The Curious Lobster

The Curious Lobster

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An American Wind in the Willows, this charming tale of Mr. Lobster and his underwater and dry land friends celebrates curiousity and having an open mind, and will be sure to delight children and parents.

Whether you are five or one hundred and five, chances are you’ve never met a lobster as learned and charming as Mr. Lobster—and he’d be the very first to tell you so. Mr. Lobster has evaded the fisherman’s trap for decades, but life in his corner of the ocean seems duller by the day. The time has come to seek new adventures, new friends, and even—gasp!—new, dry lands. Dry land is of course perilous for a saltwater-dwelling creature, as are the folks you can meet there, like badgers, bears, birds, and snakes. But Mr. Lobster has a way of turning every enemy into a dear friend and of escaping the scrapes his curiosity gets him into.

An American Wind in the WillowsThe Curious Lobster stories have been delighting a small and devoted fellowship of readers for going on eighty years. Sweet but not cloying, instructive but not didactic, they acknowledge the challenges of getting along with others and celebrate the possibilities of a life lived beyond the normal swim of things.

This edition collects all of Richard W. Hatch’s Mr. Lobster stories, originally published in two volumes The Curious Lobster and The Curious Lobster’s Island.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681372891
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 30 MB
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Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Richard W. Hatch (1898–1985) grew up in Pennsylvania but lived for most of his adult life in Marshfield, Massachusetts, in a house that had been continuously occupied by his family since the middle of the seventeenth century. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1918, he joined the US Naval Reserve Flying Corps and later served during World War II. It was while stationed on an aircraft carrier that he came up with the idea of writing about the adventures of a very old lobster. From 1925 to 1941 Hatch taught English at Deerfield Academy, eventually becoming head of the English Department, and during the 1950s he lectured at the Center for International Studies at MIT. In addition to his books for children, he also wrote novels for adults set in coastal Massachusetts towns.

Marion Freeman Wakeman (1891–1953) was born in Montclair, New Jersey, and attended Smith College before joining the Art Students League. She was a member of the National Association of Women Artists and exhibited her work at the National Academy of Design, the Montclair Art Museum, and Smith College.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these books as a child; my children loved them; I am delighted that they are available again, as my copy was lost. I will read them to my grandchildren. The Lobster Books are whimsical and lovely, a bit in the vein of The Wind in the Willows, but their American/ New England flavor is unmistakable. Their humor appeals to children immensely. The moral lessons are gentle and the characters (a lobster, a badger, and a bear, with a few others in minor roles) do vastly silly things with aplomb and then display very good sense afterward. The illustrations are nothing less than perfect.