The Art of Book Design: Uncle Wiggily’s Rheumatism

Howard R. Garis. Uncle Wiggily’s Rheumatism. New York, A. L. Burt company, 1920

It’s Children’s Book Saturday and I love the cover of this book. Uncle Wiggily is a very dapper looking rabbit with sparkling pink eyes that shine. I took the time to read a bit of this book and the stories are just as charming. Uncle Wiggily is a rabbit who has adventures and he and the other characters in the book are sweetly portrayed for a young audience.

Unfortunately, the artwork inside the book is a bit disappointing. The animals are more realistically drawn and lose some of the charm of the cover. The colours are also dull and uninspired. There are also only 4 illustrations in the book. I had hoped for more from an edition of this date. If you’d like to see the artwork, I’ve included it below the fold. There are apparently more Uncle Wiggily books out there and you may see another title down the road.

Frontispiece, Uncle Wiggily’s Rheumatism.

Page 98, Uncle Wiggily’s Rheumatism.

Page 132, Uncle Wiggily’s Rheumatism.

Page 170, Uncle Wiggily’s Rheumatism.


via: The Library of Congress

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