When Everybody Wore A Hat

When Everybody Wore A Hat

Book - 2003
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This is the story of when I was a boy, almost 100 years ago, when fire engines were pulled by horses, boys did not play with girls, kids went to libraries for books, there was no TV, you could see a movie for a nickel and everybody wore a hat. William Steig illustrates this pictorial memoir with his own unique drawings.
Publisher: New York : Joanna Cotler Books, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060097004
Branch Call Number: J 813.54 STE
Characteristics: 1 v. (unp.) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 20, 2010

William?s Steig?s autobiography is a story for children. But anyone who knows William Steig?author of the original ugly-loving Shrek!; creator of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, in which the main character spends most of the book as a rock?will understand that anything by this author will feature his trademark matter-of-fact tone and understated charm. When Everyone Wore a Hat is about William Steig?s childhood in the Bronx, way back when you could see a movie for a nickel and a hat was as essential as shoes and a shirt. Through bright, childishly expressive illustrations, Steig (1907-2003) shows us life through his own eight-year-old eyes: an outing on the river with Mama and Papa decked out in stripes and polka-dots; neighborhood characters like elegant Mrs. Kingman who was ?looked on by the women in admiration;? Steig?s first haircut at Ditchick?s Barbershop. There?s a healthy dose of realism as well, conveyed with a child?s simple directness: Papa yelling at the radiator when there isn?t enough heat, Mama?s tears when she receives sad news from the Old Country, and the bombs and blood of World War I. Deceptively simple but instantly engrossing, this slim little autobiography offers a slice of old-fashioned life and a look at the formative years of an inventive and irreverent author.


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