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Product Details

  • Board book: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Big edition (August 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394873742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394873749
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The latest by the author-illustrator of consistent bestsellers is as tall as a toddler, the only two-foot book ever published in this country for children. Scarry packs countless, full-color pictures of his familiar characters on the wide pages, each perky creature identified by a short word or phrase. As a giant dictionary and amusement, the book is a can't-fail item for small boys and girls. It is strongly constructed and can stand up to years of use.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PRAISE FOR RICHARD SCARRY: 'A favourite of children for generations' Junior magazine 'Enchanting and inspiring' TES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER!
His books are always filled with fun, and always filled with fun pictures
which children can pour over again and again and again.
His books have sold many millions of copies around the world, and are
currently published in over twenty languages.
Richard Scarry was born in Boston, Massachussetts in 1919. He was
married to Patricia Scarry, also a children's writer. Their son Huck
carries-on Richard Scarry's work today.
Richard Scarry passed away at his home of Gstaad, Switzerland in 1994.
Whenever asked how old he was, he would always put up one hand and
laugh: " Five!" . And he was always right !

Customer Reviews

Every time we read together, my grandson chooses this book.
Ann
I am now buying this book as a gift for my nephew and several other Richard Scarry books for my son!
Amy
It is great for vocabulary building and just a fun way to get kids interested in books.
Caitlyn Hemman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

128 of 136 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I had the book when I was little (we called it Big Book). When I bought it for my son recently, I had the feeling that I remembered pages that weren't there: birds, flowers, buildings. I hunted up my old copy and sure enough, there were quite a few pages missing in the newer book. But nowhere in Joey's book does it say it's a revised edition! What's in the book is great, but I can't get rid of the feeling that we got gypped!
Another problem with the book is that it's not bound very well. All our Richard Scarry books seem to fall apart at the spine in very short order. It's true we read them constantly, but we read other books as often, and they don't fall apart as quickly.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Galligar Chance on April 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
RICHARD SCARRY'S BEST WORD BOOK EVER is just that, the best word book ever for young children. Hundreds of words used in everyday langauge are represented in this fun, first dictionary.
Scarry's Busy Town characters introduce chidren to the world of words. Each page is dedicated to a different category of words such as "Tools", "At The Playground", and "At The Supermarket". Also included are the ABC's, number words, and words for parts of the human body.
Oprah Winfrey recently chose this book as one of the books she would recommend for children learning to read. I think this book is essential for every child's library. It is Terrific!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By B Mistele on May 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I think I could highly recommend all of Richard Scarry's books, but this is a one of the classics. This is the book I most identify with Richard Scarry. A large book with loads of things on every page - all with the word underneath. In addition, the cover has numbers to 20 and the letters of the alphabet all with the appropriate corresponding items. This more than anything taught my son not only how to count but what numbers actually mean. I am now buying our second copy; our first is missing it's cover and is torn on many pages. My son is almost 4 years old and has been "reading" this book since he was 9 months old (to himself)! Both he and my husband are big Richard Scarry fans and have converted me. I am buying this book again to begin teaching my son to read.
I highly recommend this book for children from babies to early school age. I don't know a child in my family who doesn't love it!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever was a favorite in our family when we were growing up in the 1970's. I bought a new book to share with my one-year-old daughter and it has become one of her favorites. She will page through the book on her own, pointing at different objects in the book and naming them.
My big complaint is that the editors have made extensive changes to the original book. Not only are many pages missing, but there has been a great effort to change artwork and characters in deference to political correctness. Where I thought many of the original characters could be thought to be either male or female, the editors have decided that there were not enough characters that were obviously female, so they have gone back and stuck bows on their heads. It seems they fear that kids will think that women can't work in construction unless they depict a bear with a bow stuck to her head driving a roller. While I believe that little girls can dream of doing any of these occupations, I don't think you need a bow in your hair to be female and I don't think you need to mess with the author's original classic illustrations.
Of course, my daughter is not comparing the book to a previous superior version; she just loves it as it is.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Caitlyn Hemman on November 11, 2002
Format: Board book
This is the greatest book! I have taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and have always had this book in my classroom. It is great for vocabulary building and just a fun way to get kids interested in books. My students of all ages gave it lots of wear, and it is still in good shape for my son to enjoy. He is now 18 months and ever since he was about 9 months has loved to sit on it and pat the pictures and now he is starting to name different things. It's really unique because of it's giant size (about 1.5'X2') and thick cardboard pages. I think it is well worth the price for the amout of enjoyment and wear you will get out of it! What a great gift too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The book lived up to my expectations in terms of content: lots of lovely illustrations and ideas. My two year old daughter adores the book. I have to agree with the review I read as regards binding. We have only had the book for about 4 weeks and the pages have come away from the spine - this is simply not good enough.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kellie on August 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My son is in love with this book. My 2 year old is actually using my copy of the book (26th printing, 1979) but this book really stands the test of time. He has learned so many words with the aid of Richard Scarry, his most recent being 'fire truck'. Colorful pictures capture and hold his interest and the array of subject matter in the book is incredible: At the supermarket, various seasons and holidays, shapes and sizes, in the flower garden, clean-up time and so much more. Childhood would not be the same without Richard Scarry. No child should be without this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 1999
Format: Board book
If I could give this book a Ten star rating, I would. My son received this as a gift for his first birthday. He has spent hours pouring over the pictures. At first he would crawl on top of it, now he places it upright on the floor and reads it. Each page has a different theme i.e. home, airport, town. It is true to Scarry's style and has each word next to the picture. My son is two and half and adores the big book. My seven month old loves it too. We are about to invest in a second one as it is very well loved.
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