Friendly Fairies – Written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle
‘Friendly Fairies’ is written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle. Gruelle (1880 – 1930), was an American artist and political cartoonist, as well as a children’s book illustrator and author. Gruelle is best known for his ‘Raggedy Ann Series’, which chart the adventures of a little doll with red yarn for hair and a triangle nose. This particular story does not feature Raggedy Ann, instead presenting fifteen unique fairy stories, including ‘The Three Little Gnomes’, ‘Mr and Mrs Thumbkins’, ‘The Wishbone’, ‘Tim Tim TamyTam’ and ‘A Change of Coats.’ Together, the stories provide entertainment as well as moral lessons to their young audiences; to be kind to those you meet, to always be generous, and to help those that need it. Sought after by collectors, this re-printed edition showcases Gruelle’s original text, further enhanced by his wonderful colour drawings, in order that the two may be fully appreciated by young and old alike.
Pook Press are working to republish these classic works in affordable, high quality, colour editions, using the original text and artwork so these works can delight another generation of children.