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; , he'll make himself a new one, and starting with a pumpkin and moving on to a parsnip and finally getting 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 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 Ducklings, One Morning in Maine, and other classic picture books.
Claire Huchet Bishop (1899-1993) was a children's novelist and librarian. She attended the Sorbonne and started the first children's library in France. After moving to the United States, she worked for the New York Public Library. She was the winner of the Newbery Honor for Pancakes-Paris and All Alone and the Josette Frank Award for Twenty and Ten. Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) was an American author and illustrator of children's books, the most famous of which was Make Way for Ducklings, the 1942 Caldecott Medal winner. He won a second Caldecott Medal in 1958 for Time of Wonder. He also received Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal in 1949, One Morning in Maine in 1953 and Journey Cake, Ho! in 1954.