Drummer Hoff Paperback – Sep 1 1972
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About the Author
Barbara and Ed Emberley¹s collaborations include the Caldecott Honor Book One Wide River to Cross. Ed¹s books have also been honored on the New York Times¹s annual Best Illustrated Books List. The Emberleys live in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
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Throughout this tale, Drummer Hoff (who fired it off) and his fellow bespangled soldiers, officers, corporals, etc. construct, before our eyes, a canon. As the verses continue we see each member of the company adding his own touch to the proceedings. For example, Corporal Farrell brings the barrel. Major Scott brings the shot. You get the idea. This all culminates with General Border who, in the end, gives the order and Drummer Hoff (finally abandoning his baton) fires it off. Suddenly the world is engulfed in blood red smoke, Hoff knocked slightly to one side, the extravagantly illustrated word, "KAHBAHBLOOOM" appearing. In our final scene the canon sits there, abandoned by the men. Baby birds grow in its mouth. The name of the canon (Sultan) has been buried and we now only see a smiling sun on its side. Grasshoppers frolic, a spider spins its web, and flowers are everywhere. Make of it what you will
So let's look at it again. The words are very much like an old English series of verses. They could be 40 years old or 400. Now look at the illustrations. I think I'm truthful in saying that I have never read a children's book that looked like this.Read more ›
Why 3 stars?:
There is no real story to this. The rhyme is pointless and uninteresting. It possibly could have better if it went somewhere, but it is quite short. I considered using it for practice with rhyming, but the rhymes are fairly difficult. I would pass this one up unless you are a true collector of Caldecott winners.
We finally discovered a paperback edition while at the Presidio bookstore in San Francisco, thereby giving the library copy a much needed rest. Yes, it ends abruptly and leaves me perplexed as to what exactly happened, but my children simple accept it as is and really enjoy testing their memories with cumulative rhymes.
Most recent customer reviews
Drummer Hoff is a great picture book. I think,is very much like a Waldo book with the very small and unique designs.
This book is a great entertainment to kids. Read more
My fifth child still remembers that everytime I read it to her, I said "I love this book!" So she asked me to buy it for her little boy for Christmas. Read morePublished on Dec 6 1999
This popular children's book tells the story of a number of soldiers who build and set up a cannon that drummer Hoff fires off. Read morePublished on May 15 1999
I remember reading this book when i was just learning the alphabet. I'm 16 now this is and will always be my favorite book!Published on July 13 1998