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Comment: Ex-library book. The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting.
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Mop Top Paperback – December 14, 1978

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About the Author

Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.

Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.

He was introduced to the world of children’s literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"

Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear named Corduroy.

Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD620L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (December 14, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140503269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140503265
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California danceband. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.
Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident; he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.

He was introduced to the world of Childrens' Literature, when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"

Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear, named Corduroy.

Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.

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By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a wonderful book about a little boy who tries to avoid getting a haircut and ends up finding difficulties that are much worse. Our English babysitter read MOP TOP to my brothers when we were children over 30 years ago. It is still my brothers' all time favorite childrens book. My children have great memories of MOPTOP. Now I am sending it to my brand new nephew. MOP TOP is a boy children will want to hear about over and over again, and the story will become a treasured childhood memory.
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Format: Paperback
This was a favorite of mine from my own childhood and when I had children I got it for them and they loved it as well. Simple, sweet, funny and appealing...wonderful for the preschool/kindergarten set.

After reading this book my 3 year old son told his friend's mother that she could "mop a floor with that head" when she was showing off her new perm!

Delightful book!
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A Kid's Review on November 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I like the story because the little boy in the story had a mop for a head.Thay called him that because his hair looks bad. That sounded like me. I like the story a lot because the boy loved his mother very much to do this for her.
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I have loved this book since I was 5 and still have my treasured copy. The appeal for me was partly because of the title as the Beatles were nicknamed the Moptops.

Martin, nicknamed "Moptop" (can't get past that Beatle influence)! refuses to get a haircut. When sent to the local barbershop, the boy whose hair was longer than any Beatle and wasn't even brushed or styled (and theirs WAS), hides in a store behind a mop barrel. A woman with reading glasses reaches into the barrel, thinking she's getting a mop and instead, gets the boy!

Yowling with pain, the boy races off to the barbershop. While he's there, other things are being cut back as well -- the hedges; the newly mowed lawn; a dog was clipped as well as a tree. Too bad the boy didn't have his hair Beatle coiffed! While the boy looked better before the haircut, Beatle fans especially will appreciate this one!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was a gift for my niece's son. I read this 55 years ago. I was so happy to pass it along. Excellent reading
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A classic tale that helped my son overcome getting his haircut as it did my brother 30+ years ago.
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A Kid's Review on March 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
People called this boy, "Moppy" because his hair was orange and it looked like a mop! On the day before Moppy's birthday he HAD to get a haircut. On the way to the Barber Shop, he saw a dog. Moppy said, "You need a haircut, not me." Then, a man was mowing his lawn and said to Moppy, "Maybe your hair needs to be mowed.!" Then, another man was trimming his trees, he said to Moppy, "Maybe be your hair needs a trim!" Moppy ran to the Barber Shop, but when he turned the corner, he slowed down. He hid behind a barrel, an old lady accidentally grabbed his hair! This made Moppy feel unhappy. Do you think Moppy got a haircut?...Michelle G.
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One of my all-time favorite kids books. Perfect for any boy who doesn't look forward to getting a haircut. The illustrations are great, the rhyming is enjoyable, and the dated clothing is priceless. The mom is dressed in a long skirt and heels on an average day, and the boy wears a tie to his birthday party.
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