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The 'Possum That Didn't, Tashlin, Frank
21 Tashlin, Frank The 'Possum That Didn't
London John Murray 1951 NO 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Fair Illustrated by the author 
(paper-covered boards; no dust jacket) [heavily worn at spine, with significant deterioration of spine covering (although the entire title and author's name are still present), although the binding itself is intact; also worn and bumped at corners and edges, offsetting to endpapers, a few scrunched bottom page corners, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep]. (line drawings) The second of Tashlin's social parables in fuzzy-animal guise -- the first was the renowned "The Bear That Wasn't" (1946) -- which are often referred to condescendingly as "children's books." Unlike "Bear," which took place in an almost abstract factory, this one plunges its cute little protagonist into the inferno of modern American urban life, a setting which allows Tashlin's satiric sensibilities full reign, resulting in a visual riot of densely detailed tableaux. The story concerns a perfectly contented little 'possum who's discovered in the woods by a quartet of do-gooders; because he's hanging upside down from a tree branch (as 'possums will), these busybodies mistake his contented smile for a frown -- so they promptly hustle him off to the city, where they engage in ever more ridiculous efforts to cheer him up. The hustle and bustle of city life makes him miserable, of course, and turns his smile into a frown -- but since it's upside-down, the people foolishly believe they've succeeded in making him smile! While they wallow in accolades for their "kindness," the poor little creature is left to make his own way back to the forest, and to his former state of bucolic bliss. At the time this book was published, Tashlin had already succeeded in transitioning from animation into screenwriting, and was poised to make the leap to feature film directing. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Story of Wilbur the Hat, Van Loon, Hendrik Willem
22 Van Loon, Hendrik Willem The Story of Wilbur the Hat
New York Horace B. Liveright (Boni & Liveright) (c.1925) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by the author 
[very nice copy, with just a touch of wear to the bottom edge; jacket has some minor spotting on the front panel, short closed tears at front hinges, another tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. (color illustrations) "A true account of the strange things which sometimes happen in a part of the world which does not exist." An almost indescribable book, "written and drawn for the fun of it" by Van Loon, whose "The Story of Mankind" had been the Newbury Medal winner a few years earlier. A hat (sort of) travels through time and space and world culture, encountering just about everything you could imagine, and some things that you probably wouldn't, all accompanied by vivid, full-page color illustrations. Almost impossible to find in any sort of a jacket, especially in such nice condition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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A Gift for Miss Milo [*SIGNED*], Wahl, Jan; illustrated by Jeff Grove
23 Wahl, Jan; illustrated by Jeff Grove A Gift for Miss Milo [*SIGNED*]
Berkeley CA Ten Speed Press (c.1990) 0-89815-339-5 / 9780898153392 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by Jeff Grove Signed by Author
[as new]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author opposite the half-title page. "Jan Wahl has created yet another inimitable story. Here is a mystic and entrancing tale of a lost love, as told by a sweetly serious little girl of yesteryear. Young and old will be charmed by it." -- Else Homelund Minarik,author of the Little Bear books. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Before Oz: Juvenile Fantasy Stories from Nineteenth-Century America, West, Mark I., ed.
24 West, Mark I., ed. Before Oz: Juvenile Fantasy Stories from Nineteenth-Century America
Hamden CT Archon Books 1989 0-208-02234-1 / 9780208022349 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W illustrations) A collection of twenty "lost" children's fantasy stories from the 1800s. "Although they follow European traditions, many are distinctly American -- set in specific locales, referring to American institutions. There is even one that draws on Native American folklore. And they are by surprising people: Louisa May Alcott, Joel Chandler Harris, Julian Hawthorne, Howard Pyle, and Frank Stockton are represented here, along with writers less familiar today. Each story is introduced with key biographical data about the author, and information about other contributions the author has made in the field of fantasy." The stories are grouped under four category headings: Fairy Tales; Didactic Stories; Magical Objects; Nonsense Stories. Includes bibliographies of worked cited and secondary sources. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Favorite Stories of Famous Children, Willson, Dixie, ed.
25 Willson, Dixie, ed. Favorite Stories of Famous Children
New York Henry Holt and Company (c.1938) NO First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by C.E. Millard 
(no dust jacket) [ex-library book with general overall wear and various attendant details (call number label on spine, remnants of small rectangular labels on both front and rear covers, library property stamp on front pastedown, date-due slip and discard stamp on ffep); text from jacket flap glued to rear pastedown]. (B&W photographs, line drawings) Condensed versions of various classics, selected by various "famous children" (which for the most part actually means "children of famous people"). There are a number of movie-kids involved, e.g. the children of John Barrymore (Dolores and John Jr.), Harold Lloyd (Gloria, Peggy and Harold Jr.), Barbara Stanwyck (Dion), etc., and of course child stars, genuinely famous on their own: Freddie Bartholomew, Shirley Temple, Jane Withers. Plenty of other recognizable names pop out at you from the table of contents, such as Kitty-Clemens Gotwals (a cousin of Mark Twain), Ulysses S. Grant V (you figure that one out), Josepha Heifetz (daughter of Jascha), Jarvis Rockwell (Norman's son), Irving Thalberg Jr., Paul Whiteman Jr., Lawrence Tibbett Jr. -- you get it, Junior. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Quiz Kids Blue Book, {The Quiz Kids}
26 {The Quiz Kids} The Quiz Kids Blue Book
Akron OH/New York Saalfield Publishing Company (c.1941) Unstated ed Hardcover Good+ 
(pictorial boards, no dust jacket) [well-worn at edges/corners (boards exposed at corners), a couple of small peeled spots on rear cover, generally a good solid copy with clean text; pencilled word list on rear pastedown]. (B&W drawings) "Entertaining Questions and Answers" -- although the five kids pictured in the front cover photograph look anything but entertained by the whole enterprise. (It may be indicative of how expendable the "stars" of this popular radio program were that nowhere does the book identify the five kids pictured by name.) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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