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21439 BadChildsBookofBeasts and More Beasts by Belloc

The Bad Child's Book of Beasts. and More Beasts for Worse Children. 2 book set.

"Do not as evil children do/Who on the slightest grounds/Will imitate the kangaroo/With wild unmeaning bounds." Bad Child's wonderful verses were published for Knopf's 50th anniversary with a foreword by Frances Clarke Sayers. The matching More Beasts came out a year later with a foreword by Rosemary Livsey.



20098 The Peek-a-Boos At School by Byron, Chloe Preston ill.

The Peek-a-Boos At School.

Here Jane, Kenneth, and Algernon with assorted smuggled pets and goodies are sent away to Boarding School. Jane refuses to take 2 from 7.... "Why can't I leave it where it is?" and no one wants to weave silly mats. This McLoughlin publication is simpler, with American references, and 6, not 8, coloured illustrations with the register is a bit off on some. That said, May Byron and Chloe Preston make wonderfully funny team! Note: This book has been sold.



19605 FiveBadChunkies by Preston, McLoughlin

Five Bad Chunkies.

The five children go off to spend the summer with their aunt. Although best known for her cute drawings, Chloe Preston tells riotous stories, not moralistic and not 1920's coy either. Very hard to find.



17559 FablesdelaFontaine, Lorioux, illus.

Fables de la Fontaine.

In the same format as his Perrault of 1927. Wry, comic illustrations of Aesop's tales with very simple text. The animal and insect expressions are a delight! A lovely copy of this book.
NOTE: This book has been SOLD.



21565 Granny Gooseberry anon publisher McLoughlin

Granny Gooseberry.

Granny's huge green head and her little glasses are unforgettable. Her ample umbrella serves her children as a house, a playpen, and a cosy bed "At evening when the moon did peep, They hurried home and went to sleep; and Granny closed the umbrella tight, Counted their feet, and said good night!" Surely one of the most imaginative toy books, perhaps inspired by the 19th c Gooseberry Craze that swept England and America. Scarce.
NOTE: This book has been SOLD.



21448 The Brownies, their Book by Cox.

The Brownies, Their Book.

The first compilation of Brownie material from Wide Awake, St. Nicholas and the Ladies' Home Journal. 18 stories, the very simplest ones, among them: The Brownies' at School, on Skates, on Bicycles, at Lawn-Tennis, Tobogganing, at Base-Ball. Mischievous Brownies are everywhere! An unusual picture of child life in the 1880s, already beloved by children. We have both The Brownies and Another Brownie Book once belonging to Mary Bland Robertson of New Jersey (b. 1895, m Edward Ingersoll Brown); we would prefer to keep the books together. Please inquire. (We did, thanks!)
NOTE: This book has been sold.



What Rosa Did. Worthington, publishers, ca 1880.

What Rosa Did.

"A series of fascinating stories of the Adventures of a very curious little girl. Profusely illustrated with spirited illustrations." from a contemporary review. Appears to be gentle version of Les Malheurs de Sophie from 20 years previous.(French engraver, and on the last page, Rosa is studying the Revue des Deux Mondes upside down.) Simple and humorous, this must have been a great favourite. Hard to find.

NOTE: This book has been SOLD.



14230 Topsys & Turveys by Peter Newell.

Topsys & Turvys.

Read each page rightside up then turn it upside down for the rest of the story. Surprisingly, the illustration changes too.



3 and 30 Watchbirds.

Bring back the Watchbirds! They didn't miss a thing: The Meany, The Sneaky, The Blamer... how did Leaf ever think of them all!



Mesaventures d'un Chien by Rabier.

Les Mesaventures d'un Chien.

Comic events in the life of a happy-go-lucky dog of uncertain breed with many drawings, half in colour.



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