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"Cyrus's adventures told in rollicking prose are a sure-bet for story hour." School Library Journal

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 3/27/82 edition (April 26, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395313899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395313893
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paula L. Craig on November 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This charming story is certain to bring a smile to your face. I love it even more than my son does. The drawings are delightfully done. Bill Peet is one of the very rare children's book authors who are able to produce both an excellent story and great pictures. All of his books are good, but some are better than others; Cyrus is one of his best.
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I've read elsewhere that this book is about resisting peer pressure. That sub-story is over in the first few pages and really does little but set the scene. What this story is really about is courage, self-sacrifice, and the protection of innocent life against a world that often is far too dangerous. Many adults could benefit from giving this a read and taking it to heart, and yet it's not preachy or over the heads of the children it is targetted towards. Add to this the absolutely gorgeous colored-pencil artwork (Bill Peet worked for Disney for a while; his character designs give the original 101 Dalmations and the Sword in the Stone much of their charm) and some truly memorable characters, and you have my favorite children's book, ever.
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Paul, 6, and Ben, 4, say: "We liked it when Cyrus broke the pirate's ship. When he was pulling the anchor of the ship, that was the funniest part. We liked it when he was sneaking up on the ships. We like Cyrus because he's a good serpent". Mom and Dad say: "It's fun to read, and we like the illustrations, especially the expressions on Cyrus' face."
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By A Customer on August 8, 1999
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I learned to read on this book! I'm 24 now, and it's miles better than the stuff I was forced to swallow in high school! "You've got no more spunk than a jellyfish! You're nothing but a big sissy" - the shark
17 years later and I can still quote it!
Julien
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My boys, 6 and 3, have heard this story a minimum of 50 times (gee, if you add up all the times they've heard all the Bill Peet books, the number gets kind of big). It has suspense, pathos, bravery, and the bad guys get it in the end with a big KERWHAM! We love it. Folkmanis, by the way, makes a fabulous sea serpent puppet that is almost a dead ringer for Cyrus; ours has become a permanent part of family life, thanks to this wonderful story.
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I didn't like some of the language (I.e. The Captain of a ship shouting to the pirate/s in another ship, "The devil take you!" (Not sure of actual spelling). So I just change what they say. But I'm a nanny and this has been a beloved book of the children. Wonderful drawings.
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It's really fun sharing one of my childhood favorites with nieces and nephews. Cyrus is a wonderful story, and the illustrations are fantastic. Bill Peet writes a great tale to awaken the imagination and courage of kids!
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Bill Peet has been my and my families childhood Favorite author. The best stories I've ever read and simply a joy to read his stories. Passing he tradition on to my kids now and they adore all of his books!
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