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Happy 75th anniversary, Make Way for Ducklings!

Make Way for Ducklings, by Nancy Schon

Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings doesn’t fly off the shelves in most places, as far as I know. It wasn’t a huge part of my Albany, New York childhood. It isn’t a flashy book, a colorful book, a rhyming book, or — let’s face it — a conveniently short book. Maybe most places don’t […]

Robert McCloskey at 100


Robert McCloskey was to the mid-twentieth-century American picture book what Norman Rockwell was to the illustrated magazine of that era: the artist most adept at divining the mythic dimension in the dramas of everyday life, and at crafting iconic images of a particular time and place with the power to stir and delight generations. McCloskey, […]

Bob McCloskey, Inventor

by Marc Simont Should the recession get serious, a good inexpensive way for a tired man to find release from his tensions would be to go for a spin in Grampa Hercules’ Hide-a-Ride Machine. Bob McCloskey’s talent for devising mechanical contraptions is topped only by his ability to turn out books that carry off the […]

Robert McCloskey interviewed by Anita Silvey

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

The Horn Book Radio Review Child’s voice: The Horn Book Radio Review, commentary on books for children and young adults. MUSIC Narrator: Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a place to live. But every time Mr. Mallard saw what looked like a nice place, Mrs. Mallard said it was no good. There were […]