New York: William Morrow and Company, 1950. Illustrated by Louis Darling. Eleventh Printing, February 1963. 8vo. 155 pp. Pictorial red cloth stamped in black. Previous owner's name neatly printed in ink on the top corner of the free front endpaper. A very nice copy, tight and clean with only a tiny smudge or two. / Dust jacket is bright and crisp with just a few short closed tears at top and bottom edges. Item #211
Genuinely funny books for children are few and far between. The genuine ones are as funny to adults as to younger readers, and when such a book comes along it comes to stay. Louis Darling, who drew the delightful pictures, wrote: "I read it and then I read it to my wife and we laughed till we cried." Mrs. Cleary's lively sense of humor and intimate knowledge of small boys make an irresistible combination.