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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.


 

Featured books by Richard Scarry

Other books by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Farm

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Farm

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 03/09/2019

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Airport

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Airport

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 03/09/2019

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Boxed Set

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Boxed Set

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 03/09/2019

A Day at the Fire Station

A Day at the Fire Station

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2019

Filled with information about firefighters and Scarry's sense of fun, this book will delight young readers everywhere. Drippy and Sticky the decorators have come to paint the Busytown Fire Station. But with Smokey and the other brave firefighters rushing in and out to rescue people, there are quite a few wet paint mishaps!

Best Christmas Book Ever!

Best Christmas Book Ever!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2019

Join Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and all your favourite loveable haracters as they - and you - enjoy the best Christmas ever! A classic title from the bestselling and beloved Richard Scarry - the perfect Christmas gift for all ages. Busytown is getting ready for Christmas. Join Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm as they celebrate. Including festive stories, games and Christmas songs, this book is a true celebration of the Christmas spirit - and will give every reader a warm festive glow! Written and illustrated by the beloved and unique Richard Scarry, whose classic characters are loved and recognised the world over, this beautiful book is the perfect gift for children of any age and those who want to revel in the magic of their childhood!

Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Construction Site

Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Construction Site

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 21/05/2019

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Cars and Trucks

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Cars and Trucks

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 21/05/2019

Lowly Worm's ABC

Lowly Worm's ABC

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 20/09/2018

Learn your ABC from apple to car with Richard Scarry and Lowly Worm! Join Lowly Worm and learn your ABC with this brand-new, fun-packed book! Richard Scarry's busy world is brimming with colour and detail, and has been loved by children all over the world for more than 50 years. These delightful board books are perfect for small hands learning their alphabet for the first time.

Lowly Worm's 123

Lowly Worm's 123

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 20/09/2018

Learning your numbers is as easy as 1,2,3 with Richard Scarry and Lowly Worm! Join Lowly Worm and count your way through this brand-new, fun-packed book! Richard Scarry's busy world is brimming with colour and detail, and has been loved by children all over the world for more than 50 years. These delightful board books are perfect for small hands learning to count for the first time.

Richard Scarry's Best Little Word Book Ever!

Richard Scarry's Best Little Word Book Ever!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 17/09/2018

Richard Scarry's Box Full of Bunnies

Richard Scarry's Box Full of Bunnies

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2018

Richard Scarry's Naughty Bunny

Richard Scarry's Naughty Bunny

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/12/2017

Richard Scarry's The Animals of Farmer Jones

Richard Scarry's The Animals of Farmer Jones

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 29/12/2017

LGB Richard Scarry's Cars And Trucks

LGB Richard Scarry's Cars And Trucks

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2017

Richard Scarry's Vrooming, Zooming Stories

Richard Scarry's Vrooming, Zooming Stories

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2017

Richard Scarry's Busytown Treasury

Richard Scarry's Busytown Treasury

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2016

LGB Richard Scarry's Polite Elephant

LGB Richard Scarry's Polite Elephant

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2016

Richard Scarry's Funniest Storybook Ever!

Richard Scarry's Funniest Storybook Ever!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2016

Richard Scarry's Best Little Word Book Ever!

Richard Scarry's Best Little Word Book Ever!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2016

Richard Scarry's Books On The Go Board Books

Richard Scarry's Books On The Go Board Books

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 13/11/2015

What Do People Do All Day?

What Do People Do All Day?

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Now available in this beautiful hardback gift edition. Packed with things to spot on every page, this picture book classic 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. Another busy day in Busytown!

Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?

Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2015

Richard Scarry's Boats Board Book

Richard Scarry's Boats Board Book

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 24/07/2015

Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy World

Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy World

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2015

Richard Scarry's Smokey The Fireman Step Into Reading Lvl 2

Richard Scarry's Smokey The Fireman Step Into Reading Lvl 2

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2015

Richard Scarry's Just Right Word Book Board Book

Richard Scarry's Just Right Word Book Board Book

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 20/07/2015

Richard Scarry's Planes Board Book

Richard Scarry's Planes Board Book

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 20/07/2015

Richard Scarry's Cars Board Book

Richard Scarry's Cars Board Book

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 20/02/2015

Board Bk Richard Scarry's Trucks

Board Bk Richard Scarry's Trucks

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 19/02/2015

Richard Scarry's Postman Pig And His Busy Neighbors

Richard Scarry's Postman Pig And His Busy Neighbors

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2015

The Rooster Struts Board Book

The Rooster Struts Board Book

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 05/02/2015

Richard Scarry's Be Careful, Mr. Frumble! Step into Reading Lvl 2

Richard Scarry's Be Careful, Mr. Frumble! Step into Reading Lvl 2

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Paul Smith for Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go slipcased edition

Paul Smith for Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go slipcased edition

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2014

British designer, Paul Smith, has created a stunning new look for his favourite classic children's book, Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. This edition features a hardback copy of the book in a wonderful interactive slipcase. This beautiful edition of the book features new Paul Smith covers and packaging. Slide the book out of the slipcase to turn the traffic lights from red to amber to green and see the paintwork on the cars change. The book is a classic of children's story books, loved for 40 years. This edition will surely be a collector's item for many more years.

