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Osbert was first published in 1950. It is now out of print.

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Ann, Peter, Jane and Andrew are to go to their Aunt Cathy's wedding. The day before the wedding, Father tells them that their dog, Osbert, will have to be looked after by a neighbour, as he is far to queer looking to attend a smart wedding. The children are upset ... until Ann comes up with a plan.


Noel was to expand on the central idea of Osbert - that of children getting a permanent wave for their dog, so that he can come to a wedding - in her 1959 book Bertram. However, whereas Osbert is set in the US (based on the currency used - there are no other indications of setting), Bertram is firmly placed in London. In addition, there is more background story in Bertram; and where Osbert has only one family of characters, Bertram has three.

Editions and Availability

UK Editions

Osbert does not appear to have ever been released in the UK.

US Editions

Osbert was published by Rand McNally in 1950, as part of the Slottie Library Series. The illustrations were by Susanne Suba, and it came with a push-out "Slottie toy" at the back.

Out of Print

Osbert is now out of print, and very rare. In February 2004, the few second hand copies listed by online booksellers cost between 7 and 23. (Source: Addall Used and Out of Print Book Search.)


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