This March 2008 post is long overdue for an update as, since the original post, it's been lovingly resurrected by the always awesome New York Review Children's Collection. I pulled it out last night to read to my son's best friend during dinner and I never EVER tire of surprising a child with this story for the first time. The way their eyes light up in disbelief. My son, still, after a hundred plus reads, gets whipped into a frenzy of awesome by the end. Classic.
It's definitely in my top five favorite children's books of all time. The drawings are so fabulous and detailed and quirky, that three years later, my husband and I still find new things on every read. I love Make Way for Ducklings, One Morning in Maine and Blueberries for Sal, but I'm of the personal belief that, as an artist, this one is McCloskey's masterpiece. So welcome to Update Friday, the day when I take an old post and dust it off and make it new again with all new scans and fancy commentary. For your viewing pleasure... here is The Man Who Lost His Head by Claire Huchet Bishop with pictures by Robert McCloskey; updated for a new decade from my ratty old ex-library addition. Have at it.
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