The Whingdingdilly

The Whingdingdilly

by Bill Peet


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395313817
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/28/1982
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 112,569
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About 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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Whingdingdilly 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
IEliasson on LibraryThing 6 months ago
The Whingdingdilly is a fantasy written for children 5-8 years old by Bill Peet, the author and illustrator of 36 much-loved picture books. All of Peets books have a moral, and Whingdingdilly is no different. Scamp the dog is the antihero of this fantasy on a quest to be famous and admired like the neighbor¿s horse who he envies. Scamp runs away from his owner and meets a witch in the woods. When Scamp asks to be turned into a horse, the witch uses a spell to change him into a Whingdingdilly, a combination of several animals: a moose, an elephant, a rhinoceros, a giraffe, a camel, and a zebra. Achieving fame and recognition for his odd physique, Scamp realizes he misses his home and owner and wishes he could just be an ordinary dog again. When Scamp tries to go home, his owners, father and son, chase him away thinking he is a monster. After further misadventures, Scamp is finally changed back into an ordinary brown dog. Returning to his ordinary life, Scamp realizes that he likes himself, and his life, just the way it was. Thus, through humor and fantasy, Peet delivers his moral of optimism and self acceptance.A former writer and cartoonist for Disney, Peet¿s illustrations truly make the story believable. Our poor, pathetic antihero Scamp has an authentic hang dog expression in the beginning, and his antics as a Whingdingdilly do not seem far from our world of reality television today. The Whingdingdilly creature is ingenious, and the result of graphical exquisite corpse games Peet played with school children. Seeing the children¿s delight in fantastical creatures he drew, Peet was inspired to write The Wingdingdilly.
JaJa26 More than 1 year ago
Bill Peet is one of my favorite children's authors. I wish more of his books were available in hardcover format still.
LindaKE More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
We've heard that expression all of our lives...Well now you can see just what a Wingdingdilly is and you'll never forget it!!!! My daughter recently told me 'Mom I still want a copy of the Wingdingdilly' She was 24 this year and she still thinks of it as her favorite kids book!!! Bill Peet is a great illustrator and worked for Disney. Even his autobiography is a picture book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
That has to mean something! My daughter (a kindergartener) asked for this book and it shot me back. I had forgotten all about it. I hope she likes it as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, quite ironic that such an excellent children's book has only two reviews, thus far. In short, this book was given to me 24 years ago, approximately. Today, it's the first children's book that I'm considering giving to a friend's child. For me, as child, it was a wonderfully perplexing mixture of words and images... the type of story that adds color to our childhood memories. I hope my friend's child will like it. I think my copy is still in some attic box, waiting to be handed down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remeber reading the Wingdingdilly when I was very little, and it has stuck with me all these years. It is an awesome children's book!