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The Crooked Man and Other Rhymes is a collection of hauntingly charming nursery rhymes, compiled anonymously. Each rhyme takes the reader on a journey into a darker side of childhood, painting vivid images of twisted characters and mysterious places.

What sets this collection apart is its ability to blur the boundaries between the innocent and the grotesque. The familiar rhymes we grew up with, seemingly innocent in their simplicity, are transformed into something altogether more unsettling. The Crooked Man, Jack and Jill, and Little Miss Muffet are molded into chilling tales, allowing readers to see past their harmless facades.

The anonymous author's adeptness at combining elements of horror and folklore is both impressive and unsettling. The rhymes themselves flow effortlessly, evoking a sense of nostalgia while also adding a somber twist. The crooked man, with his disturbing appearance and enigmatic character, stays with the reader long after closing the book, leaving a shiver down the spine.

The book's illustrations, although minimal, capture the essence of each rhyme perfectly. They provide just enough detail to ignite the reader's imagination without overpowering the eerie atmosphere created by the words. The black and white sketches enhance the haunting ambiance, making them a crucial complement to the author's work.

Despite their sinister nature, the rhymes offer a glimpse into the complexities of human nature. Through the tales' darker themes, the author skillfully explores the inherent frailties and flaws in character, challenging conventional perceptions of morality. These rhymes serve as a reminder that there is often a thin line between good and evil, and that it is within the cracks of that line where the most compelling stories reside.

However, the anonymity of the author also leaves readers thirsting for more. A sense of mystery permeates the collection, with questions arising about the inspiration behind these twisted tales. While the anonymity adds an intriguing layer to the anthology, it also frustrates those who wish to uncover the mind behind such macabre creativity.

The Crooked Man and Other Rhymes is an eerie and enchanting collection that will appeal to those seeking to revisit the dark recesses of childhood. It serves as a testament to the power of nursery rhymes, reminding us that even seemingly innocuous verses can harbor both beauty and darkness. This collection will leave you questioning the origin of these timeless tales and pondering the hidden depths of humanity.

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Aunt Mary's Little Series.






There was a crooked man, and he went a crooked mile, And he found a crooked six pence against a crooked stile; He bought a crooked hat, which caught a crooked mouse, And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

Go to bed Tom, go to bed Tom Merry or sober, go to bed Tom.


Little Tommy Grace, Had a pain in his face, So that he could not learn a letter;


When in came Dicky Long, Singing such a funny song, That Tommy laughed, and found his face much better.

Shoe the horse, shoe the mare, Let the little colt go bare.


A dog and a cat went out together, To see some friends just out of town; Said the cat to the dog, "What d'ye think of the weather?" "I think, Ma'am, the rain will come down."


"But don't be alarmed, for I've an umbrella That will shelter us both," said this amiable fellow.

Oh, the rusty, dusty, rusty miller, I'll not change my wife for gold or siller... Continue reading book >>

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