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Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town Hardcover – August 15, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
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!!!
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!
This is a wonderful book. I would always look for lowly worm, he's so much better than where's waldo.
The Scarry books are a delight and toddlers will learn a little bit about many things.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 3 year old is obsessed with these books. He can sit and read them for hours. They are always checked out at the library, so we had to get our own!Published 1 month ago by Mommy to C and C
Richard Scarry's books are classic. I bought this for my 2 year old grandson and he loves itPublished 5 months ago by sarah