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William Pène du Bois (1916 - 1993) was born in the United States, and studied art in France. He had his first book, Elizabeth the Cow Ghost, published at the age of 19, and had five more titles published before the outbreak of World War II. During the war, he was a correspondent for the magazine Yank. Many of his children’s books had a humorous slant; he wrote the Otto series about a large otterhound, and his two horse books are amusing takes on detective fiction. He won the Newbery Medal in 1948 for Twenty One Red Balloons.

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Links and sources

William Pene du Bois on the Encyclopaedia Britannica

William Pène du Bois  on Wikipedia

Terri Wear: Horse Stories: An Annotated Bibliography

The Great Geppy

Viking Press, New York, 1940, 92 pp, illus the author

Reprinted several times

Robert Hale, London, 1942

The Bott Brothers’ Three Ring Circus seems to be experiencing a rash of thefts at night, and
so the detective agency sends Sausage, a red and white striped talking horse, to solve the

Bibliography - horse books only

The Horse in the Camel Suit

Harper & Row, New York, 1967, 79 pp, illus the author

When a strange parade comes to town, a boy detective sets out to solve the mystery.

William Pène du Bois