Item description for Bedtime for Frances (Trophy Picture Books) by Russell Hoban & Garth Williams...
Overview Frances, the little badger, thinks of a variety of ways to keep from having to go to bed
Publishers Description Famed for her many adventures, Frances made her debut with this title over thirty years ago. In this first Frances book, the little badger adroitly delays her bedtime with requests for kisses and milk, and concerns over tigers and giants and things going bump in the night. Long a favorite for the gentle humor of its familiar going to bed ritual, Bedtime for Frances is at last available with the warmth of full color enriching Garth Williams's original nuanced and touching art. 'Here is the coziest, most beguiling bedtime story in many a day.'--Kirkus Reviews (pointer).
Citations And Professional Reviews Bedtime for Frances (Trophy Picture Books) by Russell Hoban & Garth Williams has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1358
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1995 page 31
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 616
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 896
New Yorker (The) - 10/19/2009 page 84
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 8.14" Height: 0.13" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1995
Grade Level Grade 1
Series Learning Language Arts Through Literature
ISBN 0064434516 ISBN13 9780064434515 UPC 046594004956
Availability 0 units.
More About Russell Hoban & Garth Williams
Russell Hoban (b. 1925) is the author of more than seventy books for children and adults. He grew up in Pennsylvania with two sisters (one of whom, Tana Hoban, became a noted photographer and children's book author) and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, where he met his future wife and collaborator Lillian Aberman. Hoban worked as a commercial artist and advertising copywriter before embarking on a career as a children's author while in his early thirties. Soon the Hobans were collaborating on books, Russell writing the text and Lillian drawing the pictures. During the 1960s the couple worked at a prodigious rate, producing as many as six books in a single year--many inspired by life with their own four children--including six stories about Frances the badger, The Little Brute Family, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, and The Mouse and His Child. Russell Hoban's other books for young readers include The Marzipan Pig, Trouble on Thunder Mountain, and two books about Captain Najork (illustrated by Quentin Blake). Among Hoban's novels for adults are Turtle Diary, Riddley Walker, The Bat Tattoo, and most recently, My Tango with Barbara Strozzi. Hoban has lived in London since 1968. Lillian Hoban (1925-1988) was born and raised in Philadelphia. She became interested in drawing at a young age, taking classes at the Graphic Sketch Club before going on to the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. After their marriage, Russell and Lillian Hoban moved to New York City, where Lillian studied modern dance and later became a member of Martha Graham's troupe. In 1961 she provided illustrations for Russell's Herman the Loser, eventually illustrating or co-writing twenty-six books with him and illustrating nearly one hundred more for other writers, including several by her daughters Phoebe and Julia. In later years, Lillian was celebrated for her stories of Arthur the chimpanzee and his sister Violet, as well as for dozens of other books she wrote and illustrated. She lived in New York City and Wilton, Connecticut, until her death in 1988.
Russell Hoban currently resides in London. Russell Hoban was born in 1925.
Reviews - What do customers think about Bedtime for Frances (Trophy Picture Books)?
great children's story May 2, 2008
I remember my mother reading Frances books to me when I was little, and I couldn't wait to read them to my daughter. The Frances books are wonderful children's stories.
Great Book! Apr 25, 2008
I loved this book when I was little and now my son loves it too. I was amazed at the negative comments regarding this book because of the spanking. It doesn't give my son nightmares - it's just a story and if anything it helps him realize that those noises he hears at night have reasonable explanations. I don't spank him - he equates that part with a time out but he does understand about spanking (there are many who still believe in spanking). A lot of literature has things that some consider undesirable - as a parent you don't hide those things but enjoy the art and explain anything that might be confusing to the child.
2nd generation loves Francis too! Dec 16, 2007
I loved this book so much as a child that I (shame, shame) did not return it to the library! My old, stolen copy is almost falling apart so it was time to get another. I love the old illustrations. They are not bright and colorful but my daugther still enjoys them. As an adult raised on spankings as my primary form of punishment, I don't plan on handing that down to my daughter. I don't, however, have any problem with the spanking reference in this book. It is during a really cute dialog between Francis and her father and I enjoy her logical humor. I also don't have a problem with this book showing a child a lot of excuses to get out of bed. Kid's can think those up without ever being exposed to this book. In my opinion it shows how children who aren't tired, can let their imagination run wild then realize there is nothing to be afraid of. Don't be afraid of this wonderful and timeless book. Buy it with "Bread and Jam for Francis."
Hate to say it.... Dec 15, 2007
but, I have to agree with the person who talked about the spanking in this book. It is a bit too much...also, afraid to encourage my child with new ways to avoid bedtime.
Still a classic Dec 8, 2007
I have no children as of yet, but I still love Bedtime for Frances. It's one of the books I memorized first when I was a toddler, and I can still quote it. I was surprised to find any negative reviews for it, but I guess that's the problem with not checking out books firsthand to see whether they're in line with your family beliefs.
To be honest, I'd probably have gotten a spanking if I kept waking my parents up every 10 minutes- having no consideration for your parents as fellow people is pretty naughty. I think this book really showed me for the first time that my parents needed sleep too, instead of having them awake or asleep whenever it was convenient for me. I suppose that wasn't the the lesson the book was trying to convey, but that's the lesson I learned at 2, and my parents were very grateful for it.
I can't wait to read this book to my own children, and to buy it for my nieces and nephews.