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Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  224 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Here is an imaginative tale about the unconventional fifteenth-century Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch, as told by his wildly dissatisfied housekeeper. Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon and their son, Lee, depict a most unusual household filled with pickle-winged fish, flying furniture, and other bizarre delights. “From its sumptuous paintings to its gilt frames to ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 31st 1991 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Lisa Vegan
Fun, fun, fun rhyme with phrases that kids will love to repeat long after reading the book or having it read to them. The illustrations and story are a hoot. There is an informative note at the end about the real artist, which sort of makes this an art and historical fiction book as well as a pure fiction picture book. I love the two main characters and the story arc. Flamboyantly entertaining.
I really enjoyed both the illustrations and story. Hieronymus Bosch was a real artist who died in 1516. He drew and painted pictures of people and objects acting in strange ways and twisted to creative shapes. (I had never heard of him before reading this!) Willard turned this into a fun poetic story of an artist with unusual creatures creating havoc in his home. The Dillons created amazing artwork that really complements and completes the story. Wonderfully done! Quite magical. I also enjoyed t ...more
I found it a little overwhelming, but still super fun. I'd never have thought of being able to make Bosch's work accessible to children, but Willard and the Dillons pull it off. Simple plot, characters developed more by the art than by the text, but quite the accomplishment all around.
May 06, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining, fantastic tale/poem that is fun to read aloud. The illustrations by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon are wonderful, as I expected from the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrators. The rhyming, lyrical narrative is quite humorous, if a bit strange.

We really enjoyed reading this book together and I enjoyed reading the note at the end of the book that explained that Hieronymous Bosch was a real person, an artist who lived in the 15th century. I never knew!
Samantha Jones
This is a strange tale filled with remarkable creatures and odd images. The first page has no illustration other than within the text, and I find this very exciting in a suspenseful kind of way. However, the rest of the book is laid out rather specifically: on the left page is the text in a colorful font that was hand-lettered by the illustrators, and directly above the text is an image that appears to be sketched and generally faces the right page in a fashion that implies motion to progress th ...more
Natalie Zagara
Nancy Willard weaves wonderous words and tells a story about a housewife who is tired of her job, as she takes care of a household that is hard to handle because of the craziness that manifests inside. She is tired of her daily routine and the crazy characters that live with her. She decides to leave her home to seek a boring life, one that will be less stressful on her. As she leaves her life, though, she realizes that although those things in her life seem crazy,they still need her. As she dre ...more
In "Pish Posh said Hieronymus Bosch" there are strange creatures that aren't seen in other stories set in the fifteenth-century or any century for that matter, at least as far as I know. This story may contain odd creature but that does not change its fifteenth-century feel. Its story is told in rhyme as a poem similar to a nursery rhyme. Its images and story are based off a real fifteenth-century artist named Hieronymus Bosch. The illustrations are framed within a silver, bronze, and bass frame ...more
"Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch" is an imaginative story about Hieronymus Bosch, an artist from the late 1450s. The illustrations in the story were created by Lee Dillon in the style of those of the actual Hieronymus Bosch. The author's notes at the end of the book explain author Nancy Willard's fascination with the odd creatures from Bosch's original sketches. Illustrator Lee Dillon also studied Bosch's work. The resulting book, "Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch" is a great example of styli ...more
Paul  Hankins
Leo and Diane Dillon, winners of numerous awards for their illustrations, most recently the beautifully rendered NEVER FORGOTTEN, are heavily influenced by the work of Hieronymous Bosch.

This one is not to be missed by fans of the Dillons or by fans of the picture book genre. Bosch, known the quirky and eccentric themes of his paintings is brought to life by the Dillons in illustrations, each with a gilded, ornate frame. The verse that accompanies the illustrations help this 1991 classic ring ou
Emily Huffman
Beautiful illustrations, and wow! the bronzework! The book would probably be fun to read aloud but...I just thought it was too self-indulgent and had absolutely no engaging storyline.
I really liked it, and the girls liked looking at all the creatures in the book. Really easy to keep reading aloud, "Piss Posh" which made me giggle.
Eric Hernandez
Most kids looking at this book probably sit there for minutes trying to pronounce the book which then makes them want to read the book so that is a good eye catching title. When i read this book i thought to myself man i wish when i was a kid i would have known about this book or even liked to read back then. All of the cool creatures and flying furniture and what not in this book make this an interesting read that you just want to look at the pictures.
The Dillons use frames very intentionally in their books--often to restrain the movement in the illustration. In this book, they are using a frame that was actually sculpted/designed by their son; what strikes me is that in this book, even the frame is "busy." There is a riot of activity, color, and strange creatures in each illustration--all in homage to Hieronymus Bosh himself who would have felt right at home. Willard's story is perfect.
3.5- Love the pictures. The poem is pretty good too.
Wow. You'd have to be insane to write a kid's book about Hieronymus Bosch. But I loved it. And so did my 5-year-old. Whimsical and witty, this rhyming book is fantastic. My little boy loved it and was fascinated by the pictures. Well, done!

Update: Just read this to the whole family and everyone loves it. We pored over the pictures.
R Matthew Simmons
Although this is technically a children's book, any art historian or adult can appreciate its value outside a young mind.
I was fortunate enough to have received this as a gift a few years back after first browsing through it well over a decade ago. I believe it is out of print, so good luck finding a copy - it will be well worth it.
The quirky illustrations in this small picture book alone are with 5 stars! I only wish there had been a bit more information on Hieronymus Bosch in the afterword. Super fun read that children and adults alike will want to revisit again and again, something new to focus on each time you study the pictures. Eccentric goodness!
Ashley Hietpas
Cute story, but had to give it 5 stars because of the artwork alone. Probably the most gorgeous illustrations (also, the way they placed each illustration inside a beautiful sculpted metal frame their son made) I've come upon in years.
Spook Harrison
Again, the imagination in the pictures and the story make this book one I needed to own personally. Children love to say 'pish posh!' as!
Combines an art style based on the work of Bosch with witty, nonsensical rhyming text.
jenna nims
Anne Smith
Parents' Choice award. Rhyme, onomatopoeia, and juicy verbs.
Brilliantly illustrated book that's right up my alley.
Great illustrations with a storyline that matches up well.
6 stars!

books don't get better than this.
absolutely charming with gorgeous illustrations!
great illustration and text
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NANCY WILLARD is an award-winning children's author, poet, and essayist who received the Newbery Medal in 1982 for A Visit to William Blake's Inn. She has written dozens of volumes of children's fiction and poetry, including The Flying Bed, Sweep Dreams, and Cinderella's Dress. She is also the author of two novels for adults, Things Invisible to See and Sister Water, and twelve books of poetry, in ...more
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