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From Publishers Weekly

Mama serves up "a sand and gravel porridge" and the family "snarls and grimaces" as they gobble it up; it's business as usual for the Brutes. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“A hilarious little study in human relations.” ―Kansas City Star

“For sheer good fun . . . The Little Brute Family ought to become a favorite in many households.” ―Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Lexile Measure: NC820L (What's this?)
  • Series: My Readers
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312563736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312563738
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 12, 2000
Format: Library Binding
Just like many others who've reviewed this book, I had it as a child and have been searching to find another copy for my children. This is the sweetest, purest kind of story telling that transcends generations and should never go out of print (as it has)! My children appreciate this lovely tale just as much as I did. If you are fortunate enough to find a copy, you will surely appreciate these two wonderful authors.
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How unfortunate that this book is out of print! My children loved this book. My husband and I loved this book and loved reading it aloud to our children. Now I want a copy for my grandchildren! In a delightful and humorous, uniquely Russell Hoban fashion, this book shows how kindness and love transform human relationships. The illustrations by Lillian Hoban are much loved by children and adults alike.
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This is a simple story in which the grumpy Brute familychanges from being cross and mean to each other to being friendly and doing things together. This transformation is effected without any preachiness - being nice and more sociable is simply more fun. The illustrations are wonderful. The Brutes don't look very brutish, with their furriness and soft colors, just bad tempered and adorably ugly. Mother Brute's messy beehive hairdo is about as scary-looking as it gets. If the badgers from A Bargain for Frances (same illustrator) had some distant feral relatives, they might look like the Brutes. It's a great book that I loved as a child, and that adults like also. The Stone Doll of Sister Brute is as good (better, actually), and Harvey's Hideout (by the same team) has a similar theme, but features muskrats. These books are also challenging to find. The Hobans' much reprinted Frances books are sweet, but the Brute family books are also wonderful creations, less mild and a lot funnier. They definitely deserve to be reprinted as well.
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By A Customer on April 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Please don't let future generations miss such a wonderful book. I hope the publisher hears this and reprints! It is a treasured memory from childhood that other children should not miss!
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By A Customer on December 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
Please bring back in print! Either paper or cloth! Libraries, Schools, Folks say "PLEASE!" The little brutes are needed NOW. Respectfully, Their Fans
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I also owned this book as a child, and have never forgotten it (especially when the little Brute children land headfirst in the snow and scream!). I now have an 18-month old daughter and would love to have the Brute Family to read to her. Please put it back into print!!
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By A Customer on December 16, 1999
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I also remember this book as one of my most favorite as a child. Now I am about to become a mom and would love nothing more than to share it with my son. Please reprint this book!
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How sad that this wonderful book is no longer in print. I read it to my nursery school classes and to my own children. Now that I have a grandchild, I would like for him to experience this book's message. Please ask the publisher to bring this book back to print!
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