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Busy, Busy Town

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,273 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm provide a fun introduction to Richard Scarry's Busytown, the setting of Busytown Mysteries on TV. Each oversized spread features a different place from the Post Office, to the Supermarket, to the farm. And for each place is a complete, simple story describing the activities, sights and friendly folk who can be found there. Familiar faces like Sarg ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 15th 2000 by Golden Books (first published June 18th 1992)
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Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I LOVED Richard Scarry books growing up...they are super busy, and filled with eye candy! Everywhere you look there is something going on :) I have the entire collection to share with my daughter now, and they are really fun to look back on. Some of the images are really dated, ex: record players and tv's with rabbit ears, etc... (which makes it fun for me), but doesnt hurt the story at all! My daughter is 2 1/2 and sometimes i see her just sitting in a corner looking thru all the pages on her o ...more
Shayna Ross
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I love everything Richard Scarry
Miss Kelly
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
We are deep in a Richard Scarry phase and I love it.
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This is another one of those books that I remember checking out from my elementary school library over and over and over (you get the idea). I always liked the pictures and apparently talked about it so much that, when it was reprinted, my sister took pity on me and bought me a copy. (Thanks sis!!!) My fave? "Lowly worm eats peas. Peas are round in shape." (but it's gotta be in context with the picture. This book, though somewhat dated in some ways (no computers of course), would be a great one ...more
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: preschoolers and early elementary
I remember Richard Scarry's books when I was a child, but had totally forgotten about them until I had my own children. My preschooler LOVES sprawling out and looking at Richard Scarry's books. Yes, the stories don't make much sense, and the illustrations are not the most well drawn, but they do have a style of their own that fascinates children. There are so many little details packed into the illustrations, it's a lot of fun for kids to just look at everything going in each page.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, classics
This is the book we read when our daughter Loralee was a toddler, when she became the Lowly worm. =)
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children 6 months - 6 years
I loved this book as a child and my 15 month old delights in this book when her "dada" reads it to her during her goodnight routine.
Ned Leffingwell
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Richard Scary books are great. They are fun to look at and give kids names for everyday stuff in the world.
Dan Hyer
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Not enough reading material to stay interesting for many days on an end, it's still a good Richard Scarry book.
David H
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Great book for your little ones 3-6 ish. Fun stuff to read with your kids.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Busy Busy Town lets you see so many town things!
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read all the time as a kid.
Amanda Wiley
Apr 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: edu565
Modern Fantasy- Short stories about what happens at different places in a busy town.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
another classic from Richard Scarry. Loved the illustrations. Definitely a good book to read with children.
Great for young children.
Sep 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a nice big book, with lots of pictures of cars and trucks and motorcycles and planes, which means that Leo really digs it. Right now, we are at the stage where we just look at the pictures and talk about them - if I take the time to read the vignettes about each character or scenario, I find them rather lame and dated. Also, I wish that this were a board book - very hard to get a toddler to treat paper pages gently.
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiration
Full of light-hearted humor ("Artists paint pictures. The best artists paint pictures for children's book" and "The best librarian's are children's book librarians") and colorful, detailed drawings, this book will forever be one of my favorites. I agree with Mr. Scarry that sometimes the best books were made for children, but the wise reader realizes that sometimes it is possible for even adults to get something out of "children's books."

Mary Jo Garcia-Brown
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Here's another book from my childhood. I remember sitting in a doctor's waiting room and reading it. I love Scarry's animal characters. I think Scarry was one of the first to do cross-promotion with toys and cartoons, so every child in the 70's was familiar with his work. What I really adore is that it is as "busy" as its title suggests. There are loads of illustrations and text on every page, and there's action happening in each picture.
Jun 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: curious children
This is probably the first Richard Scarry's children books I read, back in the time when I could even hardly understand English at all. Love the cute drawings, which eventually led me to want to know more (i.e. understand meanings of each word). In fact, as far as I could remembered, this book was the reason behind my first encounter with dictionary. Ha!
Grada (BoekenTrol)
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all people with small children
A great book, that I read to / with my brother many many times. Not only he, but I also discovered new things in the pictures every single time we read the book.
Marvellous drawings.

This edition I did not read, of course (published about 30 years later), but since I could not find the data on that one, I use a current.
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people with kids 3-5 yrs
The boys love this book. They want to read it every night. It has various stories about jobs like farming, building a house, delivering mail etc. I asked for this for xmas because we were going to the play at the children's theatre. It was nice to have already read the book many times before seeing the play. I would highly recommend it.
Finn Pennekamp
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing

All kinds of trucks, all kinds of houses, all kinds of jobs, all kinds of animals, all kinds of people, all kinds of construction equipment, all kinds of household supplies... basically, everything I want to know about the world!

I'm going to be spending A LOT of time with this book. Thanks Uncle Scott & Aunt Kyle!
Mar 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
oh, i had such immense love for richard scarry books when i was little. ok, it was an obsession. the details! i remember poring over ever photo, lingering over the illustrations. i still have this one somewhere - falling apart, taped together with love.

lowly the worm was my favorite - his little apple car was the coolest!
I like these Richard Scarry books, though the characters in this are kinda inept.

My main issues are the gender divisions: pretty stark. There's also some outdated stuff, but I like the idea that Busytown exists in its own self-contained world, outside of our own, which is its appeal for me. This book is also less busy (hah) than the others, so I enjoy that as well.
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This book is fully to blame for my Attention Defecit Disorder. I should sue Lowly for ritalin expenses.

Nonetheless, I used to love looking at it, and I bet if I came across it in my folks' basement today, I'd sit on the floor and stare at it for three hours.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-kids-books
My two-year-old can't get enough of this one, but it can be a bit of chore to reread. The small visual gags are nice, but I find myself playing fast and loose with the text to give it a better flow and a bit more zip.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
I remember loving Richard Scarry books when I was a child. And they hold something so FASCINATING. Even though this book takes longer to read than many, it always holds the attention of toddlers. The illustrations are so busy and interesting; there is always something new to discover.
Alise Durkota
Excellent resource for teaching students about the jobs around their town and in the general world. Helps to build vocabulary under this theme. Great illustrations,interesting to look at and fun to explore. Great to place in a library for general viewing or to pull out as a reference.
Mary Beth
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rabbit-and-bear
As is true of most Richard Scarry books, this one is full of details and small, internal stories that Rabbit loves. It is one of those books that you can open any page and have a good time talking about what is happening in the illustrations.
Nikki Boisture
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the toddler set
Shelves: grady-s-books
This book is chock full of in-depth pictures from the great Richard Scarry. Everytime my son and I read it, I notice something new! Plus, a peanut car, a pickle care and an apple car are all hilarious to a two-year old!
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