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Book Title: Raggedy Ann in Cookie Land|
The author of the book: Johnny Gruelle
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.41 MB
Edition: Bobbs-Merrill Company
Date of issue: 1960
ISBN: No data
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Read full description of the books Raggedy Ann in Cookie Land:Back in the seventies, I remember babysitting a friend's daughter. She was about 8 and I was in my mid-teens, and instead of using the B Word, her mom told her that we were going to have a sleepover while she and her husband were away. That worked--her pride was saved, and I got paid (on the way home the next day). Anyway, after bathtime came the bedtime story, and the little girl asked me to read her the beginning of this book. The illustrations were interesting, and the story caught my attention--Raggedy Ann and Andy were enjoying a revival in the doll market just then, and I had had no idea there were books about them! However I only read the first few pages. Time passed and I vaguely remembered the story and wondered how it ended.
Now I know. It's an odd little down-the-rabbit-hole story in which the Raggedies find themselves in a magical edible land, way before Willy Wonka! There's the bad goblin who runs around trying to make trouble and grind people up to make noodle soup or sausages, which wouldn't work because everyone but the rag dolls is made of cookies and candy! And so is everything else! It was a funny little book until about half way through, when things start to get repetitive and Raggedy Ann, instead of taking everything with optimism and a chuckle, starts getting very saccherine and sententious on the subject of "the flowers in friendship's garden" and such as that. Glurge. I also found the ending truncated and therefore not-too-believable even for a kids' book of 1931; I got the definite impression the writer had run out of ideas and just chopped the ending off with the obligatory triumph of niceness over meanness.
I was amused, however, by the minor product placement (Raggedy Ann actually mentions "Nabiscos"!! I bet she means vanilla wafers. You could get away with that in those days) and some of the vintage kids' slang: Andy mentions that something will happen, sure pop! and both speak of "real-for-sure" animals etc. "Kindly" seems to be Mr Gruelle's favourite positive adjective to apply to people, as it occurs at least once a page.
An okay read for undemanding, doll-loving little girls under 8, with lovely illustrations and some rather silly ideas about food. Did you know it's easier to think if you have icecream first? No, that's not one of the silly ideas; I've always known it. It's nice to have documented evidence, though.
Read information about the authorJohnny Gruelle was an American artist, political cartoonist, children's book author and illustrator (and even songwriter). He is known as the creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. He had such confidence in his design that often he would create the final ink work without first sketching in pencil.
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