Little Boy Brown

Little Boy Brown


Written by Isobel Harris
Illustrated by André François

A Brain Pickings Top 13 Children's, Illustrated, and Picture Book of 2013

Illustrated by the famous graphic artist André François, Little Boy Brown is the greatest book about childhood loneliness of all time. It is also a classic that is ripe for rediscovery because of the lost New York City that it invokes and its contemporary feel.

Little boy Brown loves elevators, tunnels, and subways. His friends are doormen and waiters. This is his own account of the wonderful day that he spends with Hilda, his family's maid, and her family in the country. The character of little boy Brown is completely real and moving, and his story lingers long after the last word has been read.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-135-3
6.5" (W) x 9.5" (H) • 48 pages • HCJ

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A Brain Pickings Top 13 Children's, Illustrated, and Picture Book of 2013

"Underpinning the charming tale of innocence and children’s inborn benevolence is a heartwarming message about connection across the lines of social class and bridging the gaps of privilege with simple human kindness. […] The story itself, at once a romantic time-capsule of a bygone New York and a timeless meditation on what it’s like to feel so lonesome in a crowd of millions, invites us to explore the tender intersection of loneliness and loveliness. François, who studied with Picasso, illustrated a number of iconic New Yorker covers, and belongs to the same coterie of influential mid-century creative legends as Sir Quentin Blake, Tomi Ungerer, and his close friend and collaborator of Ronald Searle, brings all this wonderful dimensionality to life in his singular illustrations, all the more special given this was his first children’s book." —Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“...lovers of classic New York tales like Eloise and The Little Red Lighthouse will cheer this reissue.” —Publishers Weekly

“It is a children’s book and yet says so much about the way we live our lives or that is what I took away from it. The book is actually about stepping out a lot more and seeing the world and living instead of being cooped at home […] The book is about childhood and its memories and what will stay and what will be forgotten.” —The Hungry Reader


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