Howard Garis was an early 20th century American author. He wrote many books for the famous Stratemeyer Syndicate under an assumed name. In 1910 he began writing under his own name. His stories about an old rabbit named Uncle Wiggily began appearing in the Newark News. Uncle Wiggily has a knack for getting out of trouble in amusing ways. He once used an umbrella crammed down an alligator's throat to escape. These fanciful children's stories have delighted generations and still do today.