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Richard Scarry - Author

About the Author

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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Richard Scarry's Peasant Pig and the Terrible Dragon

Richard Scarry's Peasant Pig and the Terrible Dragon

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Richard Scarry's beloved Busylande meets the Middle Ages - and the result is a joyful reworked fairy tale starring knights on horseback, wandering minstrels, intrepid peasants, a beautiful princess and a frightening dragon! Busylande is a very busy, happy kingdom - until a roaring dragon kidnaps Princess Lily. Who will save her? The knights do try, but everything goes wrong. Now it's all up to Peasant Pig and Lowly Worm . . . but they've not faced a challenge like this - ever!

Richard Scarry's ABC Word Book

Richard Scarry's ABC Word Book

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Jump into Busy Town and learn your ABCs with Richard Scarry and his friends! Each double page spread is packed with words starting or finishing or including a specific letter of the alphabet. The letters are highlighted in bright pink to emphasise the learning point. It's busy and it's bright and it makes learning your alphabet fun.

Richard Scarry's The Adventures of Lowly Worm

Richard Scarry's The Adventures of Lowly Worm

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Lowly Worm is one of Richard Scarry's best loved characters, and the star of this lively collection of stories, in which he takes an unexpected ride on a hot-air balloon; helps Huckle find just the right gift for Mother Cat; rides the roller coaster at the fair and builds a castle at the beach. With everything from bike crashes to a big birthday surprise, these stories show exactly why Lowly is one special worm, loved the world over. Every page has something to delight over and discuss.

Richard Scarry's Best Busy Year Ever

Richard Scarry's Best Busy Year Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Scarry captures all the hustle and bustle of Busytown through a series of delightful, brightly illustrated stories. Flossie, Big Hilda, Mother Cat, Squeaky Mouse and a cast of Scarry's most popular characters are off to pick spring flowers, watch fireworks at the Pig family picnic, help the postman deliver letters, and celebrate holidays, family and friends. This is the perfect introduction to everyday grown-up life - ever!

Richard Scarry's Good Morning, Busytown!

Richard Scarry's Good Morning, Busytown!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 05/01/2021

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy People

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy People

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 05/01/2021

Richard Scarry's Busytown Seek and Find!

Richard Scarry's Busytown Seek and Find!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 09/07/2020

Richard Scarry's Rabbit and His Friends

Richard Scarry's Rabbit and His Friends

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2020

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