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Written by Patricia Hall
Foreword by Joni Gruelle Wannamaker
Simon & Schuster, 2001
Hardcover w/dust jacket / 48 pages / 7" x 10"
Color and b&w illustrations
Limited Edition Print
Audience: Young adult-adult
ISBN 0-689-84336-4


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Johnny Gruelle's classic Raggedy Ann and Andy stories have warmed the hearts of children for decades. Ever since the first Raggedy Ann book rolled off the presses in 1918, readers have been eager to know more about the creator of these make-believe storybook characters. Now fans can learn the story behind the two shiny button-eyed dolls and their many friends, such as Uncle Clem, Cleety the Clown, Beloved Belindy, the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees, and Quacky Doodles.

Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Retrospective features the literary creations of one of the country's most adored children's writers and illustrators. Overflowing with vibrant, full-color illustrations by the artist and intimate family photographs, this book also contains a special centerfold of Gruelle's many storybook characters; a limited edition Raggedy Ann print, suitable for framing; and a personal foreword by Gruelle's granddaughter, Joni Gruelle Wannamaker. Come celebrate the world of Johnny Gruelle and Raggedy Ann in this retrospective gift book, and discover a world where candy grows on trees, towns are made of cookies, and fairy and folk magic reign supreme.


"This charming and well-produced book reflects on the beginnings of these two childhood favorites.... How nice that this wonderful children's literature can be enjoyed, once again."

-Children's Literature

"Johnny Gruelle found an ordinary rag doll in his parents' attic that sparked his creative juices, later becoming the inspiration for many stories to cheer his ailing daughter. In Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Retrospective Celebrating 85 Years of Storybook Friends by Patricia Hall, photographs, full-color illustrations and artifacts such as the tiny cardboard heart sewn inside the earliest dolls chronicle the evolution of Gruelle's enduring characters."

-Publisher's Weekly