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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
Like the award-winning The Little Bookroom, Eleanor Farjeon’s Jim at the Corner is a collection of loosely related stories, perfect for reading aloud. These seafaring tales begin on a street corner in London, where Jim, a retired sailor, spends his days, passing the time telling a curious boy named Derry about life aboard his ship, the Rocking Horse. 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 astrological 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.
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
[An] endearing tale by two celebrated collaborators.
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.... The secret of her appeal to the imaginative child is not far to seek.... She has the child’s sense of wonder and expectancy, his readiness to accept what he cannot understand.
—Eileen H. Colwell