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The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

In this reissue of Tomie dePaola’s classic 1981 picture book, an unlucky old woman cares for her dog despite the hilarious mishaps along the way.

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To fetch her poor dog a bone

The well-known, rollicking nursery rhyme “Old Mother Hubbard” gets a humorous and luminously illustrated treatment in this engaging read-aloud. Staged like a dramatic Victorian play, Old Mother Hubbard’s quest to feed her dog plays out in beautiful vignettes while other dramas are cleverly hidden in the borders of the page. Young readers will discover something new to love every time they read and will want to revisit the story again and again.

Photograph © Laurent Linn

Tomie dePaola (1934–2020) was one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time and the winner of the 2011 Children’s Literature Legacy Award (formerly known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award), among other lifetime achievement awards. A Newbery Honor winner, he wrote and illustrated a number of books, including Caldecott Honor book Strega Nona and its companions, as well as Oliver Button Is a SissyThe Legend of Old BefanaThe Clown of GodMichael Bird-BoyAndy, That’s My Name; and the New York Times bestseller Quiet. A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at

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