Toy Brother

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"Good pictures come along fairly often, but an original, remarkable book that takes you by surprise is rare. Rejoice over William Steig's latest, in which he spoofs medieval life and takes a crack at bullying older brothers and alchemy as he tells his rattling good story. 
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A riveting tale of sibling rivalry set in medieval times, which is, at the same time, as modern as all get-out." 
-- Newsday
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Overview

"Good pictures come along fairly often, but an original, remarkable book that takes you by surprise is rare. Rejoice over William Steig's latest, in which he spoofs medieval life and takes a crack at bullying older brothers and alchemy as he tells his rattling good story. 
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A riveting tale of sibling rivalry set in medieval times, which is, at the same time, as modern as all get-out." 
-- Newsday
"Readers will delight in Steig's droll expressions, both visual and verbal, but the subtle lesson about brotherly love will not be lost amid teh comic goings-on."
-- School Library Journal

An apprentice alchemist finds that his despised kid brother is the only one who can help him when he concocts a potion which makes him the size of a peanut.

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Sure to be adored by all younger siblings.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Yorick is a mischievous boy who meddles with alchemy in his father's medieval workshop, and accidently shrinks himself to the size of a toy. He must depend on his little brother to protect him, but all his brother can do is amuse him by dressing the goat in his mother's clothes, and the pig in his father's. But amusement doesn't restore Yorick. When their parents come back, and all is finally well again, everyone has learned something about family love, "or at least, like." Not at all didactic, this is a clever, amusing story.
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Gr 1-3-Magnus and Eutilda Bede and their two children are an everyday, run-of-the-mill medieval family. Mr. Bede is an alchemist and Yorick, his older son, aspires to follow in his footsteps. When he isn't being pestered by Charles, Yorick dreams of turning donkey dung into gold and working other marvelous transformations. While Mr. and Mrs. Bede journey to a faraway wedding, the boy takes advantage of the opportunity to try out a magic formula. His potion does not have quite the effect he expects, however, and he ends up the size of a sausage. Charles is delighted. He makes his brother a little house, feeds him crumbs of bread and clabber cheese, and wishes he would fit in his pocket forever. The older boy is anxious to return to his normal size, but only does so when he finally remembers a missing ingredient in the magic potion. After all their trials, the two siblings view one another with a new affection. Steig's amusing drawings and bright watercolor washes are rich in detail and his cartoon style is further enlivened by bright purple borders on each page. Readers will delight in Steig's droll expressions, both visual and verbal, but the subtle lesson about brotherly love will not be lost amid the comic goings-on.Barbara Kiefer, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062059277
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Edition description: 1ST PBK
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William Steig's drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete's A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.

William Steig's drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete's A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.

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