Edward Lear & the Snargetted Flartlethants of Nonsense. Lear was originally a skilled painter, but failing eyesight pushed him towards verse and he began writing nonsense limericks. He popularized the limerick format and went on to write several more books, illustrating them in a loose, approachable style.
What I always find interesting, though, is getting some context behind the original material, so I've written two new pieces to accompany Lear's first collection limericks. First is an examination of nonsense poetry, looking at how and why it works the way it does. Next is a short biography of Lear himself, including some reproductions of his detailed, pre-nonsense paintings. Combine those with Lear's own work, and you've got a book that's fun for kids but with some intellectual context to put the work in perspective.
Plus, it's got a really catchy title!
Anyway, it's $13.95 and available online now. It'd make a great Christmas gift for the kids, I'm sure!