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Adventures of Reddy Fox Paperback – July 6, 2010
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Some of the other titles in this Dover series of Thornton Burgess books do have original Harrison Cady illustrations.
To get real Harrison Cady illustrations of this title, you'll have to buy a used book. There were two sets of original Harrison Cady illustrations for this title:
-- Published by Little, Brown, with 6 full-page grayscale illustrations.
-- Published by Little, Brown, with 10 full-page color illustrations.
-- Published by Grosset & Dunlap, with 14 full-page line drawings, including line-drawing versions of all 6 original grayscale illustrations in the Little, Brown editions, plus many smaller line drawings. Also a paperback version of this published under the name "Tempo".
The redrawings in this Dover edition are of the 6 Little, Brown grayscale illustrations.
On the other hand, the cover illustration is one of only four special paintings Cady did of Burgess animals. As far as I know, the four Dover titles that have them are the first editions to use them. The price of the book is worth it for that cover alone.
I recommend the Grosset & Dunlap (and Tempo) editions. Cady did them decades later, after he had grown as an artist. Even though the Grosset & Dunlap line drawings are simpler than the Little, Brown grayscale illustrations, they are more charming.Read more ›
These are the reasons I like this book:
1. It's funny
2. It teaches good lessons
3. It made me imagine. (I even wrote my own sequel.)
I have read many Thornton W. Burgess books and this is my favorite. He is my favorite author.
I wanted to like it. I genuinely enjoy most "old" books (written before 1950 or so), so I was excited to read it with my children. The story itself is fun, and the writing style is engaging. I felt that the dialog was awkward - very heavily accented stereotypical "Southern" speak. ("Ah reckon it's jes' like Ah said: Reddy Fox is gwine to meet trouble right smart soon." p. 17) The young boy in the story carries around a gun and shoots (but doesn't kill) the fox, which was a little surprising for me to come across in a book intended for the very young, but my children seemed ok with an explanation of the differences in culture and practicality. So, we pressed on through that, too. Then there was the very confusing use of the name "Peter Rabbit" for a character that is not in any way related to Beatrix Potter's books, but again - we kept reading.
However, then I came to page 56.
"Ah hope he doan meet up with mah ol' woman or any of my li'l' p***anin****. Ah'm plumb afraid of a boy with a gun, Ah am. 'Pears like he don't have any sense. Ah reckon Ah better be moving along..." I had to stop and close the book. For those of you NOT familiar with the term above, it is a racial slur for African-American children. I had initially included links as explanation, but Amazon wouldn't allow it. Interesting to note that Amazon's review selection considered that word profane and wouldn't let me post this review until I censored it. What does that tell you?Read more ›
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I LOVE Thornton Burgess books! And this edition is perfect to read if you don't have the actual book.Published 6 months ago by sheree00
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I grew up on these and LOVED them! Never tired of hearing them over and over again. If you read to your children or grandchildren, you'll want them all.Published 7 months ago by greatexpectations