I've seen this book before at way more money, even for a newer edition. The story, by Margery Clark is not my favorite but it may be fun for a kid. It's a series of several stories about a naughty little boy, a naughty goat, and a naughty little girl. They all have aunts and uncles from the "Old Country". I do love how the children and pets and loved and tolerated even if they are "naughty". It seems to be what was expected from children and pets. The illustrations are the prize. They were done by Caldicot medal winners husband and wife team of Maude and Miska Petersham. Miska is from Hungary and immigrated from "the old country" of Hungary. He first came to England and then to the U.S where he met Maude. Together they authored and/or illustrated over one hundred books in their lifetime.
In checking this amazing couple out I couldn't resist ordering this beauty from Alibris.
This has a 1950 copyright and both the BL Hubby and I remember it from grade school. Check out this lusciousness.
There's a bit more detail and shading in this work (26 years later). Their style is still there in the limited color palette ( mostly gray, reds, black and yellow). I so love color that I can't believe I don't miss it. They still rely on lots of line drawing with little pattern and shading but it feels deep and full. Love - Love- Love! Yup, I'm still fixating on happy Circus images even though I know Circus animals are so not approved of.