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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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CYRANO THE CROW by Don Freeman
Released: Aug. 15, 1960

"Don Freeman acknowledges the role television plays in the child's life and uses it as a device from which to spring his whimsical fantasy."
First there was Norman the Doorman, then the Space Witch and now Don Freeman conjures up another creature, Cyrano, as magical and beguiling as his predecessors. Read full book review >

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A POCKET FOR CORDUROY by Don Freeman
Released: March 6, 1978

"Children who appreciate Corduroy—and know their way around a laundromat—will be acritically pleased, as they should be."
The overall-clad stuffed bear who in Corduroy (1968) was unmistakably in need of a shoulder-strap button is put in the position here of overhearing about pockets—the lack of which he hasn't noticed in the absence of a need. Read full book review >

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BOTTS THE NAUGHTY OTTER by Don Freeman
Released: Sept. 23, 1963

"But black and white pictures are cartoonish to an undesirable degree; Coldness pervades which leaves Botts a bug-eyed, characterless bundle of wet fur."
That happens when busy beavers drop their work and try to frolic like otters and one otter is forced to take over the tiring work of beavers could have tickled young onlookers. 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 >

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DANDELION by Don Freeman
illustrated by Don Freeman
Released: Sept. 4, 1964

"The action of the words is shown in the pictures,- pleasant cartoons."
Here's a good natured example of why it's always best to be yourself. Read full book review >

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FOREVER LAUGHTER by Don Freeman
Released: March 30, 1970

"Funny enough if you'll settle for a story in facial expressions."
Most of the humor is in the unaccompanied pictures—and unaccompanied pictures are not the usual choice of children old enough to enjoy the joke. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKI PUP by Don Freeman
illustrated by Don Freeman
Released: March 15, 1963

"This tale does not live up to some of the author's earlier works, such as Fly High, Fly Low (1957)."
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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >