some of the minor characters the best - Mrs. Snapper is amazing (if this were 1938, she'd be played by Hattie McDaniel in the movie version); I loved Doc Bullfrog as well, in his tuxedo.
I missed this book growing up - and this is directly from my childhood (1971) I know there is a beloved Jim Henson version as well, which I've never seen but would now like to see!
Strange to think that the Hobans are making a beautiful story together in 1971, a just four years later
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas by Russell Hoban
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Let's say Steinbeck, or O. Henry, or even Flannery O'Connor decided to write a picture book about an otter family at Christmas - this would be the result. Thornton W. Burgess also hovers over this book as well. But the book is derivative of anything these authors have written; the story stands alone, quite warm and beautiful. Lillian Hoban's illustrations are the other side of the coin; without them, the book is like a fallen souffle - still edible, but not nearly as interesting or tasty. I missed this book growing up (it's definitely a book from my picture book era) and I'm glad I picked it up in a Christmas mood this week. Made me feel all warm and cuddly inside.
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