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Russell Hoban (1925–2011)

Autor von Bread and Jam for Frances

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Über den Autor

Russell Hoban was born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1925. He attended art school in Philadelphia and during World War II, he served in the Army and earned a Bronze Star. He taught art in New York and Connecticut, and also worked as an advertising copywriter and a freelance illustrator mehr anzeigen before beginning his career as a writer. He began publishing children's books in the late 1950s, including What Does It Do and How Does It Work?, Bedtime for Frances and the six other books featuring Frances, The Story of Hester Mouse Who Became a Writer, What Happened When Jack and Daisy Tried to Fool the Tooth Fairies, and The Mouse and His Child, which was adapted as an animated film in 1977. In 1973, he published his first adult novel, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. His other books for adults include Turtle Diary, Pilgermann, and Ridley Walker. He received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award for Ridley Walker. He died on December 13 at the age of 86. In 2015 he made the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist for his title Jim's Lion wth illlustrator Alexis Deacon. (Bowker Author Biography) weniger anzeigen
Bildnachweis: Photograph courtesy of Lisa Greenstein, 2005.


Werke von Russell Hoban

Bread and Jam for Frances (1964) 3,592 Exemplare
A Bargain for Frances (1970) 3,353 Exemplare
Fränzi geht schlafen (1960) 3,088 Exemplare
Best Friends for Frances (1969) 1,986 Exemplare
A Baby Sister for Frances (1964) 1,677 Exemplare
A Birthday for Frances (1968) 1,433 Exemplare
Riddley Walker: Expanded Edition (1998) — Autor — 1,328 Exemplare
Riddley Walker (1980) — Autor — 1,313 Exemplare
The Mouse and His Child (1967) 1,034 Exemplare
Ozeanische Gefühle (1975) 602 Exemplare
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (1971) — Autor — 381 Exemplare
The Mole Family's Christmas (1969) 358 Exemplare
Pilgermann (1983) 338 Exemplare
Die Medusenfrequenz (1987) 327 Exemplare
Der Kartenmacher. Roman. (1973) 301 Exemplare
Kleinzeit. Roman (1974) 297 Exemplare
The Little Brute Family (1656) 181 Exemplare
Amaryllis Tag und Traum (2001) 174 Exemplare
Harvey's Hideout (1969) 173 Exemplare
The Bat Tattoo (2002) 142 Exemplare
Linger Awhile (2006) 138 Exemplare
Fremder (1996) 135 Exemplare
Angelica's Grotto (1999) 132 Exemplare
Charlie the Tramp (1966) 123 Exemplare
Monsters (1989) 113 Exemplare
Her Name Was Lola (2003) 113 Exemplare
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas [1977 TV movie] (1996) — Original story — 97 Exemplare
The Sorely Trying Day (1964) 88 Exemplare
Dinner at Alberta's (1974) 85 Exemplare
Mr. Rinyo-Clacton's Offer (1998) 81 Exemplare
Soonchild (2012) 81 Exemplare
The Marzipan Pig (1986) 78 Exemplare
Jim's Lion (2001) — Autor — 75 Exemplare
The Sea-Thing Child (1972) 73 Exemplare
Rosie's Magic Horse (2012) 73 Exemplare
Come Dance With Me (2005) 72 Exemplare
Nothing to Do (1964) 67 Exemplare
A Near Thing for Captain Najork (1975) 64 Exemplare
My Tango with Barbara Strozzi (2007) 58 Exemplare
Angelica Lost and Found (2010) 57 Exemplare
Trouble on Thunder Mountain (1999) 55 Exemplare
The Moment Under the Moment (1992) 55 Exemplare
The Trokeville Way (1996) 54 Exemplare
The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant (1978) 52 Exemplare
Tom and the Two Handles (1965) 51 Exemplare
Ace Dragon Ltd (1980) 45 Exemplare
A Russell Hoban Omnibus (1999) 42 Exemplare
La Corona and the Tin Frog (1821) 38 Exemplare
The Frances Collection (2008) 38 Exemplare
The Rain Door (1986) 33 Exemplare
Arthur's New Power (1771) 29 Exemplare
The Pedalling Man (1968) 23 Exemplare
Jim Frog (1983) 17 Exemplare
The Great Gumdrop Robbery (1981) 17 Exemplare
M.O.L.E. (1747) 13 Exemplare
The Dancing Tigers (1979) 13 Exemplare
Ten What? (1973) 13 Exemplare
Lavinia Bat (1984) 12 Exemplare
The Flight of Bembel Rudzuk (1982) 12 Exemplare
Herman the Loser (1961) 11 Exemplare
Letitia Rabbit's String Song (1973) 10 Exemplare
Ponders (1988) 9 Exemplare
They Came from Aargh! (1981) 8 Exemplare
The roar of the crowd; conversations with an ex-big-leaguer (1964) — Illustrator — 8 Exemplare
The Serpent Tower (1981) 7 Exemplare
Flat Cat (1980) 7 Exemplare
Save my place, (1967) 6 Exemplare
Ugly Bird (1969) 5 Exemplare
The Song in My Drum (1962) 5 Exemplare
Court of Winged Serpent (1994) 4 Exemplare
Some snow said hello (1963) 3 Exemplare
Henry and the Monstrous Din (1966) 3 Exemplare
Goodnight (1969) 3 Exemplare
Monster Film (1995) 2 Exemplare
The Second Mrs Kong 2 Exemplare
London men and English men, (1962) 2 Exemplare
Leon boaz-jachin (1989) 1 Exemplar
FANCY THAT! (2013) 1 Exemplar
Gimmi e la Torre solitaria (1995) 1 Exemplar
Frances (2021) 1 Exemplar
Frances 1 Exemplar
Dark Oliver 1 Exemplar

