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The Shrinking of Treehorn
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Author Florence Parry Heide
Illustrator Edward Gorey
Genre Children
Publisher Holiday House
Publication date
Pages 63
ISBN 0-8234-0189-8
OCLC 277918
LC Class PZ7.H36 Sh
Followed by Treehorn's Treasure 

The Shrinking of Treehorn is a children's book by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Edward Gorey, and first published in 1971. The main character in the book is Treehorn, whose parents barely notice when he shrinks.


Treehorn is a young boy who begins shrinking one day. The book opens with the line "Something very strange was happening to Treehorn," and the boy soon discovers that he is getting smaller when he cannot reach the candy bars and bumble gum he has hidden on a previously accessible shelf. (No reason for his shrinking is ever given in the text.) When his parents comment on it, they say, "Maybe he's doing it on purpose, just to be different." In the end, Treehorn returns to his normal size.


The sequel to this book is Treehorn's Treasure (1981), followed by Treehorn's Wish (1984). The three books were collected in an omnibus edition, The Treehorn Trilogy, in 2006.

Film adaptation

As of 2019, an animated film adaptation directed by Ron Howard is said to be in development. The animation would be done by Animal Logic and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

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