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The Big Green Book Paperback – April 30, 1990

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"Fantasy value here for power-hungry young imaginations. Maurice Sendak's delightful pictures add a winning note of gaiety" Kirkus Review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Aladdin Books; FIRST EDITION edition (April 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689714025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689714023
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROBERT GRAVES (1895-1985) was an English poet, translator, and novelist, one of the leading English men of letters in the twentieth century. He fought in World War I and won international acclaim in 1929 with the publication of his memoir of the First World War, Good-bye to All That. After the war, he was granted a classical scholarship at Oxford and subsequently went to Egypt as the first professor of English at the University of Cairo. He is most noted for his series of novels about the Roman emperor Claudius and his works on mythology, such as The White Goddess.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pippin O' Rohan on October 13, 2011
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If ever you are in need of a smile, this short children's book by Robert Graves and wonderful illustrations by Maurice Sendak will do the trick. The text is cleverly simplistic and elegant, and the amusing pictures tell it all. When Jack, an unhappy orphaned boy left in the custody of a rather dim aunt and uncle, discovers a large dusty book in the attic, he is able to redress the situation on the home front as well as curing the family dog of a dubious habit by means of a few wise and funny wishes. The last one he makes is bound to make everybody laugh with appreciation. An original and great book for people of all ages who want to grow up to be a kid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Korinthos Kackis on September 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am 45 and I got this book (in german: das grüne Buch) as a gift when I was seven. I never forgot it. Once, when I was in 3rd grade, I took it to school and our (mathematics) teacher read it out loud during class. The teacher himself was touched by the book and came to me, and assured that it was a very fine book.

I appreciate both artists, Graves and Sendak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2000
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Wish this book would be reprinted! I can't believe it's no longer available. Anything with illustrations by Maurice Sendak is great. It is suspenseful, with sly humor. I read it to many classrooms and kids loved it. Bring it back.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "bookphile" on January 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is truly a wonderful book. I notice it is being reprinted in Spanish, but not in English. Publishers take note and bring this charming book back!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is on of the all-time classic children's books. Graves incorporates the same sense of humor and irony in this story that make his Claudius books so fun to read. The book is a big green book about a big green book, and both the real book and the fictional one contain magic of the best kind. With wonderful illustrations by Sendak, this book should not be out of print. I suggest a firm letter writing campaign to the publisher, and if this doesn't work, perhaps a huge, nationwide sit down strike!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book about an orphan who finds a magical book in his attic. He tries a magic trick from the book which turns him in to an old man. One day he went outside and when his aunt and uncle came from a walk with his dog they couldn't find the boy. This is how the book begins and continues through all kinds of interesting and exciting adventures
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My daughter received this book as a present when she was about 10 years old. Somehow we lost it in a move. She is now 40 and still talks about it. I have tried to find it through our local booksellers, but no one had it on any list, so I was pleased to find it listed by Amazon.
Let's start a letter-writing campaign!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I too had this when I was a kid, and re-read it so many times that it fell apart. There was something about the wit and charm of both story and illustrations that was just adult enough to make me feel sophisticated that I could get it, but childish enough to be endlessly appealing. BRING IT BACK, please!
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