The Surprise Party

HUTCHINS, Pat (author and illustrator). The Surprise Party.

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HUTCHINS, Pat (author and illustrator). The Surprise Party. London; The Bodley Head. 1970.

Landscape 4to. Original pictorial white boards, protected by repeat dustwrapper with wrap-around design; pp. [32]; brightly illustrated throughout in colours; a fine copy protected by an uncommonly fresh, unclipped dustwrapper (90p) with some light spotting, and pale toning, to spine and to areas of lower panel; elusive in this condition.
First UK edition, published in New York the previous year. An inventive and infectious picture book, by the author of the classic Rosie's Walk, which invites the child reader to join in the fun as the simple message "Rabbit is having a party tomorrow. It's a surprise" is passed between woodland creatures with incremental distortions. The copy of the British literary critic Margery Fisher (1913-1992) with her ink ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Fisher was the recipient of the Eleanor Farjeon Award and is internationally recognised for her work promoting excellent literature for children.