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The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – November 4, 2003
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Some of the Dover reprints of Thornton Burgess books have original Harrison Cady drawings, but many are crude redrawings by other artists. The ones by Theo Kliros are not too bad, but the ones by Pat Stewart are disappointing.
To get real Harrison Cady illustrations, 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 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.
The redrawings in this Dover edition are of the 6 Little, Brown illustrations.
I recommend the Grosset & Dunlap 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. On the other hand, the Little, Brown grayscale illustrations better show Cady's remarkable vision for Burgess' creatures, so if you can get both, that's ideal. But either one is better than the junk drawings in this Dover edition.
My daughter loves this book. I read it to her at bedtime. The book has short 3-4 page chapters in easy to read type that make for good nightly installments. She also likes the illustrations which I think are very descriptive and important to have in a children's book that speaks to audiences so young. I think that any child can get into this book in one way or the other, whether it's read to them, or read by themselves if they are old enough.
Darien Summers, author of The Mischievous Hare, a children's book.
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