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Hole Is to Dig, A Paperback – September 7, 1989

4.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

First published in 1952, this hilarious classic is now available in paperback to a new generation. Krauss's definitions--from "toes are to wiggle" to "a hat is to wear on a train"--tell what's what--and Sendak's inimitable early illustrations show how. All ages.
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"A unique book . . . with drawings bouncing with action and good humor." -- --NYT
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl; Reprint edition (September 7, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006443205X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064432054
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is a terrific classic -- a listing of definitions, "laws" if you will, that are really almost self-evident in childhood. Each page contains a collection of drawings that illustrate the definition of something. The illustrations tend to show the early Sendak style, but in this book, there is essentially no overwhelming background -- each boy or girl or dog is illustrated in black and white (or beige). Each picture is self-contained, but there is some flow to the text on certain pages.
It's difficult to describe this book, but there is really a separate level for adults in these definitions that makes this an enjoyable read for parent and child. For the adult, this book evokes the simplest play of childhood and a return to certain basic principles that were probably totally accepted and later forgotten. I don't know why, but this is an overlooked classic. I can't think of another book like this.
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Format: Hardcover
Or maybe it's me that picks out the book over and over at bedtime. I was really touched the other day when my 5-year-old son helped my 3-year-old son zip his jacket, looked at me and said "a brother is to help." A great book that everyone should read.
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I was looking for something to send to my 4-year-old grandson and discovered this wonderful book that his father, now 44, loved when he was little. It is a complete delight, both for kids and the adults that have to read it (and read it, and read it...) to them. I still happily remember some of the definitions, these many years later. The text was written by children and the Maurice Sendak illustrations are priceless. This is one for the ages -- a real classic.
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Format: Hardcover
I stumbled on an old copy in a used book store and bought it for myself (I'm 43!). It made me smile out loud as I stood reading it in the aisle. The illustrations and text are sweet and engaging... an example of what every book written for a young child (or young-at-heart adult) should be. I'd give this book more stars if they were available...
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By A Customer on July 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My mother told me about this delightful little book, one of her favorites from childhood. It makes note of things I might have thought myself as a child, and mixes in wonderful details like the sound "boodly boodly boodly!". Excellent reading for a child of any age, even those who are only inner children anymore!
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By A Customer on January 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
My girlfriend got this book as a Christmas present, and I picked it up and read it. We don't know why it isn't listed with the zen books! Simple, profound truths about the world we live in: dishes are to do.
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I bought this book after a glowing recommendation in Honey For a Child's Heart. To say it did not disappoint is the understatement of the century. This book is so cute, as soon as I got it, I checked to see if there were any more used copies available for the price I got mine. Alas, none were available, so now I have to just be thankful for the one that I got at an awesome price rather than buying one for every child I know.
Buy it. Buy it. Buy it.
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this is one serious little book. i think it's too nuanced for my three year old to appreciate, but i love krauss's liberties with language and sentence structure. the pictures are the perfect complement.
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