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When Everybody Wore a Hat (Joanna Cotler Books)

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Publisher Comments:

< P> This is the story of when I was a boy, almost 100 years ago, when fire engines were pulled by horses, boys did not play with girls, kids went to libraries for books, there was no TV, you could see a movie for a nickel and everybody wore a hat.< /P> < P> < i> When Everybody Wore a Hat< /i> was one of celebrated author/artist William Steig's last gifts to the world of children's books: a portrait of the artist himself, told in Steig's signature quirky words and illustrations. Now in paperback, this funny, poignant, and revealing picture book has all the vitality and wit of a Steig classic. < /P> < P> Ages 2+< /P>

Review:

"With his customary mix of charm and directness, Steig (Which Would You Rather Be?) reflects on his Bronx childhood. For the most part, the author pictures events in his trademark ink-line and watercolor images, but readers will be struck by the opening photo of a boy in short pants, climbing a tree: 'In 1916, when I was eight years old, there were almost no electric lights, cars or telephones — and definitely no TV.' Steig remembers his immigrant parents arguing in 'German, Polish, Yiddish and English.... Who knows what they were saying? But we learned the important words.' In a discomfiting image, two of the four Steig children cower in the foreground while their parents yell back and forth. Later, in more tranquil times, the whole family goes rowing, and 'Pop' enjoys a cigar while listening to Caruso on the Victrola. Steig writes in short statements that give the impression of memories sparking to mind. He juxtaposes distant conflict with immediate danger: 'There was a big war going on over in Europe. It was World War I./ Prince was the janitor's dog. Kids were scared of him.' Throughout, his cramped, crabbed and emotive cartoons — as gruff as his voice — indicate the styles and street life of the early 20th century. Indeed, everyone from the burly moving guy to 'Mom's best friend' (a wide-eyed lady in a showy dress) wears a chapeau outdoors: 'There was no such thing as a hatless human being.' The engrossing book closes with a current photo and no syrupy aftertaste; as usual, Steig writes and draws concisely. His autobiography extends the unspoken mantra communicated in all of his books: less is more. He leaves it to readers to bring their own experience to bear in what he leaves unspoken (or undrawn) between the lines. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

When Everybody Wore a Hat (PB)

Synopsis:

As one of his final (and finest) gifts to children's literature, this critically acclaimed and beautifully rendered autobiography by the beloved creator of "Shrek" keeps Steig's voice alive for readers of today. Full color.

About the Author

William Steig's drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete's A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.William Steig's drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete's A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060097028
Author:
Steig, William
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
by William Steig
Author:
National Geographic Learning
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Bronx (new york, n.y.)
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Joanna Cotler Books
Publication Date:
20050426
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9 x 8 in 4.96 oz
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With his customary mix of charm and directness, Steig (Which Would You Rather Be?) reflects on his Bronx childhood. For the most part, the author pictures events in his trademark ink-line and watercolor images, but readers will be struck by the opening photo of a boy in short pants, climbing a tree: 'In 1916, when I was eight years old, there were almost no electric lights, cars or telephones — and definitely no TV.' Steig remembers his immigrant parents arguing in 'German, Polish, Yiddish and English.... Who knows what they were saying? But we learned the important words.' In a discomfiting image, two of the four Steig children cower in the foreground while their parents yell back and forth. Later, in more tranquil times, the whole family goes rowing, and 'Pop' enjoys a cigar while listening to Caruso on the Victrola. Steig writes in short statements that give the impression of memories sparking to mind. He juxtaposes distant conflict with immediate danger: 'There was a big war going on over in Europe. It was World War I./ Prince was the janitor's dog. Kids were scared of him.' Throughout, his cramped, crabbed and emotive cartoons — as gruff as his voice — indicate the styles and street life of the early 20th century. Indeed, everyone from the burly moving guy to 'Mom's best friend' (a wide-eyed lady in a showy dress) wears a chapeau outdoors: 'There was no such thing as a hatless human being.' The engrossing book closes with a current photo and no syrupy aftertaste; as usual, Steig writes and draws concisely. His autobiography extends the unspoken mantra communicated in all of his books: less is more. He leaves it to readers to bring their own experience to bear in what he leaves unspoken (or undrawn) between the lines. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , When Everybody Wore a Hat (PB)
"Synopsis" by , As one of his final (and finest) gifts to children's literature, this critically acclaimed and beautifully rendered autobiography by the beloved creator of "Shrek" keeps Steig's voice alive for readers of today. Full color.

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