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Atwood, Margaret (Author) & Petricic, Dusan (Artist/Illustrator). RUDE RAMSAY AND THE ROARING RADISHES. New York City, NY: Workman Publishing Company, Inc. , 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 32 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifth illustrated children's book. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Dusan Petricic: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Text by Margaret Atwood. Art by Dusan Petricic. Printed on glossy, pristine-white stock paper in China to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. "Offers a delightfully ridiculous tale about the virtues of resisting restrictions. The story follows Ramsay as he travels with his friend Ralph, the red-nosed rat, from his home full of revolting relatives to a field of roaring radishes. There he meets a girl named Rillah, who needs a bit of adventure herself. Atwood's rollicking text is accompanied by devilish Dusan Petricic's insightful illustrations" (Publisher's blurb). Atwood expressly wrote the book to be read aloud (hence her relentless use of alliteration) to one's children or oneself. Atwood's wordplay is not rudimentary at all; difficult "adult" words like "rhapsodic", "rigor mortis", and "rubicund" will give children the opportunity to widen their vocabulary. A complete delight, this is a "must-have" title for Margaret Atwood completists. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Margaret Atwood. Atwood's penmanship is among the most beautiful among writers: Clean, flowing, and elegant. This signature was obtained in person, not through the author's "high-tech" invention called the LongPen. Copies "signed" in the latter manner must be identified as such because they have no collectible value. The point of a signed copy is that it unmistakably indicates that the author held the copy of the book and left his or her trace on it. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings and is now highly collectible. This is the only signed copy of the First American Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 2000 for "The Blind Assassin". One of Canada's living national treasures and one of the finest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARGARET ATWOOD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 155263244X. $70.00

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