The Man Who Lost His Head (Hardcover)
NYR Children's Collection, 9781590173329, 64pp.
Publication Date: November 10, 2009
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.
About the Author
Robert McCloskey (1914–2003) was born in Ohio and moved east to study art in Boston and New York. He was awarded a prestigious Rome Prize, but World War II made it impossible for him to go to Rome. Renowned as a draftsman, McCloskey provided illustrations for a variety of authors and also wrote and illustrated eight books of his own, including Blueberries for Sal (1948), One Morning in Maine (1952), and the Caldecott Award–winning stories Make Way for Ducklings (1941) and Time of Wonder (1958). McCloskey’s last book, Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man, came out in 1963. In 2003, he died on the Maine island where he had lived with his family since the 1940s.
Praise For The Man Who Lost His Head…
"It’s always a pleasure when a book is rereleased, but it’s a particular pleasure when that same book has such an illustrious pedigree. The Bishop/McCloskey pairing didn’t happen very often, but we can sure be glad that it did with this hidden treasure.” —Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal
"Awakening sans his head, the man at the center of the tale tries to remember where he left it....The solution is as madcap as the rest of the story...but the prose and Caldecott winner McCloskey's deliciously crisp artwork are evergreen." --Publishers Weekly
"[Bishop] has contrived out of what seems to be an impossible situation an entirely diverting farce, beautifully turned in phrase with the kind of zany logic essential to good nonsense...Strongly drawn pictures cap the tale with comedy in good country style." --The New York Times