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Describes in rhyme a variety of fantastical creatures such as the blue-snouted Twumps, the pie-faced Pazeeks, and the fancy Fandangos.

Describes in rhyme a variety of fantastical creatures such as the blue-snouted Twumps, the pie-faced Pazeeks, and the fancy Fandangos.

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Overview

Describes in rhyme a variety of fantastical creatures such as the blue-snouted Twumps, the pie-faced Pazeeks, and the fancy Fandangos.

Describes in rhyme a variety of fantastical creatures such as the blue-snouted Twumps, the pie-faced Pazeeks, and the fancy Fandangos.

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"Peet introduces a hilarious array of characters reminiscent of those who inhabit Dr. Seuss's books." Booklist, ALA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395395943
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1985
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet’s books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.

In both his career as an author and illustrator of children’s books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."

At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.

Bill Peet’s signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes.

"At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn’t possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    A great series of books

    I began reading Bill Peet books over 25 years ago when our oldest child was young. He was a creative writer whose illustrations are fun and beautiful! Many of his stories have a morale that allows you to discuss the meaning with the older child. Our children would let us read Bill Peet books to them when they were 'too old' to be read to. I am accumulating my collection to be ready for grandchildren!

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

    Classic

    Excellent imagination. Bill Peet classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    Funny & Excellent in Nurturing Creativity

    Each of these rhyming stories may appear non-sensical at first, but actually they all depict very imaginative ways in seeing things from different perspectives. I read this book to my son when he was 4; and he immediately fell in love with it so much that he didn't mind going into all the troubles re-reading it on his own, and still laughed so loudly each time. This book didn't only nurture my son's love of reading (on his own), but also he has since loved making very creative, NO-SUCH-THING drawings/stories or arts in general. Very rarely can I find books of this caliber!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2001

    A childhood dream

    When I was a small child, and still attending elementary school, I fell deeply in love with this book. Years later, I tried to find it again, without knowing the author or title, but only from my memory of the cover. I returned to my old school where I found many surprised. It had changed so much over the years that it took me a good five minutes to figure out how to even get into the library. Mrs. Carlson, the librarian was still working there. I went up to her and she recognized me imediately. 'You've grown up!' She commented. I began describing the cover of the book to her and some of the pages from within. 'There were the snakes that curled up into tires and rolled down the hill,' I said. She immediately went to the part of the library where the book had lived for such a long time. Unfortunately, it was not there any longer. Apparently another child was as in love with it as i had been. Mrs. Carlson was able to tell me the author and title, however, and ended my days of searching through book stores for a familiar rainbow horse and confusing sales clerks with stories of tire snakes and long, slvery, watery beards.

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