Little Bertram, he’s always wishing he had his very own fabulous animals—creatures you only hear about in stories or read about in books. And lucky for Bertram, they seem to appear right in front of him!
Last time we visited Bertram, his funny animals were awfully busy causing mayhem for him and his mamma. These days he’s a little older, and he’s busy hunting for buried treasure with the help of a griffin, hatching a baby dinosaur from its egg, soaring over his town with a roc, and palling around with a miki-miki (an animal whose diet is entirely filled with candy). His old friends Ginny Banning and George Fish help him along the way, joining in the fun and trouble. His mamma is still as baffled by Bertram as ever. Baby Sam gets caught up in the chaos once again. And his daddy is there to save the day, when he gets back from business in Omaha, of course.
Author Paul T. Gilbert has filled Bertram and His Fabulous Animals, first published in 1937, with ten tales of Bertram’s imaginative antics. Drawings by Minnie H. Rousseff and Barbara Maynard illustrate his adventures with a dragon, griffin, squeazle-weasel, unicorn, mermaid, anting-anting, dinosaur, roc, and miki-miki, as well as everyone’s favorite winged horse, Pegasus.
About the AUTHOR
Paul T. Gilbert (1876–1953) was, for the first half of the twentieth century, a career newspaperman, most notably for the Chicago Evening Post. During his years as a columnist and feature writer, Gilbert interviewed many celebrities of the day and, as a lifelong circus enthusiast, took on stints as a circus acrobat, animal trainer, and clown. In the early 1930s he created the Bertram stories, which he modeled after family and friends, including his wife, Ilse, and their two sons, Paul Jr. and Peter. Child Life magazine published nearly seventy of the now-classic tales.