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Solomon the Rusty Nail

Solomon the Rusty Nail

William Steig; Illustrated by the author

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

FSG Books for Young Readers

07/30/2013

ISBN: 9781466814523

32 Pages, Ages 4-8

Solomon the bunny can turn himself into a rusty nail!

Here, in the great tradition of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Caleb and Kate, is another tale of magical transformation from William Steig. Its hero, young Solomon, is an ordinary rabbit--well, ordinary in every respect but one. Whenever he scratches his nose and wiggles his toes at exactly the same time, he turns into a rusty nail. To turn back into a rabbit, all he has to do is thing: "I'm no nail, I'm a rabbit!"

This unusual talent enables Solomon to play some gratifying practical jokes, but it also leads to serious trouble when he's waylaid by a one-eyed cat who plans to turn him into Hasenpfeffer. Solomon promptly becomes a rusty nail and steadfastly refuses to change back, even after Ambrose, the cat, and his wife, Clorinda, lock him up in a cage in their guest room. Sooner or later, they figure, they'll be dining on bunny stew. How can Solomon possibly find a way out of this dilemma?

Praise for Solomon the Rusty Nail

“Steig combines a tale of uncanny transformation with his distinctively animated illustrations...Children will love this bizarre tale with its humorous drawings and lively sense of fun.” —Pointer, Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully written and illustrated by paintings reflecting the sunny colors of spring...A classic by a peerless artist.” —Publishers Weekly

William Steig; Illustrated by the author

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based; the Caldecott Medal-winner Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; The Caldecott Honor book The Amazing Bone; and the Newbury Honor Books Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto. Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, and Our Miserable Life.

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William Steig

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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