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P. D. Eastman (1909–1986)

Author of Are You My Mother?

52+ Works 36,693 Members 537 Reviews 8 Favorited

About the Author

Philip Dey "Phil" Eastman was born on November 25, 1909 in Amherst, Massachusetts. After preparing at Phillips Academy and Williston Academy, he graduated from Amherst College in 1933 and later from the National Academy of Design. From 1936 to 1941, Eastman worked at the story department of Walt show more Disney Productions. From 1941 to 1943 he worked at the story department of Warner Bros. Cartoons. From 1945 to 1952 he worked in the story department of United Productions of America. He contributed to the "Private Snafu" World War II training films, wrote for the animation Mr. Magoo, and the Gerald McBoing-Boing series for UPA. He bacame a protégé of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss). He wrote many books for children such as Go, Dog. Go!, Big Dog....Little Dog and Red Stop! Green Go! His title Are You My Mother? made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. Philip Eastman died on January 7, 1986 at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by P. D. Eastman

Are You My Mother? (1960) 12,863 copies, 261 reviews
Go, Dog. Go! (1961) — Author; Illustrator — 10,001 copies, 150 reviews
Sam and the Firefly (1958) 1,919 copies, 26 reviews
Big Dog .. Little Dog (1973) 1,836 copies, 22 reviews
The Best Nest (1968) 1,635 copies, 25 reviews
Snow (1962) 1,579 copies, 11 reviews
I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words (1973) — Illustrator — 1,318 copies, 12 reviews
The Alphabet Book (1974) 1,150 copies, 8 reviews
Flap Your Wings (1969) 619 copies, 5 reviews
I'll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words (1999) — Illustrator — 566 copies, 4 reviews
The BIG Red Book of Beginner Books [6-in-1] (1995) 487 copies, 2 reviews
Aaron is Cool (2015) 149 copies, 1 review
My Nest Is Best (2005) 50 copies, 1 review
Aaron Has a Lazy Day (1900) 43 copies, 3 reviews
Are You My Mother? (cloth book) (2005) 42 copies, 1 review
Aaron is a Good Sport (2015) 36 copies
Aaron Loves Apples and Pumpkins (2015) 30 copies, 1 review
Sam and Gus Light Up the Night! (2004) 20 copies, 1 review
What Time Is It? (1979) 17 copies
Go, Dog. Go! Puzzle Book (1999) 10 copies
P.D. Eastman's Dog Tales (2021) 9 copies
Scrap Happy Daffy [1943 animated short film] (1943) — Screenwriter — 3 copies
Gripes [1943 animated short film] (1943) — Screenwriter — 3 copies
Rumors [1943 animated short film] (1943) — Screenwriter — 2 copies

Associated Works

Put Me in the Zoo (1960) — some editions — 5,104 copies, 41 reviews
A Fly Went By (1958) — some editions — 2,271 copies, 33 reviews
A Fish Out of Water (Beginner Books) (1961) — Illustrator — 2,091 copies, 15 reviews
Robert the Rose Horse (1962) — Illustrator — 689 copies, 3 reviews

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An owl doesn't have a lot of choices for friends to play with at night since most of the other animals are asleep. The firefly who does want to play has a mischievous streak that shows he still has some life lessons to learn.

The plot turns are silly and ridiculous at times, but it's still a fun little book to share with a child.

FOR REFERENCE:

#1448 in our old book database. Rated "Good" by Rod and Adelia.
 
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villemezbrown | 25 other reviews | Jun 11, 2024 |
Ted and Fred are opposites in many ways, but are still best of friends. After belaboring their differences for most of the book a silly little problem is introduced at the end regarding restless sleep but is quickly resolved

Huh? So?

This just doesn't have the charm or energy or purpose of Eastman's better books.
 
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villemezbrown | 21 other reviews | Jun 10, 2024 |
A goofy way for youngsters to learn about size, colors, opposites and counting. It's so random, but so fun too.
 
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villemezbrown | 149 other reviews | Jun 9, 2024 |
A pair of clueless but devoted birds decide they must hatch the egg that turns up one day in their nest and care for the creature that emerges . . . no matter if it looks like a bird or not.

Silly fun.
 
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villemezbrown | 4 other reviews | Jun 8, 2024 |

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Works
52
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Members
36,693
Popularity
#499
Rating
4.0
Reviews
537
ISBNs
300
Languages
9
Favorited
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