(1900 - 1978)
Tibor Gergely (1900-1978) was an artist best known for his work in several popular children’s books. Born in Budapest in 1900, he studied art briefly in Vienna before emigrating to the United States in 1939, where he settled in New York City.
Largely a self-taught artist, he also contributed several covers of The New Yorker, mostly during the 1940s. Among the most popular children’s books Gergely illustrated are The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, Busy Day Busy People, The Little Red Caboose, The Fire Engine Book, Tootle, Five Little Firemen, Five Hundred Animals from A to Z, and Scuffy the Tugboat.
Many of his better known books were published by Little Golden Books. His best work is collected in The Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories. Gergely died in 1978, in New York.
As of 2001, Tootle was the all-time third best-selling hardcover children’s book in English, and Scuffy the Tugboat was the eighth all-time bestseller.
Animal Friends All Year Long (1969)
Two dozen stories and poems about the animals of River Bend.
Animal Gym (1956)
What would happen at school if elephants walked the balance beam, monkeys climbed all over the monkey bars, and tigers went up the rope?
Animal Orchestra (1958)
Animal friends get together to make some music.
Animal Stories (1957)
Animal Story Parade (1951)
A collection of stories from Story Parade magazine.
Short informative articles about many different animals accompanied by colored pictures.
Pictures and stories of baby wild animals.
Bobby and His Airplanes (1949)
Bobby wants to fly higher and higher as he tries different means of aerial transport.
Bobo the Barrage Balloon (1943)
A story about what a barrage balloon does to protect its country.
Busy Day, Busy People (1973)
A pictorial exploration of work from the farm to the circus.
An anthology of Christmas stories and poems featuring many of the Golden Book artists and writers.
Christopher and the Columbus (1951)
The captain and crew of the ferry boat Columbus rescue three castaways.
Circus Time (1948)
Molly and her Daddy spend the day at the circus. Later editions have more color but fewer pages.
While children are playing their daddies are working to make sure there is food on the table, clothes to wear and a roof over their heads.
A Day at the Zoo (1950)
This celebration of the zoo includes a song. Later editions have fewer pages.
A Day In the Jungle (1943)
A little gray mouse gets the jungle animals to help his rid his house of a dangerous monster.
The Deep Blue Sea (1958)
An introduction to oceanography.
An animal picture book with science activities.
Dog in the Sky (1952)
When Runyon Jones’ dog Pootzy ends up in Purgatory, he is determined to get him back.