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Russell Hoban - Author

As a child

Russell Hoban was born in Pennsylvania, USA. His parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine; his father was the advertising manager of a Jewish newspaper as well as a dram guild director. Russell was thus exposed to the arts early on, and became interested in writing at an early age, winning prizes for his stories and poems during his school years.

As an adult

Russell served in the US Infantry during WWII. For a time he taught art in New York and Connecticut. He then worked as a freelance illustrator and an advertising copywriter. He began publishing children's books in 1958, and since then has published more than fifty. His picture book The Sea-Thing Child, illustrated by Patrick Benson, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Russell passed away at the age of 86 in 2011.

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Ace Dragon Ltd
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake's wonderfully airy and energetic illustrations perfectly match this quirky fantasy by that other master, Russell Hoban. A little boy called John accidentally finds a dragon beneath a manhole cover in a busy street. The passers-by take no notice...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Ace Dragon Ltd
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake's wonderfully airy and energetic illustrations perfectly match this quirky fantasy by that other master, Russell Hoban. A little boy called John accidentally finds a dragon beneath a manhole cover in a busy street. The passers-by take no notice...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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Jim's Lion
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Alexis Deacon
Russell Hoban's moving, unflinching tale of a boy who finds bravery during illness is dramatically reimagined in graphic-novel format with new art by Alexis Deacon.
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Format: Paperback | Released 20/03/2015
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Jim's Lion
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Alexis Deacon
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 A touching story about a boy in hospital, who dreams wild and extraordinary dreams as he faces a life-saving operation. Jim is in hospital. He's frightened. What if the doctors send him somewhere that he...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/06/2014
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How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Award-winning duo Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake are brilliantly witty in this sharply observed picture of the value of childhood pursuits. Orphaned Tom lives with his formidable aunt who takes no nonsense from anyone and serves perfectly disgusting food. Tom...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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A Near Thing for Captain Najork
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Tom is back for a second fooling-around adventure. When Tom, accompanied by his Aunt Bundlejoy, sets out on a jaunt in a jam-powered frog, Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen set out in hot pursuit in a pedal-powered snake. They...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2014
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The Rain Door
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Former Children's Laureate Quentin Blake team up for this hugely original weather-based fantasy. It's a hot, hot summer Thursday when Harry hears the rag-and-bone man calling out “Rainy numbers up. Any thunder up?” Not knowing what any of it might...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Monsters
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
John loves drawing monsters. Red monsters. Purple monsters. Spotted monsters. Furry monsters. Any kind of monster. And then he draws just a monster's tail. And that takes up four big pieces of paper….Can John control his monsters? Of course, the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/11/2013
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How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
A must-read for anyone who thinks that fooling about is a waste of time! Through the brilliant combination of Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake, the story celebrates all the skills that children learn on their own. Tom likes nothing more...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2013
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Rosie's Magic Horse
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
An enchanting and magical story richly illustrated by former Children's Laureate Quentin Blake. Rosie collects old ice lolly sticks. Without any lolly left what is the point? Luckily, the sticks themselves work out a reason and form themselves into a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2013
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Rosie's Magic Horse
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
ONE OF JULIA ECCLESHARE'S TOP 10 OF 2012 Children's Laureate Quentin Blake and best-selling author Russell Hoban have created an entrancing magical and lyrical fantasy that's perfect for anyone who can share the dream of a magical adventure. A discarded...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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Soonchild
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Alexis Deacon
Shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian children's fiction prize. Award winning Russell Hoban has written a lyrical story of magic and wonder that begs to be read and re-read as the mysterious story unravels. Deep, deep in the heart of the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2012
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The Mouse And His Child
Russell Hoban
So begins the story of a tin father and son who dance under a Christmas tree until they break the ancient clockwork rules and are themselves broken. Thrown away, then rescued from a dustbin and repaired by a tramp, they...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/08/2005
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