The Happy Hollisters are wholesome books, with an accent on humor and good, clean fun. Integrity always pays off and right wins over wrong. Parents, grandparents, and teachers love these books for their healthy celebration of life in simpler times. Kids are thrilled with the fast-paced action and will not want to put them down. The action-packed illustrations make the story – and the Hollister family – so vivid that the reader has a feeling of really sharing in on the adventures of this lovable and interesting family.

COLLECTOR'S 1964 vintage true first edition children's hardcover book with original unclipped dustjacket - The Happy Hollisters and the Whistle Pig Mystery by Jerry West. Book #28. Illustrated by Helen S. Hamilton. On dust jacket flap is the $1.50 price. Written for boys and girls between the ages of six and twelve. Pages bright and clean!

This is book 28 in the Happy Hollisters mystery series. Wonderful full page red illustrations and black and red illustrated endpapers. Publisher: Doubleday & Company. Copyright: 1964. Not ex-library. No ISBN. Not book club. Not later printing.

PLOT: While watching TV, Pete Hollister hears about a train robbery in New England. Masked bandits have stolen almost a million dollars in cash from a mail car! At the same time, the Hollisters receive a request from their friend, Fritz, the old woodcarver in Germany. Can the Hollisters go to a museum in nearby Foxboro and get him the dimensions of a wooden Indian called the "Settlers' Friend?" "Foxboro!" Pete exclaims. "That's where the train robbery happened today!" Naturally, the Hollister's instinct for detective work is instantly aroused. Indy Rhodes, the Pueblo Indian who works for Mr. Hollister, and his sister, Snow Flower, volunteer to take the children to the New England town. In no time at all, the Hollisters are deeply involved in tracking down the train robbers and the robbers of the Settlers' Friend which has disappeared from the museum. Ricky is accidentally kidnapped . . . Pam falls through a hole in an old covered bridge . . . a terrible hurricane engulfs them all . . . and Sue makes friends with a family of groundhogs, or "whistle-pigs," never suspecting that these little creatures will play a big part in helping the Hollisters solve both mysteries. All kinds of escapades involve the Happy Hollisters in this new suspense thriller which takes them only a short distance from home and introduces them to a lot of fascinating Americana.

AUTHOR: The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West was actually written by Andrew E. Svenson, a prolific yet somewhat anonymous, writer of books for children. Jerry West was the pen name assigned to Svenson when he started writing The Happy Hollisters for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book packager well-known for its development of children’s book series including Tom Swift, The Bobbsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. The first volume in his own original series, The Happy Hollisters, was published in 1953 by Doubleday & Company, and he was made a partner in the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1961.

The Hollister family was modeled on his own family and he often used Svenson family events and travels as the foundation for The Happy Hollisters books. Pete represents Sevenson's real-life son Andrew Jr., Pam represents his daughter Laura, Ricky represents Eric, Holly represents Jane, and Sue is a composite of Svenson's two youngest daughters, Eileen and Ingrid. Even the dog and cat have real-life counterparts: "White Nose" is really the family cat, Mickey, and the collie "Zip" is the real-life Border Collie Lassie.

Svenson also kept copious newspaper clippings for story ideas, and interviewed hundreds of school children and teachers for additional suggestions. These ideas were then worked into his storylines, adding an educational element that was appreciated by parents and educators alike. Some are based on stories from his children’s Girl Scout Camp and Boy Scout Camp escapades.[The children loved the stories for their elements of danger and excitement geared to their comprehension level.

Hardcover, unclipped DJ, $1.50 on flap, red cloth boards with black illustration, 174pp, 8.3" x 5.5". Binding tight. Fine vintage condition. Cover fine/bright/clean/minimal shelfwear. Pages fine/bright/clean/no writing or tears/minimal shelfwear mostly pp ends when book is closed. DJ excellent/very good+/bright/mostly clean/general shelfwear-see photo.

Do not pass up this collector's gem; will make a FABULOUS gift for yourself or someone special in your life!!


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1964 'The Happy Hollisters and the Whistle Pig Mystery’, SCARCE First Edition, Original Dustjacket $1.50 Flap, Volume 28


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