Jim at the Corner

Jim at the Corner

by Eleanor Farjeon, Edward Ardizzone

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Every time he went out for his daily walk, Derry had to pass the corner where old Jim sat on his orange box. And every time he lingered there in the hope of a story. For Jim was a sailor who had grown too old for the sea, but who was never tired of his adventures on the good ship Rocking Horse under brave Captain Potts.

Editorial Reviews

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"No one can tell stories like Eleanor Farjeon, and these do not disappoint...the book culminates in a satisfying final chapter that sees Derry surprising Jim with the perfect eightieth-birthday present. Imagination, adventure, and a host of animal encounters, humor, suspense, not to mention Ardizzone's scene-setting pen-and-ink vignette illustrations—this little book, first published in 1934, has oceans of appeal." —Martha V. Parravano, The Horn Book Magazine

"Like the award-winning The Little Bookroom, Eleanor Farjeon’s Jim at the Corner is a collection of loosely related stories, perfect for reading aloud. This is a good book for grandfathers—in fact for any relatives of youngsters whose constant plea is, “Tell us a story.”. . . Jim is an old-fashioned character with a repertoire of gentle humorous fantasies, and youngsters are likely to be back as regularly as Derry for more of these tales of magic islands in the fog and of rooks with a taste for Little Boy Pie."
The New York Times

"It is certain that when the history of children’s literature in our day is written Eleanor Farjeon will be one of its most important figures." —Eileen H. Colwell

“[An] endearing tale by two celebrated collaborators.” —Publishers Weekly


In paperback for the first time, this endearing tale by two celebrated collaborators concerns 80-year-old Jim, who has enthralled young Derry with tall tales of the sea--without ever leaving his street corner. Ages 7-10. (May)

School Library Journal

Gr 2–5—First published in 1934, this reissue features eight tall tales of ocean adventure, neatly framed as conversations between a boy named Derry and Jim, the former first mate of the good ship Rocking Horse. Jim's stories are delightfully far-fetched, with whimsical surprises to keep readers guessing. All are prompted by his interactions with young Derry, who meets Jim on the corner as often as he can. When Derry talks about a recent snowfall, Jim launches into a humorous narrative about an amorous and loyal penguin he met at the South Pole. After the boy gets a new kitten, Jim shares his underwater adventure with the Queen of the Catfish. The introductions are casual and straightforward and smoothly transition to Jim's more folksy storyteller's voice for the fanciful exploits at sea. Derry and Jim's fondness for each other is evident, making the final chapter, in which Derry and his family bring Jim to the seaside for his birthday, especially satisfying. Ardizzone's black-and-white drawings are a perfect match for the text. A scene of Derry and Jim on the street opens each chapter, and further renderings depict the action that Jim narrates. There's an appropriately old-fashioned feel to this collection, but the individual entries and the book as a whole hold up quite well. VERDICT A welcome reissue and an excellent read-aloud choice.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681371658
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 19 MB
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Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

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