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Drummer Hoff
Author Barbara Emberley
Illustrator Ed Emberley
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Prentice-Hall
Publication date
ISBN 0-671-66249-X
OCLC 17300593
784.4/05 19
LC Class 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 cumulative tale of seven soldiers who build a cannon named "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 young private of Drummer Hoff who brought the carriage
  • Corporal Farrell; the corporal who got the barrel
  • Sergeant Chowder; the aging and crippled sergeant who got the powder
  • Captain Bammer; the captain who got the rammer
  • Major Scott; the major who got the shot (cannonball)
  • 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.

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