LGB Richard Scarry's Christmas Mice

LGB Richard Scarry's Christmas Mice

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2014

A Day at the Police Station

A Day at the Police Station

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Spend a day at the police station with Scarry favourite Sergeant Murphy and his daughter Bridget. Find out what a police officer does all day and enjoy the fun! Being a police officer is a very important job. In A Day at the Police Station, youngsters get an up-close look at police work, from solving crimes, to directing traffic, helping lost children and much more! Packed full of fun and with lots to spot on every page, this book is a delight.

Richard Scarry's Best Little Golden Books Ever!

Richard Scarry's Best Little Golden Books Ever!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2014

Busiest People Ever

Busiest People Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Take a trip to the world of Richard Scarry and find out about all the jobs people do. From the everyday to the not so obvious. Do you know who greets the new arrivals at a train station? Or carries the luggage onto a ship? Who saves the day when the train is going to crash? And who delivers the apples for Grandma's apple pie? Find the answers to these questions and more with the busy residents of Busytown.

A Day at the Airport

A Day at the Airport

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Discover what happens at the airport with Huckle and Sally Cat and Lowly Worm. Rudolf von Flugel picks the children up in his aeroplane-car and whisks them off to the airport for a day of sightseeing. Packed full of fun and with lots to spot on every page, this book is a high-flying delight.

Richard Scarry's Bunnies Board Book

Richard Scarry's Bunnies Board Book

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/02/2014

Richard Scarry's Nicky Goes To The Doctor (Richard Scarry)

Richard Scarry's Nicky Goes To The Doctor (Richard Scarry)

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2014

Richard Scarry's Best Nursery Tales Ever

Richard Scarry's Best Nursery Tales Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2014

Richard Scarry's Best Bunny Book Ever! (Richard Scarry)

Richard Scarry's Best Bunny Book Ever! (Richard Scarry)

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2014

Best Counting Book Ever

Best Counting Book Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Make learning to count easy and fun with this busy busy book from Richard Scarry! Join Willy Bunny and count your way from 1 to 100 with wonderful illustrations along the way. Willy practises counting all of the things he sees - from one bunny (himself!) to a hundred fireflies in the night sky. This wonderful book makes learning your numbers fun and easy. Full of humour and beautiful illustrations, this classic work really is the best counting book ever!

Best Lowly Worm Book Ever

Best Lowly Worm Book Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Newly unearthed! The first new Richard Scarry book for over 20 years features Lowly Worm and all your favourite Scarry characters! Drawn and written by Richard Scarry and completed by his son, Huck Scarry, this beautiful book is packed with charm, humour and delightful pictures. Including a day in the life of Lowly Worm, Lowly on the farm, cars and trucks, planes and trains, numbers and a fun where's Lowly section. Scarry fans young and old will adore this charming and beautiful book!

Best Word Book Ever

Best Word Book Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2013

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever with this wonderful, fun picture book edition. Join Kathy Bear, Kenny Bear and their Busytown friends to learn lots of everyday words. Illustrated in Scarry's signature style, the book is packed with hundreds of names for objects both familiar and new, grouped by subject, occasion and theme. From colours and numbers to fruit and vegetables to animals, vehicles and so much more, this is a beautifully entertaining way to expand a child's knowledge of the world.

Biggest Word Book Ever

Biggest Word Book Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 29/08/2013

This really is the biggest word book ever - it's as tall as a toddler and packed with fun! Each beautifully illustrated spread is packed with Scarry's charming animal creatures enjoying Busytown, carrying out a variety of jobs, riding in their cars and trucks, trains and planes and generally enjoying life. Each spread contains key words for the animals, objects, actions and more. Learning has never been so much fun. Books have never been so big!

Lowly Worm Meets the Early Bird

Lowly Worm Meets the Early Bird

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2013

Best First Book Ever

Best First Book Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm have fun learning about colours, counting, the alphabet, manners, shapes and sizes and much more. The Best First Book Ever helps children to become familiar with over 700 words. Each large, colourful illustration is packed with everyday objects and details, all clearly labelled. Those loveable Scarry characters introduce basic subjects: the alphabet, counting, shapes and sizes, parts of the body and more! Best of all, this book is fun! Like every Richard Scarry picture book it will provide hours and hours of educational entertainment!

Best First Book Ever

Best First Book Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Richard Scarry's Egg in the Hole

Richard Scarry's Egg in the Hole

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2012

Great Big Schoolhouse

Great Big Schoolhouse

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Join Huckle and Lowly, as they start term in the funniest school ever! Colourful, fun and very, very busy, this is a new paperback picture book edition of the much-loved classic Scarry adventure. This wonderful title from Richard Scarry helps to reassure children who are starting school and assists them in their ongoing learning - in the most interesting and enjoyable way possible. From A - Z and 1 - 10, through the seasons of the year and the colours of the rainbow, Miss Honey's schoolhouse is a very busy place indeed. Join Huckle and Lowly as they learn to tell the time, read stories about dragons and cause a little bit of chaos, in the best schoolhouse ever!

