THE STORY OF JACKIE THIMBLE by James; Illus. Edward Ardizzone Reeves

THE STORY OF JACKIE THIMBLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The bouncing rhyme follows the adventure of a tiny boy so small he could it into an English pillar post box. After climbing in to investigate one, he is nadvertently locked in until the next mail collection. Singing to keep up his courage, he collects money tossed in by intrigued passers-by which he finally delivers to his aged parents who exist in a peculiarly Victorian kind of poverty which is heavily conveyed by the illustrator. The incident and characters described are incredible without being made meaningful or amusing through the rhyme for the illustrations. This seems to be another casualty of the trans-Atlantic crossing with appeal only for Anglophiles with antiquarian leanings.

Pub Date: Feb. 29th, 1964
Publisher: Dutton