New York: Viking, 1950. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. First Edition. Large 8vo. 157 pp. Green cloth stamped in dark green. But for a faint bit of fading at the top edge of the cover, this book is in fine condition. / Dust jacket rather worn and chipped with a few closed tears. Item #212
Davey Martin had a special a talent. He could sniff from his dormitory window and tell just what was going to be in the stew for supper he could supplement the stew by smelling out cakes other boys had hidden away. And he could delight his friends by guessing their activities of a free afternoon, whether baseball, messing in a chemistry lab, or stealing birds' eggs and blowing out the shells. Quite naturally, Davey got the nickname of "Smeller." Davey's schoolmates appreciated his sense of smell, but it wasn't till vacation that he got the attention he really deserved. The local police showed a flattering interest in his nose and so did the new neighbor, Professor Benton. In fact, if it hadn't been for his nose, Davey might never have discovered that professors are sometimes more interested in firearms than in Latin grammar. Mr. Lawson has had as much fun with Davey's sense of smell as Davey did himself. Children who loved Rabbit Hill will delight in having grown a few years older - for now they're just the right age for this story. Davey's home is "Lavender Hill" and of course it's in Connecticut, Mr. Lawson's favorite countryside. There are drawings of the lovely meadows and gardens, and also a large number of beautifully made portraits: Davey, McKinley the gardener, the townspeople, the horrid Carters, Aunt Agatha's tea party, and a most amusing cow watching a burning barn. There is also a Forsyth pistol, so lovingly drawn that it takes its rightful place as a real character.