Welcome to the home page of Nestlings Press, a small Toronto-based publishing house specializing in humour.
PLEASE NOTE that we mail only to Canadian addresses.
Our first eleven books are now available, beautifully printed by Coach House Printing in Toronto. All are 120 pages and 5 x 8 inches, except:
Aesop, ASAP (80 pages)
News of the Day, Lustily Shouted (80 pages, 5 x 7 inches horizontal)
Meet the Shakespeares (168 pages, 6 x 6 inches)
How to Get to Heaven and Back (144 pages)
A Fine Line: The Caricatures of Anthony Jenkins (8 x 8 inches)
When Tom Met Alison: A Fisher Collection (8 by 8 inches)
You may pay by credit card through PayPal. To do so, click on one (or more) of the book covers below. (Again, we can mail only to Canadian addresses. We apologize for any inconvenience.)
You may also pay by cheque, made out to Warren Clements and sent to: Nestlings Press, 119 Spadina Ave., PO Box 252 TORONTO B, Toronto, ON M5T 2W1.
For each copy of Bird Doggerel, The Charles Arthur Stories, Gulliver’s Day Trip, and If Famous Authors Wrote Nursery Rhymes, send $16.60 ($12.95 plus 5 per cent GST, plus $3 for postage).
For each copy of Meet the Shakespeares and Aesop, ASAP, send $18.70 ($14.95 plus GST/postage).
For each copy of How to Get to Heaven and Back and News of the Day, Lustily Shouted, send $20.80 ($16.95 plus GST/postage).
For each copy of A Fine Line, When Tom Met Alison, and Third Time’s the Charm, send $23.95 ($19.95 plus GST/postage).
We have a few copies left of a 1980s collection of Nestlings comic strips, published by Sylvan Press, called The Nestlings: Return Flight – 168 pages, 6 by 9 inches horizontal. If you’d like a copy, please send $13.45 (original $9.95 cover price, plus GST/postage).
TO USE THE PAYPAL OPTION, PLEASE CLICK ON ONE (OR MORE) OF THE COVERS BELOW.
Aesop, ASAP Fifty of the best-known fables attributed to Aesop and others are rewritten in lively rhyming verse, with charming illustrations by Anthony Jenkins. Author Warren Clements makes a point of including the pithy morals that set Aesop's fables apart from so many other mini-tales. From the dog in the manger and the wolf in sheep's clothing to the boy who cried “Wolf!”, the gang's all here.
News of the Day, Lustily Shouted Devilish verses envision a twilight world in late Victorian London where footpads, cutthroats and high society intersect, and where menace and subterfuge are never far away. Artist Julian Mulock converts Warren Clements’s quatrains (often sliced into couplets) into glorious calligraphy, and matches the lines with stylish illustrations inspired in part by Edward Gorey and Charles Dana Gibson.
Bird Doggerel is a collection of humorous and mostly accurate poems about birds, written by Warren Clements and illustrated with examples of the comic strip Nestlings, which ran in The Globe and Mail from 1979 to the early 1990s. Sandra Eadie, an expert birder, supplied the serious information about the birds that was distilled into lines of frequently rhyming verse.
Meet the Shakespeares collects fifteen musical skits based on Shakespeare’s plays, plus a situation comedy based on Hamlet. The skits, written by Warren Clements, were performed between 1995 and 2012 as part of the annual spring show at The Arts & Letters Club in Toronto. The book is wittily illustrated by Brian Gable.
The Charles Arthur Stories, written and illustrated by Warren Clements, consists of humorous interlinking tales of Charles Arthur, a man to whom things happen. From the back cover: “His parents ran off to join the circus. His aunt was eaten by penguins. His dog rips up the house looking for bones. And a man named Mr. Finch, who dresses entirely in black, keeps urging him to go on expeditions to the outside world.”
If Famous Authors Wrote Nursery Rhymes is the work of sixty-two Canadian contributors to the Challenge column, which used to appear in The Globe and Mail. The challenge was to rewrite a nursery rhyme in the style of a well-known author. Thus, Ernest Hemingway pens Humpty Dumpty, Agatha Christie takes a crack at The Queen of Hearts, and Chaucer tackles Jack Sprat. The book is marvellously illustrated with caricatures by Anthony Jenkins.
For years, contributors to The Globe and Mail’s Challenge column had fun rearranging book titles, rewriting great literature and imagining plot twists that might bring well-known stories to an abrupt end. “Yes, Mr. K. Someone will be happy to answer your enquiry.” Or: “But Desdemona uses Kleenex!” Gulliver’s Day Trip collects the best of these literary flights of fancy. If you like books, you’ll love this one.
A Fine Line: The Caricatures of Anthony Jenkins collects the best of Globe and Mail illustrator Anthony Jenkins’s black-and-white caricatures from his (continuing) career at the newspaper. He is a master of the art, able to produce not only an unmistakable likeness but a keen sense of personality with a few well-chosen strokes of the pen. His subjects include politicians, writers, actors and musicians, Canadian and international.
When Tom Met Alison: A Fisher Collection gathers 300-plus examples of Philip Street’s beautifully drawn comic strip Fisher, which ran for twenty years in The Globe and Mail and continues as a web comic (www.fishercomic.com). Main characters Tom Fisher and Alison York circle each other warily on the road from their first meeting to their exchanging of vows, with supporting characters ranging from pragmatic housemates Eugene and Ruth to Tom’s gruff boss, Alison’s cartoonist father, Tom’s old flame Meg, and Bixby, a robot that has imprinted itself on Tom.
From 1979 until 1993, with a couple of breaks, Warren Clements wrote and drew the comic strip Nestlings for The Globe and Mail. The heroes were either three birds in a nest (Fletcher, Theodore and the lovelorn Robin) or the worms of the forest, depending on whether you asked the birds or the worms. This collection brings together more than 300 strips, none of which have previously appeared in book form.
For more than a century, the movies have imagined what Heaven and Hell must look like, and what God and Satan might look like, and how reincarnation works. The interpretations are all over the map. One day, God is George Burns; the next, God is Alanis Morissette. Heaven may be a land of clouds, or a Technicolor paradise, or a black-and-white bureaucracy. Warren Clements takes an amusing spin through such films as Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Defending Your Life and Oh! Heavenly Dog. There are a few TV series, too.