The New Creatures

3.27 avg rating
( 11 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060221645: The New Creatures

An old man tells his grandchildren about a sheep dog named Herman who, during the days when dogs and cats ruled the world, discovered the first humans.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Grandpa tells his two grandchildren a story about the days long ago when dogs and cats wore clothes, did all the work, and ruled the world. Then a dog named Herman found a new kind of creature who could be trained to wait on them; eventually, the dogs and cats got even lazier, grew fur, and let the new creatures, called Herman's Beings, take care of them. This situation still exists today, as human beings (a corruption of the original name) still take care of dogs and cats. This is essentially a one-joke story with the whole plot, left open at the end, built around the question of who's really running things. The illustrations are pen-and-ink, in Gerstein's usual style, with bright tones added in watercolor and colored pencil. There are lots of background details and visual amplification of text. The book is (in part) dedicated to Canaletto, and an appreciative parody of his style and subjects can be found in the pictures of times long ago. Gerstein is clever when it comes to integrating text and illustrations, and his writing style, while not outstanding, is very readable; nevertheless, this is merely a mildly amusing story. --JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

In Gerstein's latest, a grandson's comment that "dogs and cats are nice but it seems all we do is wait on them!" launches Grandfather on a rollicking yarn about the way of the world back when it was ruled by cats and dogs. They were very lazy, he says, but couldn't get the other animals to do their work for them. Finally, an intrepid canine named Herman set off "into the wilds to see what else there was in the world," and in a hidden valley he discovered a new kind of animal. Although it didn't seem too bright, it was friendly, so Herman brought some of the new creatures back with him. They proved to be eminently trainable, and eventually an interesting role reversal took place. Gerstein's ( Arnold of the Ducks ; Mountains of Tibet ) splendidly silly story contains the kind of crazy logic kids love and a punchline that packs a merry wallop. His palette is rich and his pictures whimsical. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Gerstein, Mordicai
Published by Harper, NY (1991)
ISBN 10: 006022164X ISBN 13: 9780060221645
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Crowfly Books
(South Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, NY, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Mordcai Gerstein (illustrator). 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing). Book. Bookseller Inventory # 038909

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.88
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Gerstein, Mordicai
Published by HarperCollins (1991)
ISBN 10: 006022164X ISBN 13: 9780060221645
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11006022164X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
29.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.30
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Mordicai Gerstein
Published by HarperCollins (1991)
ISBN 10: 006022164X ISBN 13: 9780060221645
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 006022164X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
32.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Mordicai Gerstein
Published by HarperCollins (1991)
ISBN 10: 006022164X ISBN 13: 9780060221645
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX006022164X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
29.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Gerstein, Mordicai
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 10: 006022164X ISBN 13: 9780060221645
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 006022164X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1777890

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
47.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.84
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds