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A sturdy koala bear, Kelly; an engaging doll, Dot; and a tiny, demure mouse, Esmeralda, who live quietly on top of a chest of drawers in the nursery, wake just at midnight to begin their adventures. They climb into an inviting picture on the wall that shows a charming landscape with a river running through it and a rowboat drawn up on the bank. But the delights of a village fair they visit turn to terror when Esmeralda is caught by a piratical cat -- and only Dot's quick wit and the boldest action on Kelly's part save all three of them from disaster.
Told entirely through lovely watercolor pictures, without words and with the effective use of half-pages to heighten the excitement, this luminous and imaginative story is filled with fresh delights for the many admirers of John S. Goodall's work. Its delicate charm and drama-in-miniature will win for him a host of new friends, young and old.
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John S. Goodall was born in Norfolk, England, and began to draw and paint when he was four years old. He attended the Royal Academy School of Art in London and began painting in watercolors in India during World War II. Upon his return to England, he painted portraits of members of the royal family. Mr. Goodall created his first children's books informally for his daughter and granddaughter, devising a new format in which he alternated full and half pages of watercolor illustration. In all, Goodall created more than thirty-five wordless picture books for children, including stories about Paddy Pork, Shrewbettina, and Naughty Nancy, as well as such titles as The Story of a Farm, The Story of a Main Street, and Great Days of a Country House.
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Book Description Macmillan Children's Books, 1972. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0333142926