Item #013429 John Dough and the Cherub. L. Frank Baum.
John Dough and the Cherub
John Dough and the Cherub
John Dough and the Cherub
John Dough and the Cherub
John Dough and the Cherub
John Dough and the Cherub
John Dough and the Cherub
John Dough and the Cherub

John Dough and the Cherub

Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co., 1920. Illustrated by John R. Neill. Hardcover.

First Published in 1906. Third printing with list of 13 Oz titles through Glinka of Oz and has the half-title and advertisements: c1920. 11 inserted color plates plus color frontispiece. Illustrated by John R. Neill.

John Dough and the Cherub is a children's fantasy novel, written by American author L. Frank Baum, about a living gingerbread man and his adventures.

Brown cloth; full-color paste-on with minimal wear. Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear. Small booksellers label on gutter of the front paste down. 8vo; 9.25 inches tall, 315 pages with illustrated endpages. Color plates and many in-text b/w illustrations.

Very Good / No Jacket. Item #013429

Background Information:
Throughout his text, Baum is careful never to specify the sex of his character Chick the Cherub, even to the point of referring to Chick as "it" instead of 'he' or 'she.' Chick dresses in androgynous pajamas; Neill pictures Chick in a Buster Brown haircut that could fit either a boy or a girl.

The publishers wanted Baum to resolve the ambiguity, but he refused. Eventually they made the best of the situation: in the publicity campaign for the original edition, Reilly & Britton conducted a contest in which the book's child readers could vote on Chick's sex. The children who gave the best answers, in 25 words or less, won prizes. The contest was presented as a detachable form in front of the first edition of the book, to be detached, filled out, and mailed to the publisher.

The contest's second-place prize was won by a boy who read the story in the Seattle Times. His entry read, "The Cherub was a girl because if it had been a boy, he would have eaten the ginger-bread man at once whether it agreed with him or not. [wiki]

Ref: Thompson, 92ff

Price: $145.00