I've always enjoyed the nonsense songs and writings of Edward Lear, ever since I first came across one of his silly songs in college. And I remember how surprised I was to discover he was a Victorian writer. He seemed so contemporary to me in the '60s. For this book, I choose three of his limiericks and the three matching illustrations. I picked a pair of self-portrait line caricatures--one for the front cover and another for the back.
This single sheet folded book structure is the easiest thing in the world. The only tricky part is getting the text laid out correctly so it reads right after the book is folded. I just folded up a prototype from computer paper then marked the front and back covers and numbered the squares for the interior pages, noting their orientation on the page as well (up or down). After you've marked it, unfold it flat and you have a very clear map of what goes where and in which direction.
I laid out the drawings and text in PageMaker. Most likely any other desktop publishing or design program would work as well or better.
This would be a nice simple project to try with kids using t heir own drawings.