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William Pène du Bois

Author, Illustrator

(1916 - 1993)

William Pène du Bois

William Pène du Bois was an American author and illustrator. He was best known for The Twenty-One Balloons, published in April 1947 by The Viking Press. From 1953 to 1960, he worked with George Plimpton as the Art Editor for The Paris Review.

He died of a stroke on February 5, 1993, in Nice, France.



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The Alligator Case (1965)

When the circus comes to town three crooks arrive on the train. It is up to our hero, the town’s young detective, to solve the crime that is will be committed.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Anna Witch (1982)

Anna Witch can’t seem to learn her spells, but she can climb like a squirrel and run like a deer and has a good heart.

Author(s): Madeleine Edmondson
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Bear Circus (1971)

The real bears of Koala Park are save from starvation by their friends the kangaroos when the leaves on the gum trees are eaten by grasshoppers. To show their gratitude they put on a circus.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Bear in Mind. A Book of Bear Poems (1989)

This is a collection, informational, humorous and lyrical, about bears.

Author(s): Bobbye S. Goldstein
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Bear Party (1951)

In this first book William Pene du Bois introduces the bears of Koala Park who decide to reconcile their differences by having a grand costume ball.

1952

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Billy the Barber (1961)

Billy the Barber is just finishing his last day as a barber before he retires. Then he receives a present from his grateful customers. Does he really have to retire?

Author(s): Dorothy Kunhardt
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Call Me Bandicoot (1970)

Ermine Bandicoot has a plan to stand a two hundred foot tall cigarette next to the Statue of Liberty. He would also like to invite the leaders of the world to join La Cosa Nostril to further world peace.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Castles and Dragons, Read to Yourself Fairy Tales for Boys and Girls (1958)

This is a collection of fairy tales. Some are newly written, others are old friends in new dress. All are illustrated by William Pène du Bois.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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A Certain Small Shepherd (1965)

One snowy winter’s evening Christmas comes to Hurricane Gap. Jamie is ready with his crook, his cloak and his gifts to welcome the new born babe.

Author(s): Rebecca Caudill
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Digging for China (1970)

A little boy decides to dig a hole to China. Beautifully illustrated by William Pène du Bois.

Author(s): Richard Wilbur
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Dr. Ox’s Experiment (1963)

Dr. Ox decides to see what will happen if he increases the oxygen in the atmosphere of the town of Quinquendone. Even he is astonished at the results.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Elisabeth the Cow Ghost (1936)

Elisabeth was known as the sweetest and gentlest cow in Normandy, but deep down she wondered if she was really wild and fierce. She decides to come back as a ghost to find out.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Elisabeth the Cow Ghost (1964)

Elisabeth was known as the sweetest and gentlest cow in Normandy, but deep down she wondered if she was really wild and fierce. She decides to come back as a ghost to find out.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Fierce John (1959)

After a visit to the zoo, John decides to be a fierce lion. Do lions eat ice cream?

Author(s): Edward Fenton
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Flying Locomotive (1941)

Toto Number 2 wants to be a Swiss Flyer. When his fairy godmother gives him the power to fly, he helps Madame Suzie, the famous Swiss cow save a mountaineer in distress.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Forbidden Forest (1978)

How Spider Max, Lady Adelaide and Buckingham the bull dog end the war.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Gentleman Bear (1985)

Billy Browne-Browne and Bayard Bear have a long and exciting life together.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Giant (1954)

What would you think if you looked out your hotel window and saw an enormous eye looking at you? Senor Bill investigates and meets El Muchacho, a nine year old giant.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Giant Otto (1936)

Otto the giant otterhound and his friend Duke join the French Foreign Legion and singlehanded or pawed defeat the enemy.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Great Auk Escape (1974)

The seals were basking when Lucas took his little sister Sara to the Seal Pool. Dr. Frederick Fluke, amateur zoologist explains that they are protecting their friend the Great Auk.

Author(s): Peter Matthiesen
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Great Geppy (1940)

Every evening the safe at the Bott Bros. Three-Ring Circus is being robbed. This is obviously a job for the Great Geppy, a detective who can walk a tight-rope, be shot from a cannon, train lions, and blend in with the clowns and the freaks.

1940

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Hare and the Tortoise and The Tortoise and the Hare (1972)

Here are two stories of Tortoise and Hare. One on land is familiar. The sea story will be new to most.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Lee Po
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Harriet (1946)

Harriet pulls the delivery wagon for Sedgerow, Ltd. until her retirement to the country to live with Edward, ‘That Nice Young Man.’ To celebrate her first birthday in the country she receives a very special present.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Charles McKinley, Jr.
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Herbert’s Zoo and Other Lively Tales (1949)

Five stories with new illustrations, including Elisabeth the Cow Ghost by Pène du Bois and Mister A and Mister P by Bianco.

