Meet Donald, a little boy who has little adventures that to him are very big indeed. In Donald and the . . .
, Donald finds a crawly creature. His mother lets him keep it in a jar, but soon it disappears. Donald takes to bed with painful ribs. But when he’s all better, he looks in the jar and discovers a fine surprise. In Donald Has a Difficulty
, when Donald hurts his leg, his mother (as wise as she is kind) knows just what to do. And Donald learns what hurts and what doesn’t—and that surprises him, too.About the ARTIST
Edward St. John Gorey was a Harvard grad, a brilliant artist, a celebrated set and costume designer (his costumes for a Broadway production of Dracula
earned him a Tony Award), a lover of animals (particularly cats) and the arts (he seldom missed a performance of the New York City Ballet), and an avid deltiologist—an obscure word so Gorey—like you might think he invented it himself (it means “a collector of postcards”). His humorously unsettling drawings of vaguely Victorian innocents often facing unfortunate ends became familiar to a wide audience after appearing in the opening credits of the PBS television series Mystery
!About the AUTHOR
Peter F. Neumeyer (b. 1929) is the author, editor, or translator of more than a dozen books of prose and poetry for children and adults. His collaborations with Edward Gorey include Donald and the . . .
, Donald Has a Difficulty
, and Why We Have Day and Night
. The personal correspondence between Neumeyer and Gorey is collected in Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer
. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.