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Author of the New York Times Bestsellers
The Remarkable Farkle McBride
Marsupial Sue

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689835421
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 09/27/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 214,355
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

John Lithgow is the New York Times bestselling author of I Got Two Dogs; Mahalia Mouse Goes to College; Marsupial Sue Presents: The Runaway Pancake; I’m A Manatee; Micawber; Marsupial Sue; The Remarkable Farkle McBride; and Carnival of the Animals. An award-winning actor, he has starred on stage, film, and television. He performs concerts across the country and has recorded the CDs Farkle and Friends, Singin’ in the Bathtub, and The Sunny Side of the Street. Visit John at JohnLithgow.com.

C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him online at CFPayne.com.

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Micawber 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
jmashburn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It adds an interesting twist on art and painting! Well written and entertaining.
maryanntherese on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tale in rhyme of a squirrel and his penchant for art. Beautifully illustrated and charming.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Micawber is a great squirrel - he travels from his home in the park to the art museum every day to see the wonderful painting. But once he realizes that he can paint! Well, then off he goes and creates many works of art. The story was very cute - and the fold out of his studio/museum was really great. The only down side is that you better know your great artists and how to pronounce their names. There's a few in there that I stumbled over and I got weird looks from little man for it.
MarileeMN More than 1 year ago
My 3-year-old son loves this story about a squirrel who wants to be an artist. A few of the rhyming words are GRE-level, but it doesn't halt the story as you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My boys (ages 2 and 4) and I love this book. Much of the vocabulary is well beyond their level, but the illustrations are stunning and captivating, especially for my 2yr old. It's intelligent and endearing and offers educational opportunities on every page. We have read this book a hundred times and never seem to tire of it. God bless you, John Lithgow, and keep up the great writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is clever and children love it. But the best part is the incredible vocabulary it contains. At the end the squirrel's masterpieces are a scream and a good connection to fine art. Highly recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so refreshing to read (and read and read) a children's book with such masterful use of vocabulary and poetic rhythm. The illustrations complement the story beautifully. Our children request this book at least once a week at bedtime. It appeals to both our 9-year-old and our 3-year-old...and their parents as well! Please keep writing, Mr. Lithgow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a squirrel who becomes an artist. Great use of words and pictures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enojoyed this book very much, because it was not the typical lighthearted children's book mostly seen on store shelves. It had an exquisite use of terms such as 'Peregrination' and Lithgow described in song the wonderful colors of art. The squirrel Micawber was a delight to look at and read about, every child should read or have their parents read this book to them. Excellent overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Lithgow's by-line is all it took to place his third picture book for children on the bestsellers list, but "Micawber" really deserves its audience. The rhyming book and companion CD (read by Lithgow) tell the story of a squirrel art-lover who can't get enough of the famous oils at the museum. When he sees an artist painting copies of masterpieces, it inspires Micawber to do the same. Lithgow's honest enthusiasm is felt throughout, his delight in exposing young children to the beauty of fine art is admirable, and his challenging vocabulary is an unexpected pleasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wandering in my local Barnes & Noble store, the cover illustration caught my attention. I read the book and think it is wonderful! It's a nice way to introduce children to art, and the pictures are amazing! A must have for anyone who has a child in their life, or a nice gift for a friend who does! As an elementary education major I have purchased this book to add to my collection that I will share with students. :)