|Genre||Children's picture book|
|Dewey Decimal||784.4/05 19|
|LC Classification||PZ8.3.E515 Dr 1987|
Drummer Hoff is the title and main character of a children's book by Barbara and Ed Emberley. Ed Emberley won the 1968 Caldecott Medal for the book's illustrations. Written by Barbara Emberley, it tells a tale of seven soldiers who build a cannon named the "Sultan", and Drummer Hoff, who fires it off, with the book exploding into a blast of colors. The last picture shows the exploded cannon at a future point in time among wildflowers and birds. The illustrations evoke both 1960s psychedelica and Colonial American engravings. In 1969 it was transformed into an animated 6 minute theatrical short, directed by Gene Deitch and produced by Morton Schindel of Weston Woods Studios. It was released on DVD in 2008.
Characters (in order of appearance)
- Drummer Hoff; the king's drummer
- Private Parriage; the private of Drummer Hoff who brought the carrigee
- Corporal Farrell; the corporal who got the barrel
- Sergeant Chowder; the sergeant who got the powder
- Captain Bammer; the pirate who got the rammer
- Major Scott; the major who got the shot (cannon ball)
- General Border; the general horse rider who gave Drummer Hoff the order to fire
Each soldier's name rhymes with a step in the process of firing the gun, e.g. General Border gives the order, Sergeant Chowder brings the powder.
- American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
- Scholastic Storybook Treasures, http://store.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_null_47812_-1_10052_10051
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