Author(s): Margery Williams Bianco
Thornton W. Burgess
William Pène du Bois
Et al
Illustrator(s): Julian

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The Horse in the Camel Suit (1967)

The young detective from “The Alligator Case” is back on the job in the case of the missing race horse.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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In France (1956)

Marguerite Clement gives a short history of France, a tour of her famous sites, a survey of her culture and something of the family life of the average French family in 1956

Author(s): Marguerite Clément
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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It’s Not Fair (1976)

Did you ever want to have what your friend had and be what she was? And then find out that she wanted to be like you and have what you had?

Author(s): Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Jexium Island (1957)

What is Jexium? Who are the children who mine it on an island in the Atlantic Ocean? Serge is determined to rescue his foster sister Angele from slavery to the Dogs.

Author(s): Madeleine Grattan
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Just My Size (1990)

Even after a young girl outgrows her new coat, it goes on and on.

Author(s): May Garelick
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead (1966)

Tommy Pumpkinhead’s all-electric house gets him up every morning, washes, dresses and feeds him. Then he spends the rest of the day climbing the stairs back to bed -- until the electricity goes out!

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Light Princess (1962)

Due to her father the king’s neglect to invite her aunt to the christening, that spiteful witch comes anyway and curses the infant princess so that she loses her gravity. This calls for the aid of a handsome prince, and an unusually selfless one rises to the challenge.

Author(s): George MacDonald
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Lion (1956)

Artist Foreman at the Animal Factory has an idea for a new animal. It’s name is ‘Lion.’ Now he has to find out what Lion looks like and what he says.

1957

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Little Red Riding Hood (1978)

Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit Grandmother, but my, what big teeth she has!

 

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Magic Finger (1966)

When Zak gets mad, her magic finger can do terrible things.

Author(s): Roald Dahl
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Moon Ahead (1951)

Noel and Sam stow away on the first British Empire-American Moon Society rocket, and then the adventure begins.

1951

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Leslie Greener
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Mother Goose for Christmas (1973)

It’s the day before Christmas and two strangers have locked Mother Goose and Goosey Gander in the old Queen of Hearts Bakery. What are the concerned villagers to do?

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Mousewife (1951)

The Mousewife befriends a turtledove in a cage who tells her about the world outside. She learns what it is to fly and sees the stars. Based on a story by Dorothy Wordsworth, sister to the poet.

Author(s): Rumer Godden
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Moving Day (1976)

A little girl and her family move to a new house. Don’t forget to bring Bear.

Author(s): Tobi Tobias
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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My Brother Bird (1954)

The Bennett family welcomes a pigeon into their midst.

Author(s): Evelyn Ames
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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My Grandson Lew (1974)

Lew remembers his grandfather who came to stay when his parents were away.

Author(s): Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Night Book (1985)

A little girl discovers the beauty of the night.

 

Author(s): Mark Strand
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Otto and the Magic Potatoes (1970)

Otto the giant otter hound and his friend Duke are on vacation. Otto finds a use for Baron Backgammon’s giant potatoes and saves the Village of Backgammon.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Otto at Sea (1936)

While on a good-will trip to America, Otto the giant otterhound saves the passengers and crew of the good ship Caesar and earns his second medal.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Otto at Sea (1958)

While on a good-will trip to America, Otto, the giant otterhound saves the passengers and crew of the good ship Caesar and earns his second medal. William Pene du Bois has drawn new illustrations for this edition.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Otto in Africa (1961)

William Pene du Bois has drawn new illustrations for Otto’s first adventure in which he defeats Abou the Fierce and his one hundred seventy bandits.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Otto in Texas (1959)

Giant Otto and his friend Duke pay a visit to Texas. Otto unearths a gang of rustlers and earns a Texas sized medal.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Owl and the Pussy Cat (1961)

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat set out to sea with some honey and plenty of money, but where is the ring and the runcible spoon?

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Peter Graves (1950)

After Peter Graves (accidentally) destroys Houghton Furlong’s home, he feels an obligation to help him rebuild it. The fun begins when Peter starts thinking up ways to use the fabulous antigravity alloy, Furloy.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Planet of Lost Things (1982)

Luke travels in his space ship to the planet where all the lost things go.

Author(s): Mark Strand
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Poison Belt (1964)

Professor Challenger, back from his exploration of The Lost World, discovers that the Earth is about to pass through a poisonous belt of gas, with possibly disastrous consequences.

Author(s): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Porko Von Popbutton (1969)

Pat O’Sullivan Pinkerton is appointed manager of the hockey team but what he really wants is to play goalie and “Beat the Queen!”

