
Format Hardback
Pages 304
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication August 2008
ISBN 978-1846141447
Publisher Allen Lane
 

The history behind nursery rhymes is not only highly specific but often splendidly grim. This book is a reminder of the riches below the surface: characters, jokes, events and stories.

Reviews

The Times

Ben Macintyre

Jack's book is a tribute to the English oral tradition, and a reminder of the riches beneath the surface of the playground rhyme: characters, jokes, events and stories, perfectly preserved and awaiting excavation from history, like the bits of Humpty Dumpty himself, waiting to be reassembled from the Colchester marsh.

30/08/2008

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The Daily Telegraph

Jeremy Noel-Tod

He wins my sympathy for favouring the notion that "Hey Diddle Diddle" is a "lesson in stargazing" concerning the Cat (Leo), the Cow (Taurus), the Little Dog (Canis Minor), etc. It's probably not true, but at least there's a bit of poetry to it. However...the problem with all exposés of Nurseryland is that they end up diluting some very pure nonsense poetry... The point about Old King Cole is that he was a merry old soul - not a jovial Ancient Briton.

06/09/2008

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