Raggedy Andy Goes Sailing – Written and Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle
This book forms part of our ‘Pook Press’ imprint, celebrating the golden age of illustration in children’s literature.
‘Raggedy Andy Goes Sailing’ 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. This text forms part of ‘The Raggedy Andy Stories’, a sequel to original ‘Raggedy Ann Series.’ Raggedy Andy was actually Raggedy Anne’s brother, who (unlike his sister who was always attired in a dress and pinafore), dressed in a smart sailor suit and hat. Gruelle initially created the books for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him an old hand-made rag doll. He drew a face on it, and from his bookshelf, pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, combining the names of two poems, ‘The Raggedy Man’ and ‘Little Orphant Annie.’ From this moment on, the much-loved children’s series went from strength to strength. 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.