The Funny Thing [INSCRIBED AND SIGNED]: Gag, Wanda The Funny Thing [INSCRIBED AND SIGNED]: Gag, Wanda The Funny Thing [INSCRIBED AND SIGNED]: Gag, Wanda

The Funny Thing [INSCRIBED AND SIGNED]

Gag, Wanda

Published by Coward-McCann, Inc, New York, 1929
Condition: g+ to vg Hardcover
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Oblong octavo. Unpaginated. [32]pp. Original illustrated dust-jacket over illustrated paper covered boards. Pictorial endpapers. Inside of front free endpaper inscribed and signed by Wanda Ga'g. Illustrated title page. "The Funny Thing" tells the story of a kindly little mountain gentleman named Bobo who devotes his life to feeding squirrels, birds, rabbits and mice. One day he encounters a beast who seems to be part dragon part dog and part giraffe - a vain, ill-mannered, preening creature who points out that he is not an "animal" but an "aminal." Ever cordial Bobo offers him a meal, but the Funny Thing turns up his nose at all the nut cakes, fine seed puddings, little cheeses and cabbage salads. The frustrated host finally asks his rude guest what he would like to eat and is horrified at the answer: dolls. Most drawings have been partly handcolored by previous owner. Minor age-toning and rubbing along edges of dust-jacket. DJ in overall good+, binding and interior in very good condition. About the author: Wanda Hazel Gág (1893-1946) was an American artist, author, translator and illustrator. A highly touted writer and illustrator of children's picture books, Gag was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Anton Gag, also an artist, and Lisse Gag. She married Earle Marshall Humphreys in 1930. She studied art at the St. Paul Institute of Arts, the Minneapolis School of Art, and the Art Students League in New York City. Gag began her career illustrating for the children's section of the Minneapolis Journal; first had her works exhibited at the Weyrhe Gallery, New York City, 1926; and created the text and drawings for her most famous work, Millions of Cats, in 1928. The book was a runner-up for the John Newbery Medal in 1929, won first prize at the Philadelphia Lithograph Show in 1930, and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958. Other important works include ABC Bunny (1933), another runner-up for the Newbery award in 1934; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a runner-up for the Caldecott award in 1939; and Nothing at All, also a runner-up for the Caldecott award in 1942. In 1993, the centennial of her birth was celebrated with special exhibits of her art and a number of evaluative articles. Bookseller Inventory # 38832

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Title: The Funny Thing [INSCRIBED AND SIGNED]

Publisher: Coward-McCann, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1929

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: g+ to vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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