Zugehörige Werke

Household Tales {Crane} (1963) — Einführung, einige Ausgaben760 Exemplare
The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury (1989) — Mitwirkender — 262 Exemplare
Granta 28: Birthday: The Anniversary Issue (1989) — Mitwirkender — 149 Exemplare
Granta 42: Krauts! (1992) — Mitwirkender — 130 Exemplare
Granta 10: Travel Writing (1984) — Mitwirkender — 88 Exemplare
Granta 8: Dirty Realism (1983) — Mitwirkender — 71 Exemplare
Granta 13: After the Revolution (1984) — Mitwirkender — 54 Exemplare
Granta 5: The Modern Common Wind (1982) — Mitwirkender, einige Ausgaben44 Exemplare
Granta 9: John Berger, Boris (1983) — Mitwirkender — 43 Exemplare
Granta 3: The End of the English Novel (1980) — Mitwirkender — 41 Exemplare
Scary! 2: More Stories That Will Make You Scream (2001) — Mitwirkender — 31 Exemplare
Das Magische Zimmer (2001) — Mitwirkender — 23 Exemplare
Puffin Annual: No. 1 (Puffin Books) (1974) — Mitwirkender — 19 Exemplare
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Mitwirkender — 15 Exemplare
Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories about Birds (2011) — Mitwirkender — 8 Exemplare
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, April 1975 (1975) — Mitwirkender — 4 Exemplare
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 11, July 1976 (1976) — Mitwirkender — 3 Exemplare
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 8, April 1976 (1976) — Mitwirkender — 3 Exemplare
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 1, September 1976 — Mitwirkender — 2 Exemplare
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, January 1979 (1979) — Mitwirkender — 2 Exemplare
The Marizipan Pig [1990 TV episode] — Original book — 1 Exemplar
Turtle Diary [1985 film] — Original story — 1 Exemplar
Road Stories: New Writing Inspired by Exhibition Road (2012) — Mitwirkender — 1 Exemplar


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Children's book about clockwork mice in Name that Book (April 2009)


Wow, this is quite a book. Ridley Walker, the narrator of the story, is a 12 year old living in a post-apocalyptic East England. His language is a heavily distorted, and simplified, English (making some parts tricky to decipher), reflecting the essentially medieval society he lives in, 2000 years after The Bad Time.

Just about all knowledge from our time has been lost, but there are fragments of it echoed in nursery rhymes and folk tales that recur throughout the novel. Just as Riddley's language is a distorted echo of our English, with faux-amis-like homonyms revealing unintended meanings, the nursery rhymes and folk tales contain kernels of forgotten knowledge from the time before the apocalypse. This is done exceptionally well - while part of the fun of the book is trying to spot the origins of these folk stories, they are not the clumsy, direct allegories one might expect, but have the real ring of organic myth.

It is interesting that the society seems restrained by their knowledge of the pre-apocalyptic world. If they were starting from scratch you feel they'd make greater progress. As it is, they are trying to recreate what they knew we have without the necessary foundations, and so seem doomed to stagger around in fruitless circles (like an emergent religion based on fossilised world models, à la J. G. Frazer's The Golden Bough).

This, along with the depravation and sheer grimness of Riddley's world, and the inevitable power struggles and cruelty make the book a somewhat depressing, harrowing read with an underlying despair at the human condition. But then there are also definitely kernels of optimism, partly from the eponymous character's resilience, but also from the creativity evinced by their new myths and the emergent culture that comes from it.

Riddley Walker is a great book - linguistically rich and challenging, with a well-constructed future-primitive world with a convincing culture. Not always easy, but it grabbed me and kept me reading - even if, sometimes, only a couple of pages at a time. And as soon as I finished I wanted to go back and re-read sections of it - as well as look up other people's thoughts about the book (I haven't done that yet). There are so many characters, phrases and incidents which have firmly lodged themselves in my subconscious that Riddley Walker will stay with me for quite a while.
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thisisstephenbetts | 23 weitere Rezensionen | Nov 25, 2023 |
Considering that the story is about the misadventures of a clockwork father mouse and child, and their encounters with various talking birds/animals, this is actually quite a dark tale and not at all twee. Instead, violence, death and squalor are evident in abundance, with a wry black comedy setting, such as the alternative society developed by rats in the dump, and the avant garde travelling player company run by crows. Similarly, a dog food label provides the philosophical linking theme, as the Last Visible Dog becomes the symbol for eternity.

A book that works on a number of levels, and I would've rated it more highly, only for me, it loses momentum once the eponymous characters start to achieve their goal of being reunited with the clockwork elephant and seal from the toyshop where they all began, and acquiring the dollhouse from there.
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kitsune_reader | 29 weitere Rezensionen | Nov 23, 2023 |
This book is unique and brilliant. This is my second time through and I am as awed as I was the first time. Lillian Hoban's illustrations are a wonderful accompaniment. Appropriate reading for adults and those that might want to read to them..
dbsovereign | 29 weitere Rezensionen | Oct 11, 2023 |
The classic funny story about a stubborn little badger with very particular tastes in food.

Frances is a fussy eater. In fact, the only thing she likes is bread and jam. She won't touch her squishy soft-boiled egg. She trades away her chicken-salad sandwich at lunch. She turns up her nose at boring veal cutlets.

Unless her parents can come up with a plan, Frances just might go on eating bread and jam forever!

Join the generations of families that have laughed along as Frances sings "Jam on biscuits, jam on bread, Jam is the thing I like most, Jam is sticky, jam is sweet, Jam is tasty, jam's a treat--raspberry, strawberry, gooseberry, I'm very FOND...OF...JAM!"… (mehr)
PlumfieldCH | 71 weitere Rezensionen | Sep 21, 2023 |


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