About the Author

Dorothy Kunhardt is a very influential American author of children's books designed to be read to small children. When most children's books were moralistic young adult novels, Kunhardt was writing books like Junket is Nice and Pat the Bunny with handwritten text, funny repetitious words, and things to touch and feel inside the books. She used “noble nonsense that, like Lear's, could be at once ridiculous and poignant” (Bader, 71).


Bader, Barbara. American Picture Books: From Noah's Ark to the Beast Within (Macmillan, 1976).

Loganberry Legacy

Junket is Nice is a hot item among collectors, but Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather ranks right up there with the Baby Boomer memories of kid books. Consequently, I have many requests for both and am always seeking these titles. The 2000 reprint of Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather has gone out of print, again. Alas.


Select Bibliography

* designates a title still in print

  • Brave Mr. Buckingham. Harcourt Brace, 1935.
  • Gas Station Gus. Illustrated by Janina Domanska. Harper & Brothers, 1962.
  • Junket is Nice. Harcourt Brace, 1933. Reprinted by Bookstore Press in 1980 as *Pudding is Nice.
  • *Kitty's New Doll. LGB #210-63, 1984.
  • Little Ones. Illustrated by Kurt Wiese. Viking, 1935.
  • Little Pee Wee, the Circus Dog, or, Now Open the Box. Illustrated by J.P. Miller. LGB #52, 1948.
  • Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather. Illustrated by J.P. Miller. Harcourt Brace, 1935. Simon and Schuster, 1951. LGB #122
  • Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather and Other Funny Stories: The Best of Dorothy Kunhardt. Illustrated by J.P. Miller and Garth Williams. Golden Press, 1973. A Big Golden Book.
  • Now Open the Box. Harcourt Brace, 1934.
  • Once There Was a Little Boy. Illustrated by Helen Sewell. Viking, 1946.
  • *Pat the Bunny. Golden Books, 1940. A Touch and Feel Book.
  • The Scarebunny (retitled The Friendly Bunny). Illustrated by Kathy Wilburn. LGB #209-59 and #209-61, 1985.
  • The Telephone Book. Golden Books. Reissued 1998. A Touch and Feel Book.
  • Tiny Animal Stories. Illustrated by Garth Williams. Simon and Schuster, 1948. 12 Tiny Golden Books in a box.
  • Tiny Nonsense Stories. Illustrated by Garth Williams. Simon and Schuster, 1949. 12 Tiny Golden Books in a box.
  • Wise Old Aard-Vark. Viking, 1936.

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