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Bill Peet
Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet's books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING... show more



Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet's books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today. In both his career as an author and illustrator of children's books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know." At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well. Bill Peet's signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes. "At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn't possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.

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Birth date: January 29, 1915
Died: May 11, 2002
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My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it 2 years ago
These books are very popular at our library but I have never read one before. Bill Peet writes a whole series of these books and I found this one and purchased it as a gift. Of course, I had to read it before I wrapped it and now, I can see why he’s a popular author. This is a longer children’s st...
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) rated it 2 years ago
Title: Big Bad BruceAuthor: Bill Peet Genre: Animals / Manners / Bullying / Magic Year Published: 1977 Year Read: 2009Publisher: Houghton Mifflin CompanySource: LibraryContent Rating: Ages 6+ (Bullying) “Big Bad Bruce” is another classic tale by Bill Peet and it is about how Bruce t...
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) rated it 3 years ago
Title: How Droofus the Dragon Lost His HeadAuthor: Bill Peet Genre: Animals / Royalty / Friendship / Adventure Year Published: 1971 Year Read: 2009Publisher: Houghton Mifflin CompanySource: LibraryContent Rating: Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable) “How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head” is a...
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) rated it 3 years ago
Title: Randy's Dandy LionsAuthor: Bill Peet Genre: Circus / Animals / Training / Children's Year Published: 1964 Year Read: 2010Publisher: Houghton Mifflin CompanySource: LibraryContent Rating: Ages 5+ (A Scene of Bullying) “Randy’s Dandy Lions” is another classic book from the creative ...
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) rated it 3 years ago
Title: The Caboose Who Got LooseAuthor: Bill Peet Genre: Trains / Traveling / Children's / Adventure Year Published: 1971 Year Read: 2009Publisher: Houghton Mifflin CompanySource: LibraryContent Rating: Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable) “The Caboose Who Got Loose” is a great story from the...
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