Tyll Ulenspiegel's Merry Pranks Author:M. Jagendorf What if no children's edition of Robin Hood had ever been published? Or of the King Arthur or old Norse legends? It would be no more amazing than the fact that the merry tales about Tyll Ulenspiegel have never before been told for American children. — Tyll was a gay and irrepressible practical joker who provoked and often discomfited his victims ... more »by his wit and cleverness. His tricks were startling and shrewd, carried out with bravado and laughter. But his jests were always directed against the mean, the stingy, the cruel, the deceitful; the benefactors were the poor and sincere good folk of his time.
Dr. Jagendorf, in telling these legends, has caught their full flavor, their gaiety and roguish humor as well as their underlying wisdom and truth. He has given American children a classic of world literature in enduring form.
The illustrations, by Fritz Eichenberg, equal the stories themselves in humor and artistry.« less