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The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

    About The Book

    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.

    About The Illustrator

    Photograph © Laurent Linn

    Tomie dePaola (1934–2020) was the beloved author and/or illustrator of more than 270 books for young readers, including the children’s classic, Strega Nona. He was the recipient of the Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, and the 2011 Children’s Literature Legacy Award for “significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature.” A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and spent much of his life in New London, New Hampshire. Visit his work online at

    Product Details

    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2020)
    • Length: 32 pages
    • ISBN13: 9781534466623
    • Grades: P - 3
    • Ages: 4 - 8
    • Lexile ® 450L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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