The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry HeideThe Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide

The Shrinking of Treehorn

byFlorence Parry HeideIllustratorEdward Gorey

Paperback | January 1, 1971

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"If you want to pretend you're shrinking, that's all right," said Treehorn's mother, "as long as you don't do it at the table."

A small boy finds himself shrinking in this oddly offbeat, surreal, and funny story, illustrated with Edward Gorey's signature pen and ink drawings.

No one around seems to appreciate what Treehorn's going through--his parents are busy, his friends laugh at him, and he gets sent to the Principal's office for shrinking. Or was it shirking? Clearly, the adults in his life have no clue and can't help.

In the end, Treehorn figures it out on his own, and all is well. At least until he turns green.

A charming, imaginative classic that will appeal to any kid who feels they're not truly seen or heard by the grown-ups in their life. Works for adults, too.

An ALA Notable Children's Book
A New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year
Florence Parry Heide (1919 – 2011) was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1939. The author of more than 100 children’s books, she and her husband made their home in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Edward Gorey (1925 – 2000) was born in Chicago and received his B.A. from Harvard. A master of dark humo...
Title:The Shrinking of TreehornFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 5.93 × 7 × 0.21 inPublished:January 1, 1971Publisher:Holiday House

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823409759

ISBN - 13:9780823409754

Appropriate for ages: 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edward Gorey Gorey's art really adds whimsy to this story of a boy who shrinks, to the chagrin of his parents and teachers. An odd and charming story.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Treasure A wonderful story about a boy who loves to send away for the things on the back of cereal boxes. He has a whole collection of such things. One day he wakes up and after a while realizes that he is shrinking. His parents don't believe him at first but by the end of the school day it's quite clear to all that he is indeed shrinking and his parents are quite put out about what to do. Treehorn himself discovers the reason and all ends well but, then, does it? I bought this book from a thrift shop simply because it was illustrated by Gorey; I couldn't have cared less what the book was about. Now the time comes to actually read the book and what a delightful little treasure is hidden in this unpretentious little book. A picture book with text that just pushes the comfort zone for a one sitting read but a captivatingly fantastic story for children. Needless, to say Gorey's b/w drawings have his usual Gothic feel to them even though everyone is oddly dressed in "groovy" seventies clothing. (Not really odd as the book was written in the '70s, but odd for my usual idea of Gorey illustrations) The adults that Treehorn encounters during the day, his parents, his teacher, the principal either don't believe his claim or are much too wrapped up in themselves to really pay attention to his story and any child who has tried to get the attention of a busy adult will relate to this charming, fantastical story. What a delight to know that this little treasure is still in print. Highly recommended for all ages!
Date published: 2009-04-26

From Our Editors

Poor Treehorn. He wakes up one morning to discover he's shrinking, but no one will believe him...not even his parents. When they can no longer deny his assertions...they simply order him to stop. The late and creepy Edward Gorey illustrates Florence Parry Heide's darkly funny tale of the nagging fears that go with being a child.

Editorial Reviews

"Sheer fun." --School Library Journal

"For any child who has often felt ignored by the adult world, here is a perfect give to lift the spirits...will bring a chorus of delight from younger readers." --Publishers Weekly