Beloved Children's Book 'Thirteen Clocks' Is Back

James Thurber's decades-old, modern take on the standard fairy tale has just been reprinted. Weekend Edition's Daniel Pinkwater says if you like the The Princess Bride or Rocky and Bullwinkle's "Fractured Fairy Tales," you'll like this tale, too.

Host Scott Simon speaks with Pinkwater, our ambassador to the world of children's literature, about the new edition of The Thirteen Clocks, published by the New York Review Children's Collection.

An Illustrated Visit to a Bear's Lair

A Visitor for Bear

Bonny Becker's A Visitor for Bear tells the story of a fearless mouse who warms the heart of his very reluctant host. Candlewick Press hide caption

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In 1972, Daniel Pinkwater wrote and illustrated one of his first books for children, "Bear's Picture." This year, a new edition of the book was published — this time with pictures by renowned children's illustrator D.B. Johnson. Daniel talks about the journey of "Bear's Picture," from 1972 to the present, proving that the spirit of creativeness endures. hide caption

See How 'Bear's Picture' Has Changed Over Time
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A bear's den isn't usually inviting — unless of course you're a bear. And a bear's den that sports a "No Visitors" sign prominently on the front door would scare away even the most fearless of beasts. Except for Mouse.

In Bonny Becker's heartwarming new book, A Visitor for Bear, bold Mouse – "small and gray and bright-eyed" — is determined to visit Bear for a cup o'tea, and Bear is equally determined to keep him away. That tension sets up a delightful tale about the persistence of one small mouse in the face of one big bear and the eventual triumph of friendship.

Kady MacDonald Denton's illustrations bring these two very different characters to life with all their quirks, like Mouse's "bright" eyes and Bear's light step, portrayed in watercolor, ink and gouache.

Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater preview A Visitor for Bear, and read it together, adding their own particular brand of humor.



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