The Man Who Lost His Head

The Man Who Lost His Head 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 wh

  • Title: The Man Who Lost His Head
  • Author: Claire Huchet Bishop Robert McCloskey
  • ISBN: 9780670453498
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 mIt 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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    1. Recently my library put together a display highlighting classic children's books. I brought home a few of them to share with my children, including The Man Who Lost His Head by Claire Huchet Bishop.The illustrations are what make this book. They were done by the artist who did the pictures for Make Way For Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal and Homer Price among others.A man wakes up the day after a trip to the county fair to find his head missing. His last memory is of the fair and he figures he ha [...]

    2. I remember this book from my childhood. McClosky's illustrations are fantastic and the story, while a little strange, still resonates with me. My daughter loves it now and I have found her nestled away looking at it every since I brought it home. There is something about it that just appeals to kids.

    3. A book I read long time ago and just found it again. Read it to my nephew and he like it. It's a cute book.

    4. This was a delightful trip from my childhood and when I got my hands on another copy, I was eager to share with my children. They did NOT take well to it. Thus is the mystery of childhood maintained as grownups struggle to remember and children stare uncomprehending at adults. Well, at least we agreed on Narnia.I think it was the dream sequence of it that put them off. The book doesn't even bother to explain this, which was purposeful in the least, and mischevious in the purpose. Well, it explai [...]

    5. This is an example of a book illustrated by someone other than the author. However, the illustrations seemed to agree with the story. The book was originally published in 1942 and all of the illustrations are in black and white. The characters are fairly realistic looking, have a lot of personality and interact frequently with each other. The pictures are placed in a lot of different ways in relation to the text. The book starts with the text on one side, the drawing on the other, but later in t [...]

    6. “The Man Who Lost His Head” is about just that, a man who loses his head. He spends the entire book looking for it. He tries to use other objects to replace his head (pumpkin, parsnip, even a carved wooden log) but none of these does the job of his real head. He then stumbles across a boy who is understanding and seems willing to help him find his head. They boy punches him in the face and he wakes up to realize it was all just a dream. This book was entirely too long for children, I found m [...]

    7. Finally re-claimed this piece of my childhood with this restored edition of one of my favorite storybooks. It's an absolutely twisted, off-the-wall fairy tale from 1942 with amazing old-school illustrations by Robert McCloskey. My dad used to read this to me when I was a kid, and there were two illustrations in particular which I thought were really funny, so my dad had them photocopied and blown up to put on my bedroom wall. Then I became scared of them and wouldn't go into my room unless they [...]

    8. The edition I read was a reprint by the New York Review Children's Collection. Now, I love to see great out-of-print children's books reprinted, but this one wasn't great. While I enjoyed Robert McCloskey's illustrations, the story was, in my opinion, just plain stupid. Not even the Boy's "magic" at the end made sense, except in the ending as the typical nonsense found in a dream. I don't think this was one of Bishop's best books. Recommended only for McCloskey's wonderful illustrations.

    9. I remember at age seven being freaked out by this story of a guy trying on various different head replacements before regaining his own. It was probably the illustrations that did it, more than the storyline. It's a book that I'm pretty curious to re-read after so many years. Maybe not my favorite Robert McCloskey book, but he is a classic childrens' book author/illustrator, and it's great to see NYRB reissuing it in their usual classy and attractive style.

    10. I remember being a little creeped out, but fascinated, by these Robert McCloskey illustrations as a kid. A man wakes up one morning and finds his head is gone. He replaces it temporarily with a pumpkin, a parsnip, and a wooden head he carves himself. I see that the New York Review imprint has reissued this in its children's collection, which is nice.

    11. I had to create a "weird" shelf for this one. I associate Robert McCloskey's pictures with wholesome America of the '40s/'50s; Bishop's eponymous plot casts a new light on the illustrations. Kids will wonder, as did I, how the man managed to do all those carvings without having eyes. As with many NYRB classic children's books, this may appeal more to adults than kids (?)

    12. I could've sworn I'd read this as a wee lad, but I would've remembered this masterpiece! What a joy. the story, and especially the harmony with the illustrations, make this a near-perfect kids' book. A kid could stare at these elaborately-detailed illustrations for a wide-eyed hour.

    13. I guess I'm confused why some books are re-printed. This book wasn't terrible. But it wasn't great. The illustrations weren't anything earth-shattering, and the story was fairly lame. Tricked by a PW review again!!

    14. This is an odd story! I'm not sure what to make of it. As a child, I was a fan of Bishop's stories, but I wonder what I would have thought of this one. I really liked McCloskey's illustrations; especially when the main character has a parsnip for a head.

    15. Robert McCloskey once again shows his amazing ability with pen and ink in the illustrations of this tale of a man in search of his head.

    16. *spoiler* I learned that having a dream finish your book isn't always a cop-out. Fun picture book with 50s style illustrations and repetition.

    17. bonus points for use of parsnips.Robert McCloskey can do no wrong, and this is a delightful story by Ms. Bishop to boot.

    18. A delightful find in Maine, home of Robert McCloskey. My children love it and learned some good two-nickel vocabulary words, but it's still a sweet, silly children's book.

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