Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

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Buccaneer Books, Jan 1, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 42 pages
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Both Ma Otter and her son, Emmet, hope to win the $50 talent show prize and surprise each other with a special Christmas present.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With characteristically uncloying gentleness and a conscious use of familiar devices that is neither burlesque nor banality, the Hobans depict an affectionate otter family (just Emmet and his widowed ... Read full review

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

The plot has something in common with O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi, but with enough twists that it is much more than just a "children's version". Family, friends, music -- and the story is all about animals who live in a swamp. It's a story with a message that is never heavy-handed. Read full review

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Russell Hoban is a novelist, educator, and writer of children's books. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1925. Hoban taught art in New York and Connecticut, and also worked as an advertising copywriter and a freelance illustrator before beginning his career as a writer. Hoban began publishing children's books in the late 1950s, including The Mouse and His Child. The book was adapted as an animated film in 1977. In 1973, Hoban published his first adult novel, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. Another novel was Ridley Walker, a futuristic story set after a nuclear holocaust. Hoban received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award for Ridley Walker.

Lillian Hoban was the author and illustrator of many favorite I Can Read books, including "Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur", "Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving", and a series about Arthur the Chimpanzee. She also illustrated many picture books, including the classic stories about Frances.

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