Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Question for Americans!


Hullo all!

And your question is: In the US, do you have the popular children's nursery rhyme, OLD MACDONALD'S FARM? It's a standard over here in the UK, but am not sure whether it's something that's ever "crossed over". There's a bit in the chorus where we have an "EE AYE EE AYE OH", which in any world would be a regional English dialect. If you can let me know what you know of said rhyme in the States it'd be much appreciated as I'm working on a book proposal that could potentially be published in the US. Obviously, the audience knowing the original rhyme is quite pivotal.

Cheers m'dears!


C

22 comments:

roque said...

With a quack quack here and a quack quack there, here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack quack...

Yeah, we gotcha covered!

Jo Bling said...

Marrrrrrvellous! Cheers for that, Roque, you've just sealed up a large gap in my prospective market and made a fat old illustrator very happy in the process ;-D

The image is said Farmer and his assembled animals, natch...

Anonymous said...

We do have Old MacDonald on this side of the pond.

Jo Bling said...

Who is anonymous? Do please tell and sign in as "other"!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

This is what Wiki says http://tinyurl.com/rm3md

Jo Bling said...

Yeah, Glazy, nowt about it's existence in the US there but cheers anyway mister

justinpatrickparpan said...

Not only is it extremely prevalent in the states, its also one of those few classic nursery rhymes that’s rarely ever been given a new or modern take. So go for it Mr. Bling, I’m eager to see what you come up with!

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Ma Kent sang it to young Kal-El when he was but a bairn from the stars.

Jo Bling said...

"And on that farm they had an Alien Super Being, E I E I O,
With a KAPOW! KAPOW! here, KAPOW! KAPOW! there...."

:-D

Thanks for feedback guys!

Goobeetsablog said...

Yeah....we even sing
"London Bridge is falling Down"
and we don't have one of those here:)

nice drawing
-brian

Ryan Wood said...

Great designs, I really like the light-bulb shaped head for Ol' MACDonald. He must be Scottish, right?

Kevin Keele said...

I love the simple shapes of your designs. And yes, I've known Old McDonald (or MacDonald)for as long as I can remember.

Gruntor said...

Jo Bling,I love the drawing. Can't wait to see the finished book. I think the "Old MacDonald" question has been covered quite nicely, but as for the London Bridge comment, actually we do have one of those. It's in Arizona. http://www.roadtripamerica.com/places/havasu.htm

Jo Bling said...

Cheers chaps!

Brian - Not only do you have a London Bridge, but isn't there a smaller version of the Arc De Triomphe in New York, down near the University?

Ryan - I guess he has to be Scottish, doesn't he? Maybe seeing some plaid in the finished painting...

Kevin - sentiments are mutual, sir.

Gruntor - I have Penguin/Viking looking at it at the moment, they need convincing that my design approach is appropriate to the text (which is basically an anarchic twist on the original Old MacDonald...) Hope this does the trick!

Emily's Imagination said...

I don't know a child who doesn't know this nursery rhyme...


ps...Thanks for stopping by my site :)

John Of Course said...

ill ask around! (about the nursery rhymes)

the tramploine looks fun- wonder if you can get a travel sized one...

Alina Chau said...

fun fun characters!!

Jazzy Justin said...

Cool art style...I like your icon.

ken said...

very cool characters! and he certainly has a scottish name :D

Jo Bling said...

Emily - thanks for that, it's reassuring. I spoke with one UK based publisher who expressed concern that it wouldn't be known overseas. Shows how little research they did on the matter. Accompanying painting should be done this week and I'll post it.

John of Hedley - :-) Yeah, ask around as you're there! Get yerself a kiddies trampette man...


Alina and Justin - cheers guys, appreciated :-) Justin, the icon is from BITENECK BEATNIKS - if you dig around at the beginning of my blog you'll find all that artwork

Ken, my Scottish chum :-D Of COURSE it's a kilty name, ach!

Jazzy Justin said...

That Biteneck Beatniks stuff is cool, and to answer your question, yes, I grew up with OLD MACDONALD'S FARM. It was pretty much a standard over here as well. Of course, I'm white from European descent, so I don't know how popular it is among the many other races here in America. But, it's good stuff!

Goobeetsablog said...

you're right.
If you count Disney's theme parks
we have tons of misplaced landmarks.

I guess you could call them sequels.