Brink, Carol Ryrie Andy Buckram's Tin Men
New York Viking Books 1966 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket
Illustrated by Mars, W.T.
Mustard (dark yellow) pictorial cloth, 192 pp. Spine a bit cocked, corners bumped, slight edge wear, a few pencil scribblings on front end paper. Jacket in new Brodart, spine sunned, some edge wear with a little chipping at top and base of spine. Interior is clean and unmarked. An attractive copy of this delightful story by the award winning author of 'Caddie Woodlawn'.
"Andy Buckram built four tin men. He put them together from tin cans and scraps of metal and odds and ends, and gave each a special character and personality.
"Campbell, Andy's first robot, had a kind of spoiled-baby look that made him a favorite of Andy's young friend Sparrow. Bucket, built along more practical lines, had a grown-up face and hooks for hands to bail the Buckram boat. Lily-Belle, Andy's only girl robot, was short and fat and rigged to sing two songs and recite a speech by Senator Quackenbush. And Supercan was just that. He stood six feet tall and could row a boat and add and subtract.
"The robots were only handy mechanical toys that Andy loved dearly until the night a thunderstorm flooded the countryside, destroying the Buckram home and electifying the tin men. Before he could say 'Great frogs and catfish,' Andy found himself afloat in a leaky boat and headed for a deserted island with four robots, Sparrow, and his obstreperous baby cousin as fellow passengers.
"In the series of fantastic adventures that follow - such as Lily-Belle's remarkable campfire ('almost the last straw') and Campbell's wild encounter with a bear - each tin man proves himself indispensable. And each earns 'a most extraordinary' honor and a very special place in the hearts of Andy and his flesh-and-blood companions.
"Carol Ryrie Brink has written an amusing and exciting fantasy, and W. T. Mars has pictured Andy and his robots in handsome black-and-white line drawings. "; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall