Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Paddy Pork series (John S. Goodall)

The Paddy Pork series

John S. Goodall

Browsing through the Easy Fiction section of the library, I stumbled across this series of small books for small children and was instantly added to what appears to be a faithful following of Goodall's illustrations. The delicate artwork and sheer charm of the little pig's adventures remind me strongly of the Little Bear series, but the darkness of some illustrations is all British. Goodall was an artist who used sympathetic flair and painstaking detail to create small books without text but filled with story. Here is the first one.

The Adventures Of Paddy Pork

1968, Harcourt, Brace & World

In the first of the Paddy Pork series, a little pig runs off to join the circus and falls afoul of a treacherous (and quite scary) fox. When at last he finds the circus folk, he discovers that home's best.

About the Author

John Strickland Goodall


Obituary in The Independent



Other books

The Adventures of Paddy Pork

The Ballooning Adventures of Paddy Pork

Paddy's Evening Out

Paddy Pork's Holiday

Paddy's New Hat

Paddy Finds a Job: A Pop-Up Story

Paddy Pork--Odd Jobs

Paddy Under Water

Paddy to the Rescue

The Story Of An English Village

An Edwardian Summer

An Edwardian Christmas

An Edwardian Season

An Edwardian Holiday

Edwardian Entertainment

Victorians Abroad

Naughty Nancy

Naughty Nancy Goes To School

Naughty Nancy: The Bad Bridesmaid

Shrewbettina's Birthday

Shrewbettina Goes To Work: A Pop Up Story

The Story Of An English Village

The Story Of A Main Street

The Story Of A Farm

The Story Of A Castle

Creepy Castle

Before The War 1908-1939

Lavina's Cottage

Great Days Of A Country House

The Surprise Picnic

The Midnight Adventures Of Kelly, Dot And Esmeralda

Above And Below Stairs

Little Red Riding Hood

Whitby Abbey


John S. Goodall's Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty

Kelly Dot and Esmerelda

Paddy Pork: Odd Jobs


Field-Mouse House


Many of the Fairacre and Thrush Green books published under the pseudonym Miss Read (Dora Saint) were illustrated by Goodall.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Horatio (1968)


Eleanor Clymer, il. Robert Quackenbush

1968, Atheneum

Mrs. Casey was very kind. Too kind. She was kind to everybody, even strangers. One rainy day she took in a stray puppy. He was cold and hungry, and she gave him some bread and milk and rubbed him with a towel.

But what did she do then? Did she open the door and send him on his way? No, indeed. She let him stay.

"We'll call him Sam," she said. "He'll be company for you, Horatio."

Horatio didn't want company.

The little story in this early reader book is very good, but the illustrations are superlative. A cranky orange cat, annoyed at his kind-hearted owner for taking in other pets, becomes lost and finds himself playing nurse to a pair of alley kittens.

About the Author


Born in New York City, she attended Barnard and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1928. She wrote nearly 60 books.

Other books - Horatio series

Leave Horatio Alone

Horatio's Birthday

Horatio Goes To The Country

Horatio Solves A Mystery

Other books

The Trolley Car Family

Sociable Toby

My Brother Stevie

The Tiny Little House

Hamburgers And Ice Cream For Dessert

Harry The Wild West Horse


de Grummond collection

About the Illustrator