Busy, Busy Town

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Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm provide a fun introduction to Richard Scarry's Busytown, the setting of Busytown Mysteries on TV. Each oversized spread features a different place from the Post Office, to the Supermarket, to the farm. And for each place is a complete, simple story describing the activities, sights and friendly folk who can be found there. Familiar faces like Sargeant Murphy and Miss Honey will welcome readers to this colorful, fun, and very busy town.
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Overview

Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm provide a fun introduction to Richard Scarry's Busytown, the setting of Busytown Mysteries on TV. Each oversized spread features a different place from the Post Office, to the Supermarket, to the farm. And for each place is a complete, simple story describing the activities, sights and friendly folk who can be found there. Familiar faces like Sargeant Murphy and Miss Honey will welcome readers to this colorful, fun, and very busy town.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pages crammed with colorful, comical characters presenting words, concepts and a myriad of objects to inquisitive youngsters-the jaunty style of the late Scarry needs no introduction to his millions of fans. Treated here to a tour of the bustling burg of Busytown, readers glimpse the inner workings of its post office, service station, school and medical center (when Lowly Worm stretches to his full height on the scale, Dr. Lion observes, ``Your weight is just about right for such a skinny fellow''). As office workers ply their various trades and merchants open their shops, the activity in this instructive metropolis never ends. A fitting encomium on Scarry's own work can be found at the Busytown Library, where the author/artist wryly observes, ``There are all kinds of writers. The best writers write children's books.'' Enough said. Ages 3-8. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307168030
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Little Golden Book Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 131,430
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 12.22 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours pouring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. Whenever he was asked how old he was, Scarry would always put up one hand and laugh, saying, "five!"

In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated over 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies around the world, and are currently published in over twenty languages. Richard Scarry's son, Huck, carries on his father's work today. Richard Scarry was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Illustrators in 2012.

Biography

"I'm not interested in creating a book that is read once and then placed on the shelf and forgotten," Richard Scarry once said. "I am very happy when people write that they have worn out my books, or that they are held together by Scotch tape. I consider that the ultimate compliment." Considering the propensity of Scarry's preschool-age readership to ask for their favorite books again and again, it's a compliment he must have received often during his tenure as one of the most popular children's authors of all time.

Scarry began his career as a freelance illustrator, drawing pictures to accompany the text of books by children’s authors such as Margaret Wise Brown, Kathryn Jackson, and Patricia Murphy (who became Patricia Scarry when she married Richard in 1949). His first two efforts at writing his own books, The Great Big Car and Truck Book (1951) and Rabbit and His Friends (1953), already suggest some of his interests as an author: travel, technology, and talking animals.

But it was the 1963 publication of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever that put Scarry on bestseller lists, and established his signature style. Its densely packed pages are populated by anthropomorphic animals at work and play, in drawings that reward multiple readings with details children (and parents) may not notice at first glance. The large-format book contains over 1400 illustrated and labeled objects, along with simple introductions to concepts like sharing and helping.

In Busy, Busy World (1965), Scarry's animals star in a series of international adventures in such far-flung locales as Paris, Rome, and Algeria. Well before multiculturalism was an educational buzzword, Scarry believed he could use animals to help children imaginatively enter others' experiences. In a Publishers Weekly interview, he explained that "children can identify more closely with pictures of animals than they can with pictures of another child. They see an illustration of a blond girl or a dark-haired boy, who they know is somebody other than themselves, and competition creeps in. With imagination -- and children all have marvelous imagination -- they can easily identify with an anteater who is a painter or a goat who is an Indian."

Though Scarry soon abandoned exotic settings in favor of the fictional Busytown, he continued to illustrate different roles in society with cherubic critters like Postman Pig, Huckle Cat, Sergeant Murphy, and Lowly Worm. Once he had developed a cast of characters, he introduced them into everything from picture dictionaries and activity books to mystery stories and manners lessons.

Scarry's books, which have sold over 100 million copies and been translated into 30 languages, always reflected his own curiosity about the world. "Wherever I go, I'm watching," he liked to say. "Even on vacation, when I'm in an airport or a railroad station, I look around, snap pictures, and find out how people do things." In relating his discoveries to children, he expanded not only their vocabularies, but their understanding of the "busy world" as a social community in which people work, play, cooperate and share.

Good To Know

From 1941 through 1946, Scarry served in the U.S. Army. The army, he joked, "thought I would make a good radio repairman. My exam mark was minus 13, so they decided to make me a corporal." Scarry wound up as an art director for the Morale Services Section, and eventually rose to the rank of captain.

Richard Scarry's son Huck Scarry is also a writer and illustrator of children's books, including some new additions to the Busytown series. His nickname matches that of the title character in one of his father's favorite books, Huckleberry Finn.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard McClure Scarry (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1919
    2. Place of Birth:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      April 30, 1994
    2. Place of Death:
      Gstaad, Switzerland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Recommended

    My grandson loves Richard Scarry, as did my sons. These books are tried and true.
    I do not have a problem with the amount of illustrations and writing on each page.
    If a "busy" book bothers you, it's probably not a good choice for you.
    Great info on people living and working in a town, what they do and how they contribute to the community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    Teaches 'who does what!'

    This book explains to kids how it takes an entire town of people to make the town operate correctly. Good for getting kids to think about what they might want to be when they grow up.

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