Rip Van Winkle's Return (Hardcover)

By Eric A. Kimmel, Leonard Everett Fisher (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374363086, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2007



Rip Van Winkle is an idler who would rather starve for a penny than work for a pound, and his wife is constantly nagging him. In search of peace, Rip heads off to the woods one day with his faithful dog, Wolf. High up in the Catskill Mountains, Rip meets an unusual group of little men. He drinks their strong beverage and falls into a deep sleep. When he awakens, he finds that twenty years have passed – the world has changed and so has he.
With vibrant paintings by Leonard Everett Fisher, Eric A. Kimmel’s adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic “Rip Van Winkle” introduces a Rip who reforms as a result of his experience. Rip Van Winkle's Return is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

ERIC A. KIMMEL and LEONARD EVERETT FISHER have collaborated on three previous titles: "Don Quixote and the Windmills," an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, "The Hero Beowulf," and "Blackbeard's Last Fight." The author lives in Portland, Oregon; the artist, in Westport, Connecticut.

Praise For Rip Van Winkle's Return

"Frequent collaborators Kimmel and Fisher take on an American literary treasure and make it accessible to young children. This unique version of the most famous return in literature deserves a place in the majority of collections, even those containing many of the dozen or so other picture-book renditions." --Booklist "Kimmel's lilting prose does the tale proud."  --Publishers Weekly "Fisher brings his dramatic painterly style to the large picture-book pages to enhance the read-aloud experience."--School Library Journal, April 2007