1903 · Chicago
It scarcely needs to be stated that William Wallace Denslow (1856-1915) is justly celebrated as one of the most original children's book illustrators of his day, immortalized by his iconic illustrations of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
The present work is one of "Denslow's Picture Books" series, which were designed to eliminate "all coarseness, cruelty, and everything that might frighten children" from his picture books. If the implication is that nome of the illustrations in the present volume are scary, we would respectfully disagree.
CONTENTS: One Ring Circus (in which little Peter Funnybone falls asleep in the hayloft and dreams of a wonderful and fantastic circus that arrives in his yard), The Zoo (in which Peter Funnybone tells stories about the zoo to his sister Sue), 5 Little Pigs (the last page is dated at "Inverurie, Paget West, Bermuda, June Fifth, 1903), Tom Thumb, A.B.C. Book (in which the Scarecrow and Tin-Man appear under the letters "S" and "T" respectively), Jack and the Bean-Stalk.
The first edition of this work was published in 1902 by G.W. Dillingham, New York. Cf. Greene & Hearn, W.W. Denslow, 31. (Inventory #: 2898)