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Cowardly Clyde Paperback – March 26, 1984


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 26, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395361710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395361719
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of Peet's liveliest (if not most insidious) triumphs." Kirkus Reviews

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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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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The illustrations are cute and captivating, the characters are engaging, the stories and well told, and each book has a meaning.
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I checked this book out of the library to read to my 4-year-old and he loves it so much I had to buy it for him.
P. W. Edwards

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1999
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This is an outstanding children's book that is enjoyed by all four children and Mom and Dad in our home. Clyde is a war horse who is afraid of his own shadow. He overcomes his fear to save Sir Galavant, the noble but crazy knight who insists on waking the ogre to give it a fighting chance. Your chilfren will enjoy this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Flowers on November 15, 2000
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This wonderful book appeals to my 5 year old boy because of the somewhat scary monster, the brave knight, but ultimately the courageous horse who must over come his cowardice to save his master Sir Galavant.
I was impressed with Peet's use of assonance and alliteration and over-all word choice: "...The faint-hearted horse was horrified."
This is super book and I recommend it highly - and the illustrations are beautiful to boot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine Grimmett on August 9, 2000
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We checked this book out at the library...and it has turned out to be my son's absolute favorite! I can't believe it..but he loves turning the pages over and over and looking at the scary monster. (He is 16 months old.) He is a little impatient for me to read the text as of yet, but he loves the noises I make to go along with the story. His favorite part is when the monster explodes (I say "Ka-boom" even though the text says "Ker-puffle") All in all-excellent job!! (I even rated it 5 stars with a longer review on epinions.com)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LKP on November 22, 2013
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My three year old is both terrified and obsessed with this story! Bill Peet is one of my all time favorites, and slowly but surely I am trying to collect them all. I bought this one for my 8 year old, but it is the little guys who loves it. Something about that Owl-Eyed Ogre.....he is totally captivated. He is the type of child to ask me to read book after book, but rarely the same one again right away, but this one he BEGS me to read again as soon as it is done. He covers his eyes with his blankey when the scary parts come up, peeking just enough. I can't help myself from emphasizing the really dramatic parts, just to really get him going! Bill Peet is obviously a gifted man who understands children and writes books that are easy and fun to read. I wonder if he read his books out loud before finalizing them?? They are all so well written, whether in rhyme or not(this one is not), and have such a natural flow to them. They are easy to get into, and just such a pleasure to read. After refusing to read this one out loud AGAIN last night, my son picked out a new popular book, "Dragons Love Tacos," which I really don't care for to begin with, but as a follow up to Peet's Clyde, it really looked and sounded lame and downright pathetic! It really made me appreciate this book even more! There are plenty of cute, catchy popular new books on the market, and don't get me wrong we do have and love many of them, but there is something about a classic tale like this, moral and eloquent as all Peet's books are, full of magic and wonder. Like a modern but timeless fairytale....complete with silly sound effects:)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sam on December 1, 1999
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the book is the funniest book about a hourse and curage. I have ever read to my littel sisters the book has an ok by my oppinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LEONA SMITH on April 4, 2014
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I read this book to my sons over and over when they were children. It was one of their favorite books. I never purchased the book when they were younger, however, they would always seek it out when we visited our local library. I just purchased the book and have been reading it to my 4 year old granddaughter and she loves it just as much. When my adult son saw the book at my home, he was almost as excited as when he was a little boy. He immediately picked it up and started reading it again, saying, " Mom I can't believe you found this book, it was my favorite book when I was little kid". Seeing his reaction was worth the price of the book ten times over!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. W. Edwards on November 13, 2001
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Cowardly Clyde is a wonderful story about courage and the illustrations are great. I checked this book out of the library to read to my 4-year-old and he loves it so much I had to buy it for him. Now my 3-month-old is enjoying listening to me read this story to his older brother and seems to love the story too. This was my first Bill Peet story but, now that I've read many of them, I've discovered he's one of the best children's authors ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Rosier on June 16, 2014
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And I bought it for a baby niece. I still like this book even in my 30s hehe! My review is probably biased because of this, but I loved Bill Peet's books and this was one of mine.
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