A Rabbit and a Gentleman


Uncle Wiggily’s Adventures and Uncle Wiggily’s Travels, by Howard Roger Garis – One of the first games I can recall playing as a kid was the Uncle Wiggily Game, which I previously addressed way back in this post.

At the time, I don’t think I was aware that Uncle Wiggily was based on a series of storybooks, but I later discovered this fact. Doing a little bit of research recently, I learned that the elderly rabbit was originally a character in Garis’ Bedtime Books, but eventually received his own series, and became the most popular of Garis’ characters. I suppose you could say he was the breakout star. Anyway, I checked out the first two books in the series, each of which is a collection of thirty-one stories. While the stories comprised a consistent narrative, they were obviously written so each could be read individually. I’ll admit to having a soft spot for children’s stories where the author talks directly to the reader, and Garis does a lot of this. He’ll often pretend to have forgotten what story he’s telling, and give asides about what’s going on as he’s writing. The stories are pretty formulaic, the majority of them involving Uncle Wiggily being tricked by a predator or other enemy, and then escaping with help from a friend or an item he had on his person. Would modern children like these stories? I can’t say I know, but I don’t see any particular reason why not. I don’t think they’re particularly dated, although parents might have to explain terms like “valise.” For my part, I thought they were fun.

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1 Response to A Rabbit and a Gentleman

  1. vilajunkie says:

    I remember the Uncle Wiggly game! I think the “modern” one we had was a game board that came apart like puzzle pieces. …Or maybe the “game” we had was a puzzle. I really don’t remember. We got rid of it at least ten years ago.

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