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The Slant Book

The Slant Book by Peter Newell
By: (1862-1924)

The Slant Book is literally the shape of a parallelogram, with the spine of the book running down one side. When opened, facing pages form a “V” shape. All the pictures on the slanted recto pages show a way-too-precocious infant in a carriage [the "go-cart" of yesteryear] racing downhill who has somehow gotten away from his nanny, gleefully creating havoc all along the way! The facing verso pages contain two stanzas of commentary on the charming –if alarming!– illustrations.

This book pioneered the “special format” children’s literature of today, such as pop-up books or cutout books like Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Newell books from 80 years ago have been reprinted, since Newell has undergone a resurgence in popularity much as Dr. Seuss’s books did during the 1980s. This is a boon for teachers and home-schooling parents, since this recording can now be listened to as youngsters page through a real book (ISBN: 080-480-5326) or as they view the ICDL scanned version online (both are a real treat)!

First Page:


This uphill work is slow, indeed, But down the slant ah! note the speed!


Copyright 1910, by Harper & Brothers Patented September 20, 1910 Published November, 1910 Printed in the United States of America


Where Bobby lives there is a hill A hill so steep and high, 'Twould fill the bill for Jack and Jill Their famous act to try

Once Bobby's Go cart broke away And down this hill it kited. The careless Nurse screamed in dismay But Bobby was delighted

He clapped his hands, in manner rude, And laughed in high elation While, close behind, the Nurse pursued In hopeless consternation


An Officer slid off the lid As Bobby hove in sight, And bellowed out, "You're scorchin', kid I'll run you in all right!"

But down the Go cart swiftly sped And smashed that Cop completely, And as he sailed o'er Bobby's head Bob snipped a button neatly!


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