Bradfield was born in White Bear, Minnesota, in 1924. He launched his career with the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then spent several years working in England and France, where he did humorous illustrations for Punch and Good Housekeeping magazines. He returned to the U.S. and opened his own commercial art studio in 1953. Among the many awards garnered at this stage of his career was the prestigious National Fashion Academy Gold Medal for his work in package design.
A successful creator of children's books, he has won awards for his writing and illustration in this field and has had his books chosen as Junior Literary Guild selections. Bradfield is perhaps best-known for writing and illustrating the comic strip Dooley's World, which was syndicated world-wide by King Features.
Upon retiring in 1988, Bradfield has been able to spend a great deal of time painting - mostly in watercolor. Since then he has sketched in Greece, Norway, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain and Mexico, gathering subjects for his paintings. He says, "When someone looks at one of my paintings I want them to get the impression that I had fun doing it and that I did it almost without effort. That's really the hardest part - making it look easy.
When asked of what he was most proud Bradfield answered easily, "My kids. There are five of them and they are all happy, successful and well-adjusted. More importantly, they love one another...and each has found a wonderful mate." When asked what he valued the most in life, he replied, "Same answer - my kids...along with my wife, Joan. I have absolutely no doubt that she is the sweetest, most agreeable person in the world."
great story my class loved it , teaches respect! Book was perfect condition....Published 26 days ago by mary carranza
This is a beautiful little gem of a story. It immediately went to my top ten list.Published 1 month ago by lavender
A delightful children's book that is equally enjoyable for adults. The humour is subtle and the illustrations are also very good. I would recommend it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by iowasenior73
How could I never have read this enchanting picture book? Pickle-Chiffon Pie by Jolly Roger Bradfield is filled with unique colorful illustrations and a delightful tale this book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by toobusyreading
This is one of the loveliest children's books ever. I was so glad to find it still available. I love seeing my 30-year-old son read it to my 14-month-old granddaughter.Published 2 months ago by Carmen M. Henesy
My elementary students from grades K-5 all LOVE Jolly Roger Bradfield and this is their favorite title. The illustrations are funny and useful for my young, often ELL, readers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Teach
It's a wonderful story with a wonderful message, plus it's full of fantastic and imaginative creatures and has a heart-warming ending.Published 3 months ago by Joanne Mennemeier
This was a book my husband remembered loving as a child so we bought it for our first-born son. Now he is 5 and the twins are 3 and they all enjoy this book. The story is great. Read morePublished 6 months ago by cvf
This book is used in the curriculum I use for home schooling my daughter in the first grade level.
Wish I could have just checked it out at the library, but it makes a good... Read more