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Pages crammed with colorful, comical characters presenting words, concepts and a myriad of objects to inquisitive youngsters-the jaunty style of the late Scarry needs no introduction to his millions of fans. Treated here to a tour of the bustling burg of Busytown, readers glimpse the inner workings of its post office, service station, school and medical center (when Lowly Worm stretches to his full height on the scale, Dr. Lion observes, "Your weight is just about right for such a skinny fellow"). As office workers ply their various trades and merchants open their shops, the activity in this instructive metropolis never ends. A fitting encomium on Scarry's own work can be found at the Busytown Library, where the author/artist wryly observes, "There are all kinds of writers. The best writers write children's books." Enough said. Ages 3-8.
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About the Author

Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours pouring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. Whenever he was asked how old he was, Scarry would always put up one hand and laugh, saying, "five!"

In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated over 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies around the world, and are currently published in over twenty languages. Richard Scarry's son, Huck, carries on his
father's work today. Richard Scarry was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Illustrators in 2012.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307168034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307168030
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours poring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. For himself, whenever he was asked how old he was, Scarry would always put up one hand and laugh, saying, "five!"
In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated over 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies around the world, and are currently published in over twenty languages. Richard Scarry, Jr., also an illustrator, carries on his father's work today under the name of Huck Scarry. He was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Illustrators in 2012.

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151 of 154 people found the following review helpful By BostonMama on August 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The person who ranted about the anti-feminist leaning of the book must never have opened it! I've got it right here. On the hospital page, there are two doctors-- Dr. Lion is male and Dr. Rabbit is female. The only dentist (looking in Lowly Worm's mouth) is female. In the offices, there is a female writer, and a female banker. There is a female running the book store and another running the candy shop. The postal workers are equally male and female. On the "busy housekeepers" page, the page says that "everyone helps around the house" and shows men and women, boys and girls, cleaning the house. The woodworkers page shows men and women equally, as does the farmer page, the railroad workers page, the supermarket, the airport, and so on. The only pages that lean toward one sex are: the repairmen page (all male), the trucker page (all male) the firefighters page (all male, but come on... it shows them getting out of bed!), the school page (all female teachers).

This is such a great book, perfect for helping children learn words and about all the things around them in their town... it is a classic, and deserves to be. I hate to see its reputation spoiled by one reviewer, who posted twice, and clearly hasn't even looked at the book!!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hannah M. Vanderhart on September 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Disclaimer: my son adores Richard Scarry books for the detailed illustrations and interesting story lines.

Simply put, this is not Richard Scarry---it's Goldenbooks publishing under the estate of Richard Scarry. It's sneakily done, but check the inside jacket Library of Congress entry--no actual author listed.

What does this mean for the text? Lack of character names (Scarry ALWAYS named his characters!), simplified drawings, lack of narrative continuity and yes, as another reviewer mentioned, occasional mix ups of character animals AND names. I'm a bit peeved that Goldenbooks would sell this quality of book to kids who expect more stories like What People Do All Day or Huckle's Busiest Day Ever. It's like that scene in Elf, when the puppy is missing from the pages...

Stick to other editions of Richard Scarry, and double check the LOC author!
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87 of 109 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When I was a little girl in the 1980's this was my most favorite book. Today I have a B.S. in Physics with a math minor and a Masters in Physics. Guess all that gender sterotyping didn't work!
This is a wonderful book. I would always look for lowly worm, he's so much better than where's waldo.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By sarah glasser on September 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We got this book for my daughter because she loves "what do people do all day". Unfortunately, this is basically the same book but without the great complexity of the drawings and all the details. And Able Baker Charlie was a different species!

This may be good for a younger child, but my daughter had no problem with the original at 2 1/2. My advice is go get @What Do Oeople Do All Day" and skip this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Diane Sparkles on July 20, 2007
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I didn't realize from the description that this was the abbridged version, so I was disappointed when it arrived. The content of the book is great...it's just not all there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne R. Jones on February 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I had this book for my children when they were young and now have given several as gifts to friend's children. Great book to teach words to children. Can point and they can say word. The last two books were given to children learning English.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This was a cherished book of my childhood. A few years ago I was out looking for this book for myself. I discovered that the newer versions didn't have the story about a day in the life of Mr. Frumble. This was the highlight of the whole book for me. The one I had as a child has been lost. I figure the original had to be published somewhere between 1970 and 1985. If anyone has a way of getting a hold of this version I would be so thankful. My e-mail address is wjengr@flash.net.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Busy, Busy Town", "What Do People Do All Day", and "Cars and Trucks and Things That Go" are pretty much a complete pre-K Library all by themselves.

They are calm and gentle books. The characters are bright, energetic and cheerful. The stories are about activity, sharing, doing things, working and playing. The jokes are just right for little ones. There is no irony or condescension in the art or in the writing. And "Busy Town" is a great way for kids to be introduced to the world around them.

You know how people would make fun of Mr. Rogers, but moms and dads came to appreciate his calm, gentle and supportive influence. Well, that's sort of the feeling you get from Scarry's work. No showboating; no post-modern take; no grim in-your-face shots. Just energy and gracefulness. Lowly Worm is a fun little guy. Huckle is a solid kid. Adults are responsible and trustworthy. Things are neat and cool and exciting and fun, and sometimes a little silly.

Now, you probably don't really want a full time diet of Scarry, and edgy or zany or frantic can be fun in the mix too, but day in and day out and generation after generation, these books are solid. (And you know what? The Scarry VHS tapes and DVD's are as mellow as the books, and just seem to fascinate the kids.)
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