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BOOK REVIEW

CORDUROY by Don Freeman
by Don Freeman, illustrated by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1968

"Corduroy and Lisa break the spell by talking to each other but otherwise it's the sort of predicament that children recognize, made more poignant by the plea in Corduroy's eyes."
A bear missing a button looks shopworn, so Corduroy sets out after the department store closes to find his. Read full book review >

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THE CHALK BOX STORY by Don Freeman
Released: Oct. 30, 1976

"Thus the story grows on you, as you read it."
This nicely understressed demonstration of creativity in process begins with a box of colored chalk and a blank sheet of paper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NORMAN THE DOORMAN by Don Freeman
Released: April 10, 1959

"And the world of art lovers, exhibit openings, and mousedom, portrayed in Don Freeman's delicious pastels, will enchant children and delight the most sophisticated of parents."
Norman is a doorman. Read full book review >

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CHUGGY AND THE BLUE CABOOSE by Don Freeman
Released: April 1, 1951

"We were not able to see the illustrations which are in full color, but the story contains enough happy nonsense to please, and there's a happy ending when Chuggy, the old engine, rescues a streamliner from a snow bank, and the lonely blue caboose is called to the colors once more."
An old-fashioned engine, a blue circus caboose, and a snowbound streamliner — all coupled together for a gay train tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEARYMORE by Don Freeman
Released: Oct. 18, 1976

"And nightshirt-clad Bearymore, dripping wet and grinning away after the sheer force of his idea has knocked him from the clothesline into a puddle, is a sight to applaud."
You'll like Bearymore, the unicycling circus bear, even though his problem—working up a new act before next season—is as old hat as the ringmaster says his performance is, and the not so novel solution, riding his unicycle on a tightrope, presents itself in a most contrived and unlikely manner: Waking from. his winter's sleep on a rainy April day, Bearymore notices his cycle hitched to the telephone/laundry pole, and so as not to get wet himself he travels across the clothesline to fetch it inside. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GUARD MOUSE by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1967

"The sea change has softened Mr. Freeman's palette and sharpened his pen, and the result is jolly good."
Clyde, a conscientious mouse, wears the uniform of a guard at Buckingham Palace and patrols the small openings along the walls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INSPECTOR PECKIT by Don Freeman
Released: Aug. 27, 1972

"Though it's not a case to inspire Maigret, this feathered Clouzot with his blase facade and bungling good intentions is nicely at home in the soft blue sketches of familiar Paris scenes."
Another of Mr. Freeman's pigeons flying high and low, a bereted and eager Peckit ("at your beck and call") flits from the rooftops of Paris, through the Luxembourg Gardens, to an awning at a sidewalk cafe — all in search of a little girl's lost knit bag. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MANUELO THE PLAYING MANTIS by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Stories about string instruments are hard to find (just like the praying mantis)—and Manuelo deserves a chance to be heard. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This musically themed offering is from the estate of the late Freeman, with a few watercolor illustrations completed by another artist using Freeman's sketches. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREGORY’S SHADOW by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"There aren't many successful picture books about either Groundhog Day or shadows in general, so larger public- and school-library collections will want to give Gregory (and Shadow) a home next to Corduroy, Dandelion, and Beady Bear. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Freeman's talents in Corduroy (1968) earned his beloved bear a permanent place on the shelf of favorite storytime characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODWIN THE GOAT by Don Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Definitely a work in progress—particularly next to the painterly chaos in David Wiesner's Art & Max (2010) and Karen Beaumont and David Catrow's I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (2005). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A never-before-published tidbit from the archives of Corduroy's creator, featuring a goat that gets into an artist's paint box. Read full book review >

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EARL THE SQUIRREL by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Preschoolers will love Earl's stumbling-but-steady journey towards independence, as nothing tastes as sweet as the first acorn a child procures on his or her own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From unnamed origins springs a wonderful, never-before-published book by Freeman, creator of Corduroy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEADY BEAR by Don Freeman
Released: Sept. 3, 1954

"A happy comment on the overly adventurous, with especially humorous block prints by the author."
Beady's a rare toy bear owned by appreciative Thayer, but one night he's all wound up, gets his bearings and goes out to live in a cave. Read full book review >