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A Hole is to Dig Hardcover – September 30, 1990


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media; Har/Com edition (September 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595190457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595190451
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

First published in 1952, this hilarious classic is now available in paperback to a new generation. Krauss's definitions--from "toes are to wiggle" to "a hat is to wear on a train"--tell what's what--and Sendak's inimitable early illustrations show how. All ages.
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"A unique book . . . with drawings bouncing with action and good humor." -- --NYT --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

It is a gift for my 3 yr. old nephew.
Auntie Mel
I recently bought this book to replace one I had as a child.
R. Mayfield
The illustrations by Maurice Sendak are wonderful.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a terrific classic -- a listing of definitions, "laws" if you will, that are really almost self-evident in childhood. Each page contains a collection of drawings that illustrate the definition of something. The illustrations tend to show the early Sendak style, but in this book, there is essentially no overwhelming background -- each boy or girl or dog is illustrated in black and white (or beige). Each picture is self-contained, but there is some flow to the text on certain pages.
It's difficult to describe this book, but there is really a separate level for adults in these definitions that makes this an enjoyable read for parent and child. For the adult, this book evokes the simplest play of childhood and a return to certain basic principles that were probably totally accepted and later forgotten. I don't know why, but this is an overlooked classic. I can't think of another book like this.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Or maybe it's me that picks out the book over and over at bedtime. I was really touched the other day when my 5-year-old son helped my 3-year-old son zip his jacket, looked at me and said "a brother is to help." A great book that everyone should read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My mother told me about this delightful little book, one of her favorites from childhood. It makes note of things I might have thought myself as a child, and mixes in wonderful details like the sound "boodly boodly boodly!". Excellent reading for a child of any age, even those who are only inner children anymore!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled on an old copy in a used book store and bought it for myself (I'm 43!). It made me smile out loud as I stood reading it in the aisle. The illustrations and text are sweet and engaging... an example of what every book written for a young child (or young-at-heart adult) should be. I'd give this book more stars if they were available...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn Jackman on July 10, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was looking for something to send to my 4-year-old grandson and discovered this wonderful book that his father, now 44, loved when he was little. It is a complete delight, both for kids and the adults that have to read it (and read it, and read it...) to them. I still happily remember some of the definitions, these many years later. The text was written by children and the Maurice Sendak illustrations are priceless. This is one for the ages -- a real classic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
My girlfriend got this book as a Christmas present, and I picked it up and read it. We don't know why it isn't listed with the zen books! Simple, profound truths about the world we live in: dishes are to do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Franklin on June 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book after a glowing recommendation in Honey For a Child's Heart. To say it did not disappoint is the understatement of the century. This book is so cute, as soon as I got it, I checked to see if there were any more used copies available for the price I got mine. Alas, none were available, so now I have to just be thankful for the one that I got at an awesome price rather than buying one for every child I know.
Buy it. Buy it. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jen H on February 5, 2008
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I spent HOURS with this book as a child -- the hands down favorite in our family then and now with another generation -- I have bought oodles of copies for kids I know. Great illustrations, hilarious "definitions"... and always, always, in the world of Krauss and Sendak, safety, love, compassion, respect, and hilarity. Absolutely captures the world(s) of children. Ruth Kraus spoke with preschoolers to get their sideways views of the world. The tiny illustrations and compendium-like organization really do capture the "tiny"-yet-expansive world of kids. This is joy between two covers!
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