Children’s books

When William Van Horn quit animation work in 1977 he began to write and illustrate children’s books. His first book, “Harry Hoyle’s Giant Jumping Bean,” was an immediate success.

In the years to follow he wrote six additional books. Especially interesting are the three books about the little dinosaurs Charlie and Fred which laid the base for Bill’s comic series Nervous Rex.

Since 1985 Van Horn has concentrated on his comic work. Until 1990, however, he still illustrated five more children’s books based on texts by other authors.

Harry Hoyle’s Giant Jumping Bean
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: William Van Horn
First publication: 1978 · Pages: 36
 
Twitchtoe, The Beastfinder
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: William Van Horn
First publication: 1978 · Pages: 36
 
Harry Hoyle’s Slippery Shadow
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: William Van Horn
First publication: 1980 · Pages: 36
 
The Very Special Birthday Present
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: William Van Horn
First publication: 1982 · Pages: 40
 
The Wiggly Wobbly Boat Ride
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: William Van Horn
First publication: 1982 · Pages: 52

Includes the stories “The Wiggly Wobbly Boat Ride” (16 pages), “Mr. Know-It-All” (13 pages) and “Easy As Pie” (17 pages).

 
A Picnic With Bert
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: William Van Horn
First publication: 1983 · Pages: 52

Includes the stories “The Spooky Buzz” (15 pages), “A Picnic With Bert” (15 pages) and “Up, Up, And Away!” (15 pages).

 
The Big Sneeze
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: William Van Horn
First publication: 1985 · Pages: 52

Includes the stories “The Big Sneeze” (18 pages), “It’s a Bet” (12 pages) and “Snow Fun At All” (15 pages).

 
This Is The Place For Me
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: Joanna Cole
First publication: 1986
 
Hank And Frank Fix Up The House
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: Joanna Cole, Philip Cole
First publication: 1988
 
Celebrate Valentine’s Day
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: Elvie L. Butler
First publication: 1989
 
Celebrate Thanksgiving
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: Elvie L. Butler
First publication: 1989
 
Celebrate Easter
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Illustrations: William Van Horn
Texts: Elvie L. Butler
First publication: 1990
 
 
Illustrations William Van Horn.
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