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Pretty, Pretty Peggy Moffitt (1968)

Pretty Pretty Peggy Moffit spends so much time looking at herself that she is constantly falling down, bumping into things and injuring herself. Is this any way to become a movie star?

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Rabbit’s Umbrella (1955)

This is the story of a streetcar, a thimble factory, a gang of robbers, a boy who wanted a dog, and a rabbit with an umbrella.

Author(s): George Plimpton
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Runaway Flying Horse (1976)

The little carousel horse decides to try his luck in the world, but decides his true place is with the carousel.

Author(s): Paul Jacques Bonzon
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Seal Pool (1972)

The seals were basking when Lucas took his little sister Sara to the Seal Pool. Dr. Frederick Fluke, amateur zoologist explains that they are protecting their friend the Great Auk.

Author(s): Peter Matthiesen
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Short Reign of Pipin IV: A Fabrication (1957)

The French decide to re-institute a monarchy and select Pippin Arnulf Heristal, a retired astronomer and hereditary heir to the throne, to fill the role.

Author(s): John Steinbeck
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Sick Day (1979)

When Emily is sick her father takes care of her and she returns the favor.

Author(s): Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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S.O.S. Geneva (1939)

Three young children whose homes have been destroyed when the Danube River floods, make their way to Geneva to get help from the United Nations.

Author(s): Richard Plant
Oskar Seidlin
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Squirrel Hotel (1952)

The author meets an elderly man at the park who is presenting a performance of his Bee Orchestra and learns about the Squirrel Hotel. Have you seen it?

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Story Parade A Collection of Modern Stories for Boys and Girls (1936)

This story collection includes ‘The Brave Automobiles’ by Antoniorrobles with illustrations by William Pene du Bois.

Author(s): Emily Dickinson
William Pène du Bois
Antonio Robles
Et al
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois
Lois Lenski
Helen Sewell
Lynd Ward
Et al

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The Three Little Pigs (1962)

This is a delightful retelling of the story of the three little pigs in verse.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Three Policemen or, Young Bottsford of Farbe Island (1938)

The ingenuity of ten-year-old Bottsford enables the three clownish policemen of an isolated idyllic isle to catch thieves who have been stealing the islanders’ fish and fishing nets.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Three Policemen or, Young Bottsford of Farbe Island (1960)

The ingenuity of ten-year-old Bottsford enables the three clownish policemen of an isolated idyllic isle to catch thieves who have been stealing the islanders’ fish and fishing nets.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Tiger in the Teapot (1968)

When Mama finds a Tiger in the teapot, no one knows what to do. Josie finally finds a solution satisfactory to everyone.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Betty Yurdin
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Topsy Turvy Emperor of China (1971)

The evil emperor of China, Cho Cho Shang declared that everything called just and beautiful be called unjust and ugly and everything that is considered mean and hideous be declared fair and lovely. His empress is just as bad and they both of them come to a bad end and are replaced by their son Ling Ling and his bride, Min Lu.

Author(s): Isaac Bashevis Singer
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Twenty and Ten (1964)

During the Occupation of France by the Germans in World War II, twenty children at a Catholic school hide ten Jewish children from the Nazis.

Author(s): Claire Huchet Bishop
William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Twenty-One Balloons (1948)

Professor William Waterman Sherman left San Francisco on August 15th, 1883 with the intention of flying across the Pacific Ocean. He was picked up three weeks later in the Atlantic Ocean clinging to the wreckage of a platform which had been flown through the air by twenty balloons. His only stop between San Francisco and the Atlantic Ocean was a brief sojourn on the island of Krakatoa, which blew up just after he left it in what is considered to be the most violent eruption of all time.

1948
1948

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Unfriendly Book (1974)

Bertha and Judy are best friends. Or are they?

Author(s): Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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We Came A-Marching . . . 1, 2, 3 (1978)

Here is a counting rhyme in one dozen languages.

Author(s): Mildred Hobzek
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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Where’s Gomer? (1974)

The Ark is ready to sail but Noah’s grandson Gomer is nowhere to be found.

Author(s): Norma Farber
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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William’s Doll (1972)

William’s father gives him a train set, but only his grandmother understands why he wants a doll.

Author(s): Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Witch of Scrapfaggot Green (1948)

The twins are fascinated when a big American bulldozer visits their small English village, but when she digs up the witch amazing things begin to happen.

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Patricia Gordon
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Young Visiters, or Mr Salteena’s Plan (1951)

This Victorian novel was written by its author at the age of nine and became a bestseller when first published in 1919.

Author(s): Daisy Ashford
William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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