Homer and the Circus Train


Author: Hardie Gramatky


Illustrator: Hardie Gramatky


GRAMATKY, Hardie. Homer and the Circus Train. NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons [1957]. 8vo, [64]pp. Red cloth pictorially stamped in black. Color pictorial endpapers; color illustrations throughout. Spine ends a bit rubbed, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (a couple of very small chips, some light edge wear). Signed by the author, Hardie Gramatky, with a drawing of Homer and a Giraffe on train tracks.

First edition. A wonderful picture book from the author of Little Toot.  Homer is a train caboose and one of the best in the business. He has a coat of red paint, and a gleam in his eye, and he carries himself with pride. The only trouble is that Homer’s job as end man on the train causes him to ride backwards. But when the coupling that links the train to the engine breaks while they’re ascending a steep mountain, Homer finds himself in front as the train races back down the mountain. Can Homer save the day?