Additional Book Information

Series: The New York Review Children's Collection
ISBN: 9781590173329
Pages: 64
Publication Date: October 27, 2009

The Man Who Lost His Head

by Claire Huchet Bishop, pictures by Robert McCloskey


It’s bad news when you wake up in the morning and find you’ve lost your head, especially if it’s an especially agreeable and handsome head, but there you go, such things happen. In any case, the man who loses his head in The Man Who Lost His Head isn’t about to grin (that is, if he could grin) and bear it. No, he’ll make himself a new one, and starting with a pumpkin and moving on to a parsnip and finally getting a hold of a block of wood, he sets about getting it just right. Still, for all his efforts, it somehow isn’t right. It isn’t the head he had before. It turns out that only a brash bold boy can save the man who lost his head from losing it altogether. Claire Huchet Bishop’s charming parable is accompanied by illustrations by the great Robert McCloskey, the creator of Make Way for DucklingsOne Morning in Maine, and other classic picture books.


by Claire Huchet Bishop, pictures by Robert McCloskey


It’s always a pleasure when a book is rereleased, but it’s a particular pleasure when that same book has such an illustrious pedigree. The Bishop/McCloskey pairing didn’t happen very often, but we can sure be glad that it did with this hidden treasure.
—Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal

Awakening sans his head, the man at the center of the tale tries to remember where he left it....The solution is as madcap as the rest of the story...but the prose and Caldecott winner McCloskey's deliciously crisp artwork are evergreen.
Publishers Weekly