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Roger Duvoisin (1900–1980)

Author of Petunia

55+ Works 3,413 Members 53 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

Roger Duvoisin was born in Geneva, Switzerland on August 28, 1904. Before becoming a children's book illustrator, he designed and painted murals, theatrical scenery, and posters as well as worked in the fashion industry. He immigrated with wife Louise Fatio to the United States in 1925. He created show more more than 40 books and illustrated more than 140 children's books. He created several animal characters including Petunia the foolish goose, Veronica the hippo, Crocus the crocodile, Jasmine the cow, Donkey-Donkey and Hector-Penguin. He also illustrated the Happy Lion series written by his wife. He received several awards for his works including the Caldecott Award for White Snow Bright Snow written by Alvin Tresselt in 1948 and the Caldecott Honor Award for Hide and Seek Fog also written by Tresselt in 1966. He also received the Society of Illustrators Award, the Rutgers Award, the Silver Medallion of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota. He died on June 30, 1980. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Roger Duvoisin

Petunia (1950) 1,166 copies, 29 reviews
Donkey-Donkey (1968) 377 copies, 8 reviews
Petunia Beware (1958) 263 copies, 1 review
Petunia's Christmas (1952) 216 copies, 3 reviews
Veronica (1961) 196 copies, 5 reviews
And There Was America (1938) 101 copies
Veronica on Petunia's Farm (1962) 83 copies
The House of Four Seasons (1956) 78 copies
Petunia, I Love You (1656) 63 copies
Petunia Takes a Trip (1953) 63 copies
Crocus (1977) 50 copies, 1 review
Easter Treat (1656) 43 copies, 1 review
Petunia's Treasure (1975) 38 copies, 1 review
Day and Night (1960) 33 copies, 1 review
The Christmas Whale (1945) 32 copies
A for the Ark (1952) 32 copies
Jasmine (1750) 30 copies
Veronica's Smile (1897) 24 copies
The Crocodile in the Tree (1645) 23 copies
Four Corners of the World (1948) 23 copies
Lonely Veronica (1963) 21 copies
Periwinkle (1976) 21 copies
Snowy and Woody (1979) 20 copies
See What I Am (1974) 19 copies, 1 review
The Happy Hunter (1961) 18 copies
Two Lonely Ducks (1955) 16 copies
Spring Snow (1963) 14 copies, 1 review
Petunia and the song (1950) 13 copies
What is Right for Tulip (1969) 11 copies
The Missing Milkman (1967) 10 copies
All aboard! 4 copies
The Christmas Voyage (1947) 3 copies
Houn' Dog (1959) 3 copies
A Little Boy Was Drawing (1932) 2 copies
New Yorker cover 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

