- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publication Date: March 1, 2011
- Price: $17.95
- Trim Size: 10 1⁄4 x 10
- ISBN: 0-8109-9730-4
- EAN: 9780810997301
- Page Count: 40
- Illustrations: 28 full-color illustrations
- Format: Hardcover (Self Ended)
- Rights: World English
Written in 1944 by Aldous Huxley as a Christmas gift for his niece, The Crows of Pearblossom tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Crow, who live in a cottonwood tree. The hungry Rattlesnake that lives at the bottom of the tree has a nasty habit of stealing Mrs. Crow's eggs before they can hatch, so Mr. Crow and his wise friend, Old Man Owl, devise a sneaky plan to trick him.
This funny story of cleverness triumphing over greed, similar in tone and wit to the work of A. A. Milne, shows a new side of a great writer. Paired with stunning illustrations by Sophie Blackall, this timeless tale is sure to grab the attention of many readers—adults and children alike.
Praise for The Crows of Pearblossom
“With Huxley’s mordant wit in ample supply, this tale will entertain literary novelty seekers.”
“Huxley’s story starts good and grim—just the thing to hold a young audience.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A vivid picture-book edition with robust and suitably disquieting illustrations by Sophie Blackall.”
–Wall Street Journal
About the author
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), the author of Brave New World, lived the latter part of his life near the Mojave Desert, where this story is set. Sophie Blackall is the illustrator of many children's books, including the Ivy and Bean series. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her at www.sophieblackall.com.