New book by Graham Dukes updates classic nursery rhymes

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Nursery rhymes get modern retelling in ‘Nursery Rhymes for an Improvable World’

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Everyone knows the stories of Little Jack Horner, Mary, Mary Quite Contrary and Little Bo-Beep, but not everyone imagines them in the same way that author Graham Dukes has imagined them.

In his new book, “Nursery Rhymes for an Improvable World” (published by Trafford Publishing), Dukes takes a second look at these and other classic nursery rhymes and readapts them for modern times, giving them contemporary settings and challenges.

Dukes gives his characters a modern makeover, crafting relatable characters that have real-world problems. The Queen of Hearts with her tarts becomes a 21st-century feminist who regards the tarts as young ladies who need to be reformed. Meanwhile, Tom the piper’s son finds out what will happen to him if he steals a pig in the modern age.

Like many nursery rhymes and classic fables, “Nursery Rhymes for an Improvable World” satirizes present-day problems through fiction, tackling subjects such as bureaucracy, commercialism, environmental problems and atomic weapons. Dukes approaches these topics with wit and a sharp sense of humor, finding the jokes in serious matters.

Through his book, Dukes hopes to both entertain and create a sense of nostalgia. As many readers grew up with these stories, Dukes hopes his work will bring back fond memories while creating new positive memories.

“Nursery Rhymes for an Improvable World”
By Graham Dukes and Illustrated by Liisa Helander
Softcover | 5 x 8.5 in | 136 pages | ISBN 9781412057523
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Graham Dukes is a lawyer and a doctor of medicine who has worked and lived in Britain, Holland and Norway. An editor and prolific writer, he has published mostly on medico-legal topics, but he has also written stories and humorous verse.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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