Richard Scarry's Great Big Mystery Book

Richard Scarry's Great Big Mystery Book

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

Richard Scarry's Great Big Mystery Book

Richard Scarry's Great Big Mystery Book

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

A great new edition of this classic Scarry title, with a beautiful, retro cover. Sam Cat and Dudley Pig are on the trail of a thief! The perfect gift for any child or Scarry collector, The Great Big Mystery book is a collection of Richard Scarry's mystery stories starring the loveable Sam and Dudley. Packed full with all the original artwork, this beautiful book will be treasured for years to come.

Planes and Rockets and Things That Fly

Planes and Rockets and Things That Fly

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

An amazing new Richard Scarry collection filled with hilarious stories about jet planes, rockets, spacecraft and other things that fly! It's the perfect partner to Cars and Trucks and Things that Go and set to be a new Scarry favourite. In this collection Huck takes flying lessons, we learn how planes and birds fly, the cat family goes to the air show, and Wolfgang Wolf, Benny Baboon and Harry Hyena take a trip to the moon in their own rocket! Packed with amazing Scarry detail and with stories that can be read again and again, this book will give hours of fun to fans of planes, rockets and flying!

Funniest Storybook Ever

Funniest Storybook Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2011

Welcome to the busy world of Richard Scarry! New in picture book format, every page is packed with pictures and zany stories, with lots of details to spot. There are fifteen fabulous Scarry stories in this hilarious book. Read how Rabbit gets stuck to the road, and how little Tanglefoot trips over everything in sight! With stories such as `The Talking Bread' and `Uncle Willie and the Pirates', there is enough action here to satisfy the most demanding reader.

Funniest Storybook Ever

Funniest Storybook Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2011

Best Bedtime Stories Ever

Best Bedtime Stories Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

A collection of Richard Scarry's best loved stories, gathered together in the perfect bedtime storybook. Now in picture book format. Join Huck and Lowly on their adventures around Busytown then drift off to sleep for adventures of your own! This fun book contains a collection of some of Richard Scarry's best loved stories, perfect for bedtime reading and is packed with Richard Scarry's wonderful, original artwork.

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2010

This festive classic from the one and only Richard Scarry is the perfect book for the run up to Christmas! Join Mr. Frumble as he decides to help out Santa, and spot many of your other favourite Scarry characters as Christmas in Busytown becomes the busiest one ever... Mr. Frumble is so full of Christmas cheer that he decides to go straight to the North Pole to offer Santa some help. And what a helper he is! When Santa mistakenly takes off on the night before the night before Christmas, it looks as if Christmas in Busytown may not be able to go ahead at all. But Santa Frumble can be trusted to save the day! A festive Christmas story written and illustrated by the beloved Richard Scarry with all his trademark busy, busy charm - perfect for entertaining little ones in the endless lead up to Christmas! Richard Scarry's classic characters are loved and recognised the world over, and this beautiful book is the perfect gift for children of any age and those who want to revel in the magic of their childhood!

Cars and Trucks and Things that Go

Cars and Trucks and Things that Go

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

Now in picturebook format! This is an amazing tour of everything that moves in the magical world of Richard Scarry. This children's classic is bursting with all kinds of fun vehicles from the magical world of Richard Scarry. From tractors to trucks, sports cars to unicycles, and fire engines to mouse beach buggies, there's lots to see and talk about on every page.

Little Golden Book Favorites By Ric

Little Golden Book Favorites By Ric

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2008

Funniest Storybook Ever

Funniest Storybook Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/12/2005

Welcome to the busy world of Richard Scarry! New in paperback and cd, every page is packed with pictures and zany stories, with lots of details to spot. There are fifteen fabulous Scarry stories in this action-packed book. Read how Rabbit gets stuck to the road, and how little Tanglefoot trips over everything in sight! With stories such as `The Talking Bread' and `Uncle Willie and the Pirates', there is enough action here to satisfy the most demanding reader.

The Worst Helper Ever

The Worst Helper Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2004

Best Storybook Ever!

Best Storybook Ever!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2004

LGB Good Night, Little Bear

LGB Good Night, Little Bear

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2003

Busy, Busy Town

Busy, Busy Town

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2000

Richard Scarry's Cars And Trucks

Richard Scarry's Cars And Trucks

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/1999

Richard Scarry's Watch Your Step, Mr. Rabbit!

Richard Scarry's Watch Your Step, Mr. Rabbit!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/1997

Best Picture Dictionary Ever

Best Picture Dictionary Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/1993

Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever

Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/1993

LGB The Best Little Word Book Ever!

LGB The Best Little Word Book Ever!

Author: Richard Scarry Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/1993

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