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What Do People Do All Day? [Paperback]

Richard Scarry
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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4 Mar 2010

Now available for the first time in picture book format, Richard Scarry's classic title, What Do People Do All Day?. Packed with pictures and things to spot on every page, this classic has been refreshed to bring the world of Richard Scarry to a new generation of readers.

What do people do all day? Everyone is busy in Busytown – from train drivers to doctors, from mothers to sailors, in police stations and on fire engines. Follow a colourful collection of busy people working through their busy days. Captain Salty and his crew are getting ready to go on a voyage, Sergeant Murphy is working hard to keep things safe and peaceful, and engineers are building new roads. Another busy day in Busytown!


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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007353693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007353699
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Boston in 1919, Richard Scarry's drawing talent led him to study at the Boston Museum School. He began his career in New York City as an illustrator and freelance artist, and in 1963 he published his first book, The Best Word Book Ever, which became an international best-seller.

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The busiest books ever!

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Everyone is busy working, but what do people do all day? Captain Salty and his crew are getting ready to go on a voyage, Sergeant Murphy is working to keep things safe and peaceful. And in the woods lumberjacks are cutting down the trees. It’s a busy day in Busytown.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book ruined by the publishers 16 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
Before I start, I want to make it clear that 'What do people do all day?" is one of my all time favourite books. As a child I adored it and my children now adore my very thumbed vintage (1975) edition so I was delighted to see it back in stock and ordered it as a christmas present for a friends wee girl. I am so disappointed. The pictures are thankfully the same, but the font is awful, the titles to the stories changed for the worst and worse even than that some of the original stories are GONE!!!! Where is building a house, Posting a letter, Bread and how it is made, Cotton and how we use it..... I know that times have changed but it has not stopped my children enjoying the original book. I have sourced a second hand copy and am seriously considering returning this book, only the fact that the illustrations that remain are still as good as ever is stopping me. Shame on you Harper Collins.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the other stories? 20 Mar 2002
Format:Hardcover
Like the other reviewers here I loved this book as a child and bought it again.
However, when I got the book I discovered that at least one third of the old stories are missing!
Caveat emptor!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of detail to keep little minds occupied 7 Sep 2004
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed Richard Scarry books as a child and I am delighted that my two and a half year old son loves this book too. The pictures are colourful and eye-catching. Parents and children can enjoy it together, or there is enough going on so that a child can look at the pictures by himself. It is also very informative and I learnt new things about road-building too!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2009 edition - rubbish new typeface 23 Sep 2009
By Emily B
Format:Hardcover
Who decided to change the typeface in the 2009 edition to something so ugly? My advise is to find a second hand copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Karen
Format:Paperback
I wasn't wild about these books when my little girl had this book for her 3rd birthday almost a year ago now. However they have grown on my and have definitely grown on my daughter - the Richard Scarry books she received are a hit! Until an hour ago, when Amazon parcel arrived, we had 2, 'Bedtime Stories' plus 'What do People Do all Day?' Though my daughter loves pink, baking and threading necklaces, I would not describe her as a 'girly' girl, preferring gymnastics, dens, trampolining and finding worms in the garden, she is going through a little phase right now at 3 and three quarters of wanting these books every night for her bedtime story. The books are good, with pages busy with quirky and detailed little spot colour illustrations which children like to scrutinse to see what comical mis-haps they can spot, though my husband gets a little irritated by the Americanisms like 'asphalt' for tar, 'faucet' for tap, and 'dumpcart' for refuse van, etc. I'm now in the habit of simply replacing the Americanism with the English term when I get to that word when reading aloud so that she understands.

'Bedtime Stories' in particular is a really handy book to take on a journey when you need to travel light, like on a Ryan Air trip, as it is so very small, thin and light (about 8"/20cm each way, and 15 pages long). It means that for the sake of carrying one book, you get 5 little stories to read:

~ Sergeant Murphy and the Banana Thief (you guessed it - that Gorilla Bananas)
~ Ma Pig's New Car (bit silly this one - Pa Pig is made out to be ridiculously absent minded accidentally repeatedly getting into the wrong vehicle on the way home until she ends up with a 'power shovel' - that's a digger to you and I)
~ Uncle Willy and the Pirates (thieving rats (pie-rats...
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulously detailed book to learn from 19 Jan 2006
By Toby
Format:Hardcover
We picked up the 1968 edition of this book from a car boot sale some years ago for our boys, and our eldest (now 5) has read it fairly solidly ever since. He pores over the mining pictures (about the only children's book which includes mining), electricity generation and everything else. This has to be the perfect picture book to teach youngsters about the complexity of the world. Now we've been asked by our 5 year old to buy the new edition to replace a rapidly aging older copy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having taken note of the previous warnings about missing stories, I orderd both this and and old second-hand copy.

The second hand copy is not as old as some referred to here (it is a 1977 UK edition - published by Collins), but here are the differences between the two:

1977 - Hard cover, approx 2 in taller and 1 in wider, serif font (like Times New Roman) for the 'story' text

2010 - Paperback, smaller - approx A4 size, sans serif font (a bit like Comic Sans, but with roman rather than script 'a') for the story text and also for the story titles.

There were no differences between the stories - both books had:

- (Untitled) Introduction to busytown
- Everyone is a worker
- Mothers's work is never done (I don't know if this is a UK-specific adaption, but throught the text of both 'Mummy' is used)
- A voyage on a ship
- Sergeant Murphy of the Busytown Police Department
- Firemen to the rescue
- A visit to the hospital
- The train trip
- Wood and how we use it
- Digging coal to make electricity work for us
- Building a new road
- Water

Overall, I still slightly prefer the old hard-copy style and its font. However, as I am hoping to give it as a gift and it is not missing any content I grew up with, I will be happy to give a fresh new paperback version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Classic for good reason
My children (4 & 6) have already discussed their future professions in the sweetest way thanks to this book. A must-have really.
Published 2 months ago by Godbless
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic kids book
My son loves this book and we have to read certain sections over and over again. The illustrations are fantastic and there is loads to see on each page. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd GENERATION LOVES SCARRY!
My son was given this book in the 1970's, and it definitely encouraged
him to learn to read! Now my grandchildren love it
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. G. Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars What do People do all Day?
Yet another Richard Scarry book that's been given as a present to grandson - hope he enjoys these books as much as his father did.
Published 5 months ago by morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is such a brilliant book. I bougth for my grand son and we have hours of fun look out for lowy worm
Published 6 months ago by adrienne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Absolutely brilliant book.

I loved it as a child and now my children cannot leave it alone. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rob Aspin
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date and sexist
While my 4 year old son enjoyed this book and the multiple illustrations, I felt it was really out of date and was worried it would give him the wrong impression that most jobs... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Svit
5.0 out of 5 stars bought three times!
My son had this book as a child and absolutely loved it. So I bought for my grand daughter when she was three years old and bought a further copy this year for my grandson to avoid... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs F M Sewell
4.0 out of 5 stars used book
I've tried because trere is no english Richard Scarry's books in Spain.
It seems like a new one. Good and quick service
Published 8 months ago by elisenda martí
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood memories
I bought this after a discussion I had with a friend about childhood books.

I remembered every picture and story, still a good book.
Published 9 months ago by Miss J A Hall
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