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Series: The New York Review Children's Collection
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Jim at the Corner
by Eleanor Farjeon, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
These seafaring tales begin on a street corner where Jim, a retired sailor, spends his days, passing the time telling a curious boy named Derry about life aboard his ship, the Rockinghorse. In the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses and Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, Farjeon’s tales of talking sea serpents and stew-eating chimpanzees bring the far near and turn ordinary weather into an astronomical adventure. With pen-and-ink illustrations by the maritime master artist Edward Ardizzone, Jim at the Corner is an old-fashioned adventure for the eyes and the ears.by eleanor farjeon, illustrated by edward ardizzone
No one can tell stories like Eleanor Farjeon, and these do not disappoint...the book culminates in a satisfying final chapter that sees Derry surprising Jim with the perfect eightieth-birthday present. Imagination, adventure, and a host of animal encounters, humor, suspense, not to mention Ardizzone's scene-setting pen-and-ink vignette illustrations—this little book, first published in 1934, has oceans of appeal.
—Martha V. Parravano, The Horn Book Magazine
This is a good book for grandfathers—in fact for any relatives of youngsters whose constant plea is, ‘Tell us a story.’... Jim is an old-fashioned character with a repertoire of gentle humorous fantasies, and youngsters are likely to be back as regularly as Derry for more of these tales of magic islands in the fog and of rooks with a taste for Little Boy Pie.
—The New York Times
It is certain that when the history of children’s literature in our day is written Eleanor Farjeon will be one of its most important figures.
—Eileen H. Colwell
[An] endearing tale by two celebrated collaborators.