New York: Harper & Row, 1966. Large 8vo in publishers decorated hardcvover with blue pictorial endpapers. 40 pages, illustrated. Name to half title and light handling wear. Overal a very good well preserved tight copy
First edition, 1st printing
Dahl had originally begun work on it in 1962, under its original title of “The Almost Ducks”. In the story, an eight-year-old girl, who hates to see animals killed for fun, develops a special power. The book was part of a project in which a group of writers were asked to create a story for children with a limited vocabulary. Dahl, who was very much against animal cruelty, wrote this anti-hunting story against “all the brave deer hunters and duck hunters in the country”. However, Dahl’s publishers were initially wary of repercussions from the US gun lobby and so waited until their option to publish had expired. It was later published by Harper & Row in New York in 1966 under the present title. This 1st edition was illustrated by William Pène Bois, including the blue endpapers.