Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever

Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever

by Richard Scarry


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A treasury of classic books from the one and only, Richard Scarry!

Featuring over 80 Richard Scarry classics, this treasury is nearly 300 pages of fun, adventure, and discovery. Filled with beloved excerpts from stories like I am a BunnyGoodnight Little BearThe Rooster Struts, and more, readers will find it easy to see why this is - most definitely - the Best Storybook Ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307165480
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Series: Little Golden Book Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 42,887
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours poring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. For himself, whenever he was asked how old he was, Scarry would always put up one hand and laugh, saying, "five!"   Born in 1919, Richard Scarry was raised and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. After five years of drawing maps and designing graphics for the US Army, he moved to New York to pursue a career in commercial art. But after showing his portfolio to one of the original editors at Golden Books, he found the perfect home for his children's books.   The assignments first given to Scarry tended to be Little Golden Books that featured popular characters of the day, such as Winky Dink, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Smokey the Bear. Eventually Scarry created many original characters, such as Lowly Worm and Huckle Cat. But first came Nicholas, a young rabbit clad in red overalls, for the now-iconic board book I Am a Bunny. After Scarry married children's textbook writer Patricia Murphy, she wrote many stories for him as Patsy Scarry, including the bestselling Little Golden Books Good Night, Little Bear and The Bunny Book. In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated more than 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies around the world and are currently published in more than 20 languages. Richard Scarry Jr., also an illustrator, carries on his father's work today under the name of Huck Scarry. Richard Scarry passed away at his home in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 1994. He was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2012.

Date of Birth:

June 5, 1919

Date of Death:

April 30, 1994

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Gstaad, Switzerland


Boston Museum School of Fine Art

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Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorite memories from my childhood. I often look at this wonderful children's book, and memories are 'so thick, I have to brush them away' I love to read this book to the kids I babysit for and teach at preschool. The stories are short enough to hold their attention, and the pictures are wonderful. The stories are funny to them, and to adults. I highly recommend this book for every family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book - everything from the stories to puzzling over the pictures of what people do and vehicles people drive and all the things in a house. It is a favorite that is requested time and time again at bedtime. She also likes to look though it on her own even though she's not reading yet! Every child's library needs this classic Richard Scarry book in it.
StephWa10 More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a child and absolutely loved it. After finding it on a book shelf in my room on a visit home from college I picked it up and still loved it 20 years later! I can't wait to give it to my kids in the future. I would recommend this fantastic book to anyone!
Buschua More than 1 year ago
We wore out one of these books when my children were growing up. They loved the great characters and the silly stories. So when our first grandchild came along we had to buy one for him. We read every night to our children and it instilled a love for reading that they still have today. This book has wonderful cute short stories, great illustations, and is a fun giggly (if that's a word) read out loud book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book as a child and it's still one of my favorite books ever. Whenever a friend of mine has a child I like to purchase this book for them. It's a fun book that teaches kids the basics in numbers, colors, manners, and everyday activities. I can't say enough wonderful things about it. There are a range of fun characters. The edition I have is from the mid 1950's, so it's obviously a timeless classic. Well worth every penny you spend on this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sister and I used to read this book constantly over 20 years ago. It was one of our favorites. Now that I have a daughter I know the enjoyment that we had will be passed down. This book is entertaining and educational, a must-have in every child's library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book when my children were tiny, my youngest is now 25 years old and we kept our copy to pass on to their children. I buy a copy for everyone I know who is having a baby. It is definitely the most delightful and educational storybook I've ever seen, and the illustrations are lovely. Our favorite story has always been 'My Name is Nicolas', and we can still recite the whole thing. Read it to your children or grandchildren from the day they are born!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I luv the stories! They are useful because for my oral comm class we have to read a child book and i right away went to this book! its great for age 1-100! luv it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up with this book, and it really is the best storybook ever. I'm 18 and I still love it. I'm going to make sure that I have it when I have my kids too. Its an awesome book filled with great stories!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this wonderful book again and again to my 2 sons. There was an audio record (LP) that went with the book and we still sing some of the songs. I will now read this and other Dick Scarrys to my grandchildren (the first is on the way)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I learned to read at an early age (2) and part of my progress can be attributed to the progressive nature of this book. The book starts out with very basic, phonics lessons - teaching young children about the alphabet and like sounds. By the end of the book readers are able to read and enjoy short stories that are fun and whimsical. As I prepare to start my own family, this will be a purchase I will definitely make prior to the birth of my future children. I only want what's best for them and Richard Scarry's writings are among them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my sisters and my favourite books when we were growing up. I'm still very young, but now, I really wish we hadn't gotten rid of it! It's a really good kids book, and I recommend it to anyone who is having any problems finding books you and your kids can read together!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute. To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Richard Scarry's Best Story Book Ever was one of her picks. This book was my daughter's choice night after night during the years from ages 3-6. The stories are all vividly colored, humorous, and reasonably short. They just suited her perfectly. She would plead after each one, 'Just one more story, Dad.' (This was after her mother had read to her, as well.) I would read until I had almost no voice left. Eventually, we negotiated that she could pick two stories from this book, and if I was in the mood (and in good voice) we could go up from there. Otherwise, bedtime would have been delayed for hours! If you don't know Richard Scarry, he has a wonderful, light sense of humor. He usually features intelligent animals, but in human-like contexts. This makes the moral of the story easier for the youngster to swallow, while making the story more interesting. For example, A Castle in Denmark is about the rules that you should follow in a castle (or a house) such as not leaving things on the floor where people can trip on them. Who else would have come up with such a wonderful way to help establish household rules? The stories in the book contain all the elements needed in a preschool book, with lots of alphabet, numbers, socialization, and charming stories with important lessons attached. The book includes one of my daughter's all time favorite stories, I Am a Bunny by Ole Rison. This story was repeated like a mantra around our house by all four children. It is a great beginning reader story. The stories vary in sophistication from simple ones to mini-mysteries involving detectives. My daughter especially loved the mini-mysteries. Here are her favorite stories in the book (in the order they appear): The Rabbit Family's Home I Am a Bunny Work Machines Pip Pip Goes to London A Castle in Denmark Couscous, the Algerian Detective Officer Montey of Monaco Pierre, the Paris Policeman The Country Mouse and the City Mouse by Patricia Scarry Schtoompah, the Funny Austrian From a value perspective, it is much less expensive to buy these stories in this form than to get them in the various Richard Scarry books. Of all the story books we bought for our children, this one was definitely the best value. I suspect it only cost about a penny per hour used. Running the television costs more than that! Some readers have complained about the binding. Ours is a little loose in back after four years of
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this book when I was little. Every night, I would look through the book. I never ran out of things to do in the book. There's counting, reading, and so much more to do. Highly recommended!!!!!!!!
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gotta say, my children loved this more than I did, though there were some fun things in it. Some of the illustrations are very fine, others are not so fine, just so-so. Some stories are instructional, others are just silly fun.
mjhartley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute book that any child should have an easy and fun time reading.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of previously published stories and poems by Richard Scarry. Topics include words, colours, alphabet, numbers, fables, mother goose, cars, plaines, manners, animals and much more.This is a fun book for young children. The topics are most suitable to very young children but those a bit older will be able to read most of the text. We used this book with our curriculum this year, reading a few stories spread out over the whole year. He was always happy when it time to read the stories and he's enjoyed reading some of it on his own. Recommended.
bobbiIA More than 1 year ago
I'm a "senior"; discovered book years ago when caring for injured 2yr old nephew.. and, just keep ordering more copies for each up-coming generation of nieces, nephews, neighbor kids, baby showers etc. Have read these  stories so many times, should have them all memorized.  And - tears still come to my 69-yr old eyes when  reading some of them - memories.  You cannot go wrong investing in this book; my supply ran out - so, ordered more today.... thank you again, Mr Scarry, wherever you are dwelling in heaven right now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book I grew up with. My grandmother constantly read it to all of her grandchildren. And now in our adult lives, each of us still has a copy in our homes, even if no children live there. We can all still recite the stories and nursery rhymes from memory. This book has it all.. It teaches colors, counting, seasons, manners. The stories range in reading ability levels and of course have great illustration. I always make sure whenever any if my friends have children, I get them a copy of this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book. It's full of sweet stories and lovely illustrations. We also often give it as a baby gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great favorite when my children were little. I especially love the section on colors, but our family had a marvelous time reading all of this book over and over. One of my favorite memories is of my daughter crawling through the house with this book under one arm, looking for me or her father. When she found us she would literally throw this big yellow book at us demanding, "Read!" In the years since it has been one of our favorite gifts to give to very young children and their parents.
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ladyinthewallpaper More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. My huband and I both had a copy of it, but ours were both missing the covers and, of course, had been colored in over the years, so I bought it for my four-year-old daughter for her birthday, and she loves it as much as I did. Richard Scarry's illustrations are great and funny. It's fun to see my daughter's sense of humor as read through it - fun to see her "get" the funny jokes in the illustrations. There's also some education...colors, counting, the alphabet. And because there are so many stories, you can keep going back to it and re-reading it without wanting to pull your hair out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesom book, I bought it for a gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago