The Sorely Trying Day

The Sorely Trying Day

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The Sorely Trying Day by Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban

Father has had a long hard day at work. A sorely trying day indeed. He wants to sit down and put his feet up and rest. But what does he find when he arrives home? Commotion, consternation, confusion, chaos rule! How to get to the bottom of it? How to restore some semblance of proper order?

The investigation, reluctantly begun, expands in widening circles to take in the whole family, as finger points to pointing finger. Perhaps everyone is to blame? Perhaps to set things straight everyone just needs to sit down, say sorry, and start over again?

That family life is just that simple and never quite that simple is the message Russell and Lillian Hoban, the creators of such classics as Bread and Jam for Frances, A Little Sister for Frances, and The Little Brute Family, bring alive in this cleverly fashioned and heartwarmingly illustrated tale of a house in uproar.

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ISBN-13: 9781590173435
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Series: New York Review Children's Collection Series
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Russell Hoban (b. 1925) is the author of more than seventy books for children and adults. He grew up in Pennsylvania with two sisters (one of whom, Tana Hoban, became a noted photographer and children’s book author) and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, where he met his future wife and collaborator Lillian Aberman. Hoban worked as a commercial artist and advertising copywriter before embarking on a career as a children’s author while in his early thirties. Soon the Hobans were collaborating on books, Russell writing the text and Lillian drawing the pictures. During the 1960s the couple worked at a prodigious rate, producing as many as six books in a single year—many inspired by life with their own four children—including six stories about Frances the badger, The Little Brute Family, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, and The Mouse and His Child. Russell Hoban’s other books for young readers include The Marzipan Pig, Trouble on Thunder Mountain, and two books about Captain Najork (illustrated by Quentin Blake). Among Hoban’s novels for adults are Turtle Diary, Riddley Walker, The Bat Tattoo, and most recently, My Tango with Barbara Strozzi. Hoban has lived in London since 1968.

Lillian Hoban (1925–1988) was born and raised in Philadelphia. She became interested in drawing at a young age, taking classes at the Graphic Sketch Club before going on to the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. After their marriage, Russell and Lillian Hoban moved to New York City, where Lillian studied modern dance and later became a member of Martha Graham’s troupe. In 1961 she provided illustrations for Russell’s Herman the Loser, eventually illustrating or co-writing twenty-six books with him and illustrating nearly one hundred more for other writers, including several by her daughters Phoebe and Julia. In later years, Lillian was celebrated for her stories of Arthur the chimpanzee and his sister Violet, as well as for dozens of other books she wrote and illustrated. She lived in New York City and Wilton, Connecticut, until her death in 1988.

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WordsofTruth More than 1 year ago
This "domino-effect" tale with Victorian illustrations has been a favorite in our family even now that the children are grown. A different twist on Alexander and his terrible, horrible day, this story has a more poignant lesson of forgiveness and relationship healing. This is one we HIGHLY recommend.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Father comes home after a hard day at work and just wants to relax, read his newspaper and have some tranqillity and me-time. When he walks through the door he finds the total opposite. The kids are squabbling, the dog has chased the cat up on top of the grandfather clock, his wife has had it with all the wild bedlam and pandemonium reigns. Oh my! Poor Father... how did this all happen? He just wanted to unwind and not have any more problems to contend with. He realizes that the family must be sorted and they are all looking to him to do the sorting and to solve the problem! Father investigates and after the blaming and finger-pointing subsides he gives everyone (including the dog and the cat) a time out to think through what's been happening, apologize to each other and push the refresh button so they can get on with their evening. Will that be the case? Can they really do it? Will peace and harmony be restored so everyone can enjoy a quiet evening together? Every family can relate to this book that is why this is a perfect book to share after you too have experienced a "sorely trying day."
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Father comes home after a hard day at work and just wants to relax, read his newspaper and have some tranqillity and me-time. When he walks through the door he finds the total opposite. The kids are squabbling, the dog has chased the cat up on top of the grandfather clock, his wife has had it with all the wild bedlam and pandemonium reigns. Oh my! Poor Father... how did this all happen? He just wanted to unwind and not have any more problems to contend with. He realizes that the family must be sorted and they are all looking to him to do the sorting and to solve the problem! Father investigates and after the blaming and finger-pointing subsides he gives everyone (including the dog and the cat) a time out to think through what's been happening, apologize to each other and push the refresh button so they can get on with their evening. Will that be the case? Can they really do it? Will peace and harmony be restored so everyone can enjoy a quiet evening together? Every family can relate to this book that is why this is a perfect book to share after you too have experienced a "sorely trying day."
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Sue_Corbett More than 1 year ago
The New York Review of Books has done a wonderful thing by re-issuing classic works of children's literature that had been out of print for decades including this charming gem by Russell and Lillian Hoban, best-known for their books about the willful badger Frances, who wants only bread and jam for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In this story, a weary father opens the door after a hard day at the office to find domestic bedlam has erupted: Every member of his household (save his wife, who is clad in a long skirt and high-necked blouse) is up in arms. The four children are squabbling and the dog is barking at the cat who has taken refuge atop the grandfather clock. As the story unfolds the blame for this turmoil is passed like a red-hot potato from child to child to dog to cat -- a chain of bad actions falling like dominoes beginning with the cat scratching the dog, the dog thumping the cat but in the process splashing one child's paint, causing another to laugh and be splashed herself, and so forth. But then the cat accuses a mouse of having incited the riot since the cat was stationed on the couch (where he was inadvertently sat upon by a child) because he hoped to catch the mouse coming out of its hole in the floorboard. Here the buck stops as the mouse nobly takes responsibility for his role in the ensuing calamity and the story reverses gears as the cat refuses to let the mouse die a hero and instead apologizes to the dog, who licks the hands of the child he bumped, etc., etc., until all are humbled and apologetic and the stars have aligned themselves again in this particular household. Russell Hoban tells this moralistic story with ample humor, and ends with a neat twist. Lillian Hoban's pencil illustrations perfectly pace the longish text -- plenty for the preschool age child to look at while hearing the story read aloud. These books are also well-designed, with creamy, heavy stock, lots of white space and a uniform, jacketless cover design that makes you want to collect them all. Highly recommended.