Little Boy Brown

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Illustrated by the famous graphic artist André François, Little Boy Brown is the greatest book about childhood loneliness of all time. It is also a classic that is ripe for rediscovery because of the lost New York City that it invokes and its contemporary feel. Little boy Brown loves elevators, tunnels, and subways. His friends are doormen and waiters. This is his own account of the wonderful day that he spends with Hilda, his family's maid, and her family in the country. The character of little boy Brown is ...

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Overview

Illustrated by the famous graphic artist André François, Little Boy Brown is the greatest book about childhood loneliness of all time. It is also a classic that is ripe for rediscovery because of the lost New York City that it invokes and its contemporary feel. Little boy Brown loves elevators, tunnels, and subways. His friends are doormen and waiters. This is his own account of the wonderful day that he spends with Hilda, his family's maid, and her family in the country. The character of little boy Brown is completely real and moving, and his story lingers long after the last word has been read.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
There’s no denying the charm of Harris’s account of a New York City boy’s day out at his hotel chambermaid’s house in the suburbs, first published in 1949. Harris captures with a light touch the four-year-old’s blend of innocence and sophistication, while François’s calligraphic pen-and-ink drawings celebrate the bricks, ironwork, and marvelous haberdashery of postwar New York City. The subtext—Little Boy Brown’s blissful freedom from the prejudices toward the servant class that some older members of his social milieu might have held—may elude younger readers, but lovers of classic New York tales like Eloise and The Little Red Lighthouse will cheer this reissue. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)
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Brain Pickings' Top 13 Children's, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013

"Underpinning the charming tale of innocence and children’s inborn benevolence is a heartwarming message about connection across the lines of social class and bridging the gaps of privilege with simple human kindness." - Brain Pickings

“... lovers of classic New York tales like Eloise and The Little Red Lighthouse will cheer this reissue.” - Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592701353
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 352,216
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Isobel Harris was an American author and storyteller, and Little Boy Brown was her first book for children. She loved entertaining children and even composed music for them.

André François was a French graphic designer and illustrator, who lived in New York for a while and did
many covers for The New Yorker. He also studied with Picasso and created many
cartoons and picture books for adults and children. Little Boy Brown was his
first picture book to be published in the United States.

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