This classic has been rejacketed and given fresh illustrations (by Peter Cottrill) to tie in with a forthcoming BBC adaptation starring Mackenzie Crook and Zoë Wanamaker.
This volume (from NYRB Kids) collects together nine years of Lucretia P. Hale’s comedic vignettes.
Considered a classic of American children’s literature and a masterpiece of deadpan drollery.
Lucretia Hale (1820-1900) wrote widely for the American magazine market. The Peterkins are a Bostonian family of quite Bostonian devoted to self-improvement and aspirations. The sketches humorously portray a variety of difficulties arising from their naïveté. Each time the family is rescued from disaster by the common sense of the Lady from Philadelphia.
Good for dipping into.
Illustrated with lush, detailed drawings and accompanied by droll, lightly absurd imitations of marketing copy, each of Beisner’s toys will have children and adults inspired to imagine eccentric creations of their own.
In September 2014, the American poet and writer Matthea Harvey, born in Germany in 1973 but raised in England, named Beisner’s Fantastic Toys as the earliest inspiration for her own artistic development. Asked which book to read to understand Harvey’s lyrical work, she answered: “Fantastic Toys, by Monika Beisner. A book I read over and over again as a child. It features such wonders as a heated sheep toboggan and winged jumping boots. Four years ago, I discovered the reason we had that magical book – my mother had gone to elementary school with Monika. For me, it was as if she’d gone to school with Marilyn Monroe and never mentioned it.”
Published in the New York Review Children’s Collection.
This NYRB (New York Review Books) edition collects all three titles of the author’s well-regarded fantasy trilogy: Sailing To Cythera , The Island of the Grass King  and Uncle Terrible .
Willard won the 1982 Newbery Medal for A Visit to William Blake’s Inn.
Ted Hughes wrote a series of stories for children from the early 1960s through until 1995 about how the world, and the creatures in it, came into being. They are collected here in one volume for the first time. These are richly told tales of sparkling intensity about animals finding their form, and God’s struggle to understand what he has created.
Originally published (France 1998) for young adults, Piero traces the lives of two boys through awkward schoolyard encounters, burgeoning sexuality and a lot of drawing. It’s a bittersweet tale ranking amongst the very best in Baudoin’s powerful oeuvre. Translated into English for the first time.
The Island of Horses, first published in 1956, showcases Dillon’s characteristically economic style and imaginative renderings of coastal Irish life.
“Dillon paints a vivid portrait of the harsh life on these remote islands; the reader can smell the peat fires and feel the lash of winds off the Atlantic…” Horn Book Magazine
Dubbed an American Wind In The Willows this eccentric tale of a wise old lobster’s exploration of new lands was first published in the 1930s.
This reissue by the New York Books imprint comprises two titles in one: The Curious Lobster  and its sequel The Curious Lobster’s Island 
The books’ illustrations are by Marion Freeman Wakeman.
Originally published in 2005, now produced in a handsome new gift edition with textured board covers.
A picture book modern classic.
The third of Maria Kalman’s Max Stravinsky books to be published in the New York Review’s Children’s Collection. The book was first published in 1991. Since the Max books were originally published Kalman has become widely known for her New Yorker covers, for a collection of newspaper columns from the New York Times and for ehibits at museums and art galleries.
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