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Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town Hardcover – August 15, 2000
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Pages crammed with colorful, comical characters presenting words, concepts and a myriad of objects to inquisitive youngsters-the jaunty style of the late Scarry needs no introduction to his millions of fans. Treated here to a tour of the bustling burg of Busytown, readers glimpse the inner workings of its post office, service station, school and medical center (when Lowly Worm stretches to his full height on the scale, Dr. Lion observes, "Your weight is just about right for such a skinny fellow"). As office workers ply their various trades and merchants open their shops, the activity in this instructive metropolis never ends. A fitting encomium on Scarry's own work can be found at the Busytown Library, where the author/artist wryly observes, "There are all kinds of writers. The best writers write children's books." Enough said. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
RICHARD SCARRY is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors EVER! In his extraordinary career, Scarry illustrated over 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies around the world and are currently published in over twenty languages. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. Richard Scarry was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2012.
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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!
The Scarry books are a delight and toddlers will learn a little bit about many things.
The book is filled with scenes from a town that has LOTS of stuff going on (store fronts, traffic jams, construction, etc)
It is amazing how much detail he puts into his pictures and captions.
My son LOVES this book and I love his complex simplicity.
There is always something new to find on the pages each time we read it.
Definitely recommend to anyone that likes Richard Scarry or has kids that like to read picture books with Mommy or Daddy at night (or anytime really)
It is exactly as I remembered it: the full colors, the characters, the short descriptions...this is definitely a classic and a great book.
Now, bear in mind it was written a long time ago, so a few things are no longer used, but it's all part of the learning process, so it's all good.
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