The inspiration for the beloved Jim Henson film is back in print after over 40 years.
In 1977, when Jim Henson debuted the now-classic film Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, few knew it was based on a story written and illustrated by Russell and Lillian Hoban, creators of Bread and Jam for Frances and other treasured children’s books. With an enduring score by the great Paul Williams, the movie remains a holiday tradition in homes across America. Now the book that started it all is back in print, in a beautiful gift edition that will thrill Muppets fans young and old.
Inspired by the classic tale “The Gift of the Magi,” the story begins in a poor country cottage, as Emmet Otter dreams of buying Ma a piano for Christmas, while Ma dreams of buying Emmet a guitar. When a village talent contest is announced, both imagine their dreams coming true. But what they don’t imagine finding is their real reward—the power of love, family, and hope in hard times. It is a story that reaches into a reader’s heart and reminds us all that fortune favors the brave.
A Bank Street College of Education 2018 Best Children's Book of the Year
"[A] welcome reissue of the Hobans’ 1971 story . . . Colorful illustrations of the close-knit animal community contain plenty of warmth."—The Horn Book
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
RUSSELL HOBAN (1925–2011) was an American novelist and children’s writer. He achieved recognition for his popular Frances the Badger series in the 1960s, which he created with his wife, illustrator Lillian Hoban, who illustrated many of his early books. In 1980 he published Riddley Walker, the highly acclaimed, award-winning novel for which he was most renowned.
LILLIAN HOBAN (1925–1998) was a beloved children’s book author and illustrator. She is best known for illustrating six books about Frances the Badger, widely recognized as classics of children’s literature, in addition to her lovable I Can Read hero Arthur, a young chimpanzee, and his little sister, Violet.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The plot has something in common with O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi, but with enough twists that it is much more than just a "children's version". Family, friends, music -- and the story is all about animals who live in a swamp. It's a story with a message that is never heavy-handed.
'What's Emmet Otter?' I asked my boyfriend, and his jaw drops and says 'It's the best movie ever, my favorite!'The first time I ever heard of this movie is when I got with my boyfriend. This is his absolute favorite movie! He found his VHS in the garage, and we sat down cuddled up in a blanket and watched Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. This is a wonderful movie and not just for children.
This is a wonderful Christmas story of how a young child 'otter' learns what a good feeling it is to care for someone else rather than yourself. Emmett works hard to enter a contest so he can buy his mother a Christmas gift.