What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry

What Do People Do All Day?

Written by Richard Scarry
Illustrated by Richard Scarry

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 | Take a trip to Busytown! Not surprisingly, everyone has a job to do and what a lot of different kinds of jobs there are! Within this hugely enjoyable book there are a number of short stories about different kinds of work starting with ‘Mother’s work is never done’ which shows a very busy pig family and ends with a broken bed! One of the nicest is a voyage on a ship which includes an appealing cross-section of all the activity on board a ship. The many jobs involved in building roads, running trains and working in a hospital are just some of the others also covered in this book which provides fun and information in words and pictures. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Richard Scarry's classic has been a favourite with children the world over for 50 years. Share the magic of Scarry's Busytown with this beautiful anniversary collector's edition.

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This book is a favourite of Simon Bartram, September 2010 Guest Editor: "This Richard Scarry book was etched into my memory at a very early age and I'm sure that, deep down, it has influenced my work to this day. I loved and still love the amazing attention to detail and the humour that pack the pages. Even though it was first published a long time ago and much has changed since, the likeable cats, bears and pigs continue to entertain and educate youngsters about the world around them. Personally I love the fire-fighting foxes and digger-driving mice."

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. They build houses, write, cook, sell newspapers: are policemen, firemen, hospital nurses, crane drivers, farmers, bakers. Full of fun as well as information.


What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry

This beautiful special edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of a beloved Scarry classic. Packed with things to spot on every page, What Do People Do All Day? is beautiful, fun and a favourite with children of all ages. Everyone is busy in Busytown - from train drivers to doctors, from mothers to sailors, in police stations and on fire engines. Follow lots of busy people working through their busy days! Captain Salty and his crew are getting ready to go on a voyage; Doctor Lion is busy at the hospital; Sergeant Murphy is working hard to keep things safe and peaceful; and engineers are building new roads. Packed full of activity and funny details to discover, this celebration of Busytown and its inhabitants will keep curious minds occupied for hours on end!

Perfect for ages 3 and up.



`A favourite of children for generations' - Junior magazine

`Enchanting and inspiring' - TES

`One of my favourite books for many years has been Cars and Trucks and Things That Go'- Paul Smith

About the Author

Richard Scarry

Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919 – April 30, 1994), last name pronounced like "scary", was an enormously popular children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of 300 million worldwide.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, where his parents ran a shop. The Scarry family enjoyed a comfortable life even during the time of the Great Depression. Following high school graduation, Scarry enrolled in a business college but soon dropped out, finding it not to his liking. He then studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he remained until being drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II.

Scarry's characters are almost always anthropomorphic animals. Occasionally this leads to the irony of portraying animals as farmers, tending livestock, including the infamous example of a pig portrayed as a butcher, selling ham and frankfurters behind a counter. Using animals in place of humans allowed Scarry to avoid giving the characters specific racial or ethnic traits, which may have helped broaden their appeal. His books have been popular with children throughout the world.

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64 pages
Interest Age: From 3 years


Richard Scarry
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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

8th March 2018




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