Tom potts was fooling around with a gun (such follie should not be), when--bang, the pesky thing went off most unexpectedly. And the reader is started on the trail of Tom Pott's bullet, which leads him through all sorts of unexpected scenes and adventures, each funnier that the last, until, finally, the bullet meets something that can stop it--luckily for Tom because "it might have gone clean around the world and killed him on the spot." No child could fail to be fascinated by the novelty of this book, and the humor of verse and drawings is irresistible.
"Tom Potts was fooling with a gun
(Such follies should not be),
When—bang! The pesky thing went off
Long before Richard Scarry or Dr. Seuss, an American artist delighted a generation of children and their parents with hilarious, topsy-turvy illustrations and slightly subversive tales told in rhyme. This was illustrator/author Peter Newell.
Originally published in 1908, The Hole Book remains as profoundly enjoyable and incredibly popular as ever. With humorous text and irresistible drawings, this classic work will delight readers of all ages with the story of Tom Potts' bullet, which leads him through all sorts of unexpected scenes and adventures, each funnier than the last.
Peter Newell (1862-1924) began his career as an artist drawing portraits, using crayons as his medium. In his fantastic humor, many believe, is the first appearance of the gentle humor of the absurd which The New Yorker has subsequently developed to such a high level.
Peter Newell (1862 –1924) began his career painting portraits, using crayons as a medium, before turning to children's book. Besides his own books, Newell illustrated Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. He is the author of the Tuttle Classics The Hole Book, The Slant Book, and The Rocket Book.
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