Last week the writer, Russell Hoban, passed away in London.
Hoban is the author of The Mouse and His Child, a story about a pair of wind-up toy mice [J HOB, also J AB/CD HOB]. It is a children's book that does not shy away from confronting the realities of life, including death. It is considered a children's classic, although I'd venture to guess that not many people are familiar with it.
Just right for this time of year, another classic, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, a Jim Henson film, is based on the book of the same name by Russell Hoban [J DVD EMM].
But of all Hoban's works, my favorite is Bread and Jam for Frances [JP HOB]. Frances is one, very typical little girl, in the guise of a badger. Irresistible and fun!