Bill Peet by Bill Peet
An Autobiography

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Bill Peet tells his life story, including his years with Disney, with illustrations on every page.

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Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet’s books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today. In both his career as an author and illustrator of children’s books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know." At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well. Bill Peet’s signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes. "At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn’t possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.
Published March 28, 1994 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stilt-walking elephant Eleanor, retired from the circus, becomes a star again at the zoo--by (gulp) drawing pictures.

Apr 27 1981 | Read Full Review of Bill Peet: An Autobiography

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Exuberantly, Peet to a T: scraggly, clumsy circus camel Pamela, fed up with being insulted (bad-tempered she may be, not stupid and dumb), steals away and heads off down the railroad tracks--where she finds a broken rail;

Mar 01 1984 | Read Full Review of Bill Peet: An Autobiography

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The only element missing from the first part is a deeper sense of how Peet felt during the book's most poignant moments: being teased for not having his father around, and his father's sudden reappearance in his life, an event Peet says "marked the end of a happy childhood."

Jan 01 1989 | Read Full Review of Bill Peet: An Autobiography

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