When Jack Sued Jill is the latest collection of original verse by maverick multimillionaire publisher Felix Dennis.
Taking the innocence of nursery rhymes and turning them into something altogether darker, Dennis turns his piercing eye on the follies and absurdities of modern life. From ASBOs to Osama Bin Laden, creationism to crack houses, Humpty Dumpty to Tony Blair, nothing and no one is spared.
Even more shockingly, once you've read Dennis's updating of 'Little Miss Muffet', you'll never be able to think of her in the same way again. Scathing and hilarious, imaginative and unpredictable, When Jack Sued Jill is an essential collection of twisted nursery rhymes for the twenty-first century.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 112 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/11/2006
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780091912567
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Review by reading_fox
A collection of short poems nominally set to Nursary Rhymes. I didn't recognise many fothe rhymes but this didn't impede enjoyment of the poems. They are all fairly pointed - but many of the targets are somewhat dated especially considering that it's a 2006 book. The targets are also mostly UK and occasionally EU centric which will limit it's appeal to readers outside these areas. The humour is also a bit contrived in many instances. I found most of the poems scanned well to the tunes but there were oneor two where the words didn't seem to fit properly - no doubt the accomanying (unplayed) audio CD would have solved this issue. Most of the poems are short, only a verse or two, even when there underlying Rhyme is substantially longer. Worth dipping into now and again but once you've found the first one funny, it has no particular impact to read the rest, i's a concept rather than a work of art.