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The Gnats of Knotty Pine Paperback – October 29, 1984


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 29, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395366127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395366127
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cartoon-like illustrations suitably capture the sardonic spirit of the text." Children's Book Review Service

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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By PM on May 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am shocked at the nasty reviews of this book. Bill Peet is known for his environmentally friendly books and they're hardly "disguised", thinly or otherwise. Those who are looking for something else should seek out other authors (there are certainly a near limitless number of children's authors). I read this book when I was wee old and loved it as I loved his others (farewell to shady glade, whump world, etc.). I think Farewell to Shady Glade is the best, but this book is fun too. Do not overlook this book for fear of its "biased" view on hunting. The fact is, these hunters come to hunt the animals. In this book the animals have been anthropomorphosized (like many children's stories) and do not want to be killed. Let's face it, hunting, which is anyone's right within its legal bounds, is killing animals. Instead of passing judgement, be honest: some humans kill animals while hunting, for better or for worse. I'm sure most children, like myself now (and 20+ years ago as a child), eat dead animals, aka meat, and so can learn to appreciate how humans impact and interact with the world. I suppose the offended readers of this book would have preferred the animals to knowingly sacrifice some of themselves for the hunters' sport?! I don't know one child that would have read that plot line and not scratched their head. This book is a simple story about how knats, rejected by the animals for their annoying swarming, save the day, preventing the hunters from holding their hunt, by, ironically, swarming around the hunters. In the end the knats become the best friends of the animals because of how they helped the animals. That's it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EcoDesigner on September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I loved Bill Peet books as a child, and I still really like them today. I recently bought the whole set so that my children will have them, and realized that I remember every character and every plot from 20+ years ago when my parents read them to me. They really made an impact on me. The illustrations are cute and captivating, the characters are engaging, the stories and well told, and each book has a meaning. There are few authors who can create such a fine balance in childrens' books.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1998
Format: Turtleback
This was a really good book. I really enojoyed how heroic the Gnats were to protect the animals, even though the moose blew them away with his nose. It also gave me a sense of excitememnt when the hunters ran away from my hero the squirl.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M on August 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
I just saw this in the library and was really excited to read it to my daughter as soon as we got home. Growing up, Bill Peet was one of my favorite authors (25 years ago). I loved his animal characters, his stories and, most of all, his illustrations. He was even the subject of one of my middle school book reports.

I was a bit heartbroken to learn that he paints hunters in such a negative light. As a hunter myself it was difficult to remain enthusiastic while reading a book labeling hunters as "ogres" (a license plate) and claiming that they hunt "just for fun". It goes on, but it paints hunters as the cliche stupid, careless, disrespectful, fat morons you've seen before. I could go on a rant about why I hunt but this image by Bill Peet couldn't be further from the truth. I want my daughter to have a more balanced, respectful, and educated opinion about responsible hunting and it's place in environmental management and significance in human history (for better and worse).

While I completely agree with many of the comments that user "PM" included in their review, it's much harder in practice to read a book to your child that you adore (and who adores you) when the content of the book paints you in such a terrible light. I'm not going to deny that "hunting" is "killing" but to many, including myself, that is akin to likening "prayer" to "whispering". Hunting is a deeply personal, emotional experience that evokes different feelings in different people. I still love Peet's books but I won't buy this one or check it out again.

Simply put: when a book paints you and your beliefs in such a negative light it becomes too difficult to enjoy it with your children to make it worth while.
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By Book Fan on February 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
All of Bill Peet's books are marvelous--funny and illustrated with great spirit and verve, and this book is no exception!
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My brother loved this as a child. It's stood up to the test of time, though is still above my 4 year old's head. Glad we have it though as I'm sure she will love when she's a bit older.
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By Metlen on December 19, 2012
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I loved Bill Peet as a child, and so bought most of his collection for my daughter. She ignores most of her other books. These are her favorites!
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More 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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