February 1, 2009

Russell & Lillian Hoban

Russell & Lillian Hoban wrote & illustrated The Little Brute Family. I love this simple story, which tells of the impact a 'little wandering lost good feeling' has on this family of brutes. I have what would be called 'a reading copy' !

The companion story The Stone Doll of Sister Brute is not in my collection - pity! These two books are few & far between, & I cannot find a hardback copy online for less than $49.99.

Russell & Lillian Hoban are best known for their Frances series, written about a tempermental badger child. Inspiration for this character was drawn from the couple's own four children.

The Hobans also wrote & illustrated Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas, which later became a Jim Henson television special.



Stephanie said...

I HAVE this book, it was one of my very favorites as a child. My copy belonged to my mothers brother.

so happpppy to have won your giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I love the illustrations, but Frances always got on my nerves.

Fun is always in style. said...

I thought Frances was cute but not very compelling, on the other hand the Brute family were charming & learned mutual love & respect.

singlestitch said...

I just stumbled across your blog, and was stunned to find anther person who knows the Brutes! I have a much loved copy of the Stone Doll of Sister Brute. I read it to my children :)