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Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919 â€“ 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.
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. 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. Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for March 2018 The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue King Coo by Adam Stower Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems) by Michael Morpurgo The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear by Margrete Lamond Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird What Do People Do All Day? (50th anniversary edition) by Richard Scarry Bird House by Libby Walden Bug Hotel by Libby Walden Alone Together by Clayton Junior The Lost Penguin by Claire Freedman 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."
A stunning hardback treasury of five of Richard Scarry's best-loved stories - the perfect gift for Scarry fans, young and old! Richard Scarry’s distinctive busy scenes and characters have been delighting children for generations and they look as fresh and appealing as ever in this handsome treasury. It contains five different storybooks, including absolute classics Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, Busiest People Ever and Best Lowly Worm Book Ever. The stories are lively but simple enough for learning and for newly independent readers while the carefully labelled pictures (newsagent, fork-lift truck operator, sandwich eater) will keep children entertained for hours as they pore over the illustrations to find all the little details. Andrea Reece
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.
Richard Scarry’s busy pages have delighted for generations – and do so still! Willy Bunny has no one to play with so, he starts counting instead. From 1 bunny, though 10 watermelons, 15 musicians, 20 cats, 30 school buses right up to 100 fireflies. Every page is a delight – and there’s loads of simple addition to show how numbers can go on being added together. Loads of fun – and useful too!