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Hook Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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“Adults and children alike will savor the process.” ―Christian Science Monitor

“A powerful blend of language,imagery and emotion.” ―Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Young's freely sketched figures, rendered in soft, evanescent strokes, not only tell the story but suggest ideas that transcend the simple yet vital events.” ―Starred, Horn Book

“Vibrant, minimal chalk drawings--hardly more than sketches, but glorious ones--utilize shifting perspectives to enhance the sky's imposing vastness . . . . Arresting and absorbing, this tale soars.” ―Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“This stirring story will remind readers of the Ugly Duckling, but its timeless message of determination reaches far past the fairytale genre.” ―Starred, Booklist

“Young's suggestive dusky views are by turns confusing, comical, and striking. Along with the minimal narrative, they leave space for readers to ponder and question. They offer nice opportunities for shared reading and, of course, special moments of recognition for readers familiar with Andersen's tale.” ―School Library Journal

About the Author

Caldecott Medalist Ed Young is the illustrator of over eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. He finds inspiration for his work in the philosophy of Chinese painting.

"A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words," explains Young. "They are complementary. There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe."

Born in Tientsin, China, Ed Young grew up in Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong. As a young man, he came to the United States on a student visa to study architecture but turned instead to his love of art.

Young began his career as a commercial artist in advertising and found himself looking for something more expansive, expressive, and timeless. He discovered all this, and more, in children's books.

The subject and style of each story provide Young with the initial inspiration for his art and with the motivation for design, sequence, and pace. Accuracy in research is essential to his work, too – whether he is illustrating fantasy, folk tale, or fact. According to Young, a strong foundation of credibility must be established in order to create new and exciting images. Through such images, he hopes to capture his readers and ultimately expand their awareness.

Young's quest for challenge and growth are central in his role as illustrator. "Before I am involved with a project I must be moved, and as I try something exciting, I grow. It is my purpose to stimulate growth in the reader as an active participant as well," Young explains. "I feel the story has to be exciting, and a moving experience for a child."

A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Young has since taught at the Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1990, his book Lon Po Po was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He has also received two Caldecott Honors – for The Emperor and the Kite and Seven Blind Mice – and was twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international recognition given to children's book authors and illustrators who have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.

Young lives in Westchester County, New York, with his two daughters. His recent books for Neal Porter Books / Roaring Brook Press include Twenty Heartbeats, written by Dennis Haseley, and Hook, published in Spring, 2009.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596433639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596433632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,828,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not a lot of text, but really clever illustrations. This really is a case of "less is more." I read it to my 6th graders as a lead-in to Rod Serlings "The Different Ones" because both are about being the odd-man out and have a really different tone. The illustrations reveal optical illusions that I didn't even notice until I projected the book onto a screen with my document camera. Big hit with the kids and allowed for comparative literature discussion. Win-win!
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Is there anything Ed Young can't illustrate? I know my kiddo and I are in for a great treat when I see his name on the cover. Tender, touching, triumphant. You and your little one will root for Hook as he grows and develops into the noble bird he was created to be..."for he wasn't meant for earth."
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Hook is a beautifully illustrated, sparsely written tale about an abandoned egg and the Native American boy that finds it. The hatchling - what a strange-looking chick - is raised along with chickens, but there's something strange about it. That hooked beak, those incredible claws... this bird was meant for something other than scratching at corn all day.

In less than 100 words (most not even made into complete sentences) - and evocative pastel illustrations - Ed Young manages to weave a complex, mysterious, and ultimately heart-warming tale. So much is left unsaid that this is the type of book that teachers or parents should read along with children, despite the very accessible vocabulary, but it is worth the effort. I recommend HOOK unreservedly.
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When a strange bird with a hook nose breaks forth from an egg, a mama hen knows that the new bird was meant for "a higher place." Pastel illustrations show the eaglet taking off from higher and higher flights, only to fall to the ground, until finally the eaglet spreads his wings over the great blue canyon. The eaglet takes off in the sky, leaving the earth below. This spare story with simple words and beautiful illustrations will appeal to children ages 3-6.
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This book is unique. The text is different and the illustrations are excellent. My son loves this book and he has memorized the text. A great book for children who love nature and animals.
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