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The Man Who Lost His Head
by Claire Huchet Bishop and Robert McCloskey


Overview - It's bad news when you wake up in the morning and find you've lost your head, especially if it's an especially agreeable and handsome head, but there you go, such things happen. In any case, the man who loses his head in The Man Who Lost His Head isn't about to grin (that is, if he could grin) and bear it.  Read more...

 
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Overview
It's bad news when you wake up in the morning and find you've lost your head, especially if it's an especially agreeable and handsome head, but there you go, such things happen. In any case, the man who loses his head in The Man Who Lost His Head isn't about to grin (that is, if he could grin) and bear it. No, he'll make himself a new one, and starting with a pumpkin and moving on to a parsnip and finally picking up a block of wood, he sets about getting it just right. Still, for all his efforts, it somehow isn't right. It isn't the head he had before. It turns out that only a brash bold boy can save the man who lost his head from losing it altogether.

Claire Huchet Bishop's charming parable is illustrated by the great Robert McCloskey, whose books for children include One Morning in Maine, Blueberries for Sal, and the Caldecott Medal-winning Make Way for Ducklings.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590173329
  • ISBN-10: 1590173325
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • Publish Date: November 2009
  • Page Count: 64
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 7.08 x 9.38 x 0.45 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.69 pounds

Series: New York Review Children's Collection

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 56.
  • Review Date: 2009-11-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Out of print for more than 25 years, Bishop and McCloskey's unusual story about—well, the title says it all—is back. Awakening sans his head, the man at the center of the tale tries to remember where he left it (“It is very hard once you have lost your head”), then ventures forth to try to find it, substituting a pumpkin, a parsnip, and finally a wooden facsimile in the meantime (helpful, yes; undeniably unsettling, too). The solution is as madcap as the rest of the story, which was originally published in 1942, but the prose and Caldecott winner McCloskey's deliciously crisp artwork are evergreen. Ages 4–8. (Dec.)

 
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