Friday, March 13, 2009

Sir Toby Jingle's Beastly Journey

Sir Toby Jingle's Beastly Journey
Wallace Tripp ~ Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1976


Really, I don't know how many of you out there are mired in the last day of Spring Break with two inches of rain on the ground, but TGIF, totally! A 49 cent find, I bought this book because it reminds me of Bill Peet and my son does like knights and anytime he sees a bird head (see griffin on cover) on anything, he has to have it. (Many a thrift store shopper has been annoyed at my son and me... two peas in a pod spread out in front of the book rack, generally laughing and looking and reading and making a nuisance of ourselves, blocking the way of the world.) I'm not usually prone to like anything that includes a little hairy ogre, but hey... I'm learning to like boy things. Still praising the heavens I don't have to spend a million hours a day reading princess books. So... moving on...

There's this knight, see...

Sir Toby Jingle was a knight who had done every brave thing from jabbing giants to trouncing trolls. Year and after year ghastly creatures would slink out of Grimghast Forest and terrorize the peaceful villages. And year after year Sir Toby would send them howling and limping back.

In time the creatures came to think he had magical powers. When he heard of these preposterous imaginings, Sir Toby would laugh, for he knew his success was due to the skill of long practice and his sharp wits, nothing more.


...but the dude is getting old, old, old! Too old, in fact, so he sits down at his desk to plan his last adventure. In the pages that follow, he outsmarts the aforementioned griffin and ogre as well as a bear, a one-eyed tiger and a dragon.... and in turn, sets up a rather ingenious retirement plan for himself.

The perfect adventure book for a rainy day. Sigh.

Also by:
"Stand Back," Said the Elephant. "I'm Going to Sneeze!"

7 comments:

Meng said...

Hey, Scribbler. Sir Toby Jingle's Beastly Journey is a great book. I remember finding it in my school's library when I was probably too old to be looking in the picture books section and I loved it. I kept the book out of circulation for a better part of the year.

Anyway, I found your site through BoingBoing and have been meaning to tell you for a while I enjoy your reviews very much. Thank you.

scribbler said...

you're never too old for the picture book section.... ;)

Señor Tripp said...

By an incredible coincidence, I happened to look this book up on the Internet today -- and here's a lovely review. I'm fond of it too. But I would be-- I'm the Benjamin in the dedication, Wallace Tripp's son.

Cheers!

scribbler said...

SENOR.... you know what's really weird... ? I wanted to include that picture with the ogre and the wolf, and almost cropped the "for ben" out... but then at the last minute thought better of it....

serendipity....

we just bought "stand back said the elephant I'm going to sneeze" today and my son announced tonight that it was his new favorite....

thanks for commenting and stopping by!

Swati said...

Oh, that elephant book is hilarious! Glad I have at least one book that you are going to be talking about :)

And, am impressed by the coincidence here above.

Also, because I suddenly remembered, I had sent you a review of this elephant book when you asked for guest reviews - did you get it or did it land in your spam bin?

scribbler said...

no way swati! that's awesome... let me check my spam now! I'll let you know!

Anonymous said...

trippgallery.com has original sketches and a few out of print books in mint condition by Wallace Tripp...enjoy.

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