Robinson Crusoe (1719) — Illustrator, some editions — 23,555 copies, 299 reviews
A Child's Garden of Verses (1885) — Illustrator, some editions — 8,308 copies, 93 reviews
White Snow, Bright Snow (1947) — Illustrator — 2,453 copies, 36 reviews
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,117 copies, 18 reviews
The Happy Lion (1954) — Illustrator — 680 copies, 6 reviews
Hide and Seek Fog (1965) — Illustrator — 465 copies, 9 reviews
The Three-Cornered Hat (1874) — Illustrator, some editions — 460 copies, 14 reviews
Amahl and the Night Visitors [illustrated book] (1952) — Illustrator — 367 copies, 5 reviews
The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury (1989) — Contributor — 286 copies
The Beaver Pond (1970) — Illustrator — 236 copies, 5 reviews
The Rain Puddle (1965) — Illustrator — 161 copies, 2 reviews
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in France (1959) — Illustrator, some editions — 136 copies, 1 review
Mr. and Mrs. Button's Wonderful Watchdogs (1978) — Illustrator — 91 copies, 2 reviews
The Happy Lion Roars (1957) — Illustrator — 79 copies
Best in Children's Books 33 (1960) 77 copies
The Talking Cat and Other Stories of French Canada (1952) — Illustrator, some editions — 77 copies, 1 review
Dandelion Library: Veronica / The Three Little Horses (1958) — Illustrator — 68 copies
Christmas on the Mayflower (1843) — Illustrator, some editions — 66 copies
Sun Up (1962) — Illustrator, some editions — 53 copies
The Night Before Christmas (Roger Duvoisin) (2014) — Illustrator — 46 copies
Johnny Maple-Leaf (1948) — Illustrator — 46 copies
Wobble, the Witch Cat (1981) — Illustrator — 46 copies, 1 review
The Happy Lion and the Bear (1964) — Illustrator — 45 copies, 2 reviews
The Happy Lion in Africa (1955) — Illustrator — 44 copies
The Old Bullfrog (1968) — Illustrator — 40 copies
The Three Happy Lions (1959) — Illustrator — 40 copies, 2 reviews
"Hi, Mister Robin!" (1950) — Illustrator — 40 copies
The Happy Lion's Quest (1960) — Illustrator — 31 copies
I Saw the Sea Come In (1954) — Illustrator — 29 copies
The World in the Candy Egg (1967) — Illustrator — 29 copies
Tales of the Pampas (1902) — Illustrator, some editions — 27 copies
The Happy Lion's Vacation (1967) — Illustrator — 24 copies, 1 review
What Did You Leave Behind? (1978) — Illustrator — 23 copies
The Remarkable Egg (1968) — Illustrator — 22 copies, 1 review
A Duck Called Angélique (1960) — Illustrator — 22 copies
Bhimsa, The Dancing Bear (1945) — Illustrator — 21 copies, 1 review
The Happy Lion's Treasure (1970) — Illustrator — 19 copies
Timothy's Flower (1967) — Composer, some editions — 17 copies
The Happy Time (1945) — Illustrator — 17 copies
Nubber Bear (1966) — Illustrator — 16 copies
The Happy Lioness (1980) — Illustrator — 13 copies
The Happy Lion's Rabbits (1974) — Illustrator — 12 copies
Poems from France (1967) — Illustrator — 12 copies
Little Red Nose (1955) — Illustrator — 11 copies
The Pointed Brush (1959) — Illustrator — 11 copies
The Christmas Forest (1950) — Illustrator — 10 copies
Marc and Pixie (1975) — Illustrator — 10 copies
Strange Tales from Many Lands (1975) — Contributor — 9 copies
Earth and Sky (1969) — Illustrator — 8 copies
Dozens of Cousins (1950) — Illustrator — 8 copies
Sophocles the Hyena (1954) — Illustrator — 8 copies
Chef's holiday (1952) — Illustrator, some editions — 8 copies, 2 reviews
Days of Sunshine - Days of Rain (1963) — Illustrator — 7 copies
A Fish is Not a Pet (1959) — Illustrator — 6 copies
The Sweet Patootie Doll (1970) — Illustrator — 4 copies
Vavache, The Cow Who Painted Pictures — Illustrator — 2 copies
Wait till Sunday — Illustrator — 2 copies
Zang van de koningen — Illustrator, some editions — 1 copy
The Little Church on the Big Rock — Illustrator — 1 copy
The dog and the boat boy (1969) — Illustrator — 1 copy

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**Found in the 20th Century Children's Book Treasury**

Petunia really is a silly goose - and I think it's so hilarious that the animals ate the firecrackers because she said they were candies. I know this book focuses more on Petunia realizing that "it was not enough to carry wisdom under my wing. I must put it in my mind and in my heart." Plus, the ode to how reading truly does better our loves. But I also think that this book teaches us an important lesson to be wary of those who think too highly of themselves. They're overconfident and know-it-all attitudes are usually overcompensating for something they lack...… (more)
 
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mrsandersonreads23 | 28 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
A book that will teach kiddos the meaning of the word "conspicuous." Veronica is a hippopotamus who lives among other hippopotamuses in obscurity. She longs for attention, so she travels to a city fully of people, where she'll stand out. Unfortunately, she also gets in some trouble with the law, so a kind old lady bails her out and sends her back to the other hippopotamuses. But don't be sad for Veronica, her city trip lends her the glamor she desired in the first place.
 
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LibrarianDest | 4 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
For forty years I've believed my favorite childhood book was Henny Penny, although all I remembered about it was the color orange and that I loved the duck in it. But I was misremembering which book it was! Today at the bookstore my attention was drawn to my REAL TRUE LOVE favorite book. It was not a duck, it was Petunia, the silly goose! I am so excited to be reunited with my old friend!
 
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Kim.Sasso | 28 other reviews | Aug 27, 2023 |
Month of January 2022: Young Reader’s Classics

READING LEVEL: 3.1 AR POINTS: 0.5

A super cute children’s book written and published in 1950. This is 1 of 4 books in with my cousin’s (Lancer Woolwine) family photos, which I am currently organizing for their family. So, needless to say, this book stays with the family.

It’s about a goose, Petunia, who finds a book and believes that by simply carrying it around will make her appear to be the smartest animal on the farm. Her neck gets longer and higher as the other animals begin to believe it as well. They ask Petunia's help for various problems that don’t end well. The worst disaster was when Petunia misread a box labeled dynamite, and because she really didn’t know how to read, she told them it was CANDY.

Cute! Teaches the importance of learning to read.
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MissysBookshelf | 28 other reviews | Aug 27, 2023 |

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