Edward Lear was a pioneer of nonsense literature for children. His "Jumblies" and "Quangle Wangle's Hat" and other poems are as crazy as Lewis Carroll's "Wonderland"! Lear's limericks are ALMOST as good, and, combined with his own zany sketches, often startle us. But Lear's limericks repeat the first line at the end. Compared with modern limericks, where the final line is the sting in the tale, Lear's limericks are limp. For example, Lear told us, "There was an Old Man with a beard, / Who said, âIt is just I feared! â / Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren, / Have all built their nests in my beard!â This is a funny idea, but ends just as it starts. Why not USE the final line more effectively? Consider this as an example of what this book does to "fix" Lear's limp limericks: There was an old man with a beard, / Who said, âIt is just I feared! â / One owl and two hens, / Three larks and four wrens, / Are nesting here!â â isnât that weird?!