Monday, November 30, 2009

The Man Who Lost His Head

You may be familiar with the work of Robert McCloskey, who wrote and illustrated the classic picture books Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, as well as the Homer Price books. This month we'll see the reissuing of a book illustrated by McCloskey and written by Claire Huchet Bishop in 1942 and which has been out of print for over 25 years: The Man Who Lost His Head (New York Review Books, $14.95 (64p) ISBN 978-1-59017-332-9).

It's the unusual story of a man who awakens with his head missing. He can't remember where he left his head and sets out to find it. As temporary substitutes he uses a pumpkin, various other organic replacements, and a wooden copy of his head. It's a wacky story, and if it's wacky you like, take a gander.

1 comment:

  1. If he has no head what part of his body is doing the thinking? All very strange! :)