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Watty Piper (–1957)

Author of The Little Engine That Could

113+ Works 14,121 Members 226 Reviews

About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

Watty Piper never existed; it is a "house" pseudonym for the American publishing house Platt & Munk and was used on numerous other children's books.

Image credit: Arnold Munk / Courtesy of Janet Fenton


Works by Watty Piper

The Little Engine That Could (1930) 10,776 copies
Stories That Never Grow Old (1938) 144 copies
The Little Engine That Could Helps Out (1859) — Retold by — 89 copies
Children of Other Lands (1933) 73 copies
The Gateway to Storyland (1656) 58 copies
Little Folks of Other Lands (1929) 47 copies
Mother Goose Rhymes (1922) 38 copies
Folk Tales Children Love (1934) 33 copies
The Road in Storyland (1932) 32 copies
Nursery Tales Children Love (1933) 18 copies
The Brimful Book (1928) 17 copies
Eight Fairy Tales (1938) 15 copies
The Gingerbread Boy Platt & Munk Co. No. 3100D (1927) — Retold by — 15 copies
Animal Friends Story Book (1928) 14 copies
Eight nursery tales (1938) 10 copies
Three Little Pigs [Retold by Watty Piper] (1928) — Retold by — 10 copies
Famous Fairy Tales (1923) 8 copies
Farm friends story book (1928) 4 copies
The Little Small Red Hen (1935) 3 copies
Fairy Tales Children Love (1932) 3 copies
My First Library (2014) 2 copies
Puss In Boots (1934) — Editor — 1 copy
TRUCKS (1978) 1 copy
Mother Goose GB (1978) 1 copy
Ti'Train 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Munk, Arnold
Date of death
Place of death
New York, New York, USA
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Platt & Munk
Short biography
Arnold Munk was the owner of the publishing firm Platt & Munk. Arnold Munk was born in Hungary, and as a child, moved with his family to the United States, settling in Chicago. Later he moved to New York. Platt & Munk's offices were at 200 Fifth Avenue until 1957 when Arnold Munk died. Arnold Munk used the name Watty Piper as both an author of children's books and as the editor of many of the books that Platt & Munk published.
Disambiguation notice
Watty Piper never existed; it is a "house" pseudonym for the American publishing house Platt & Munk and was used on numerous other children's books.



Independent Reading Level: K-2
Awards: N/a
Yamilet2023 | 194 other reviews | Dec 5, 2023 |
This delightful childrens book is a reimagining and retelling of the timeless classic The Little Engine That Could, and is the very first book in the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program. This edition celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the book.

It is just like I remember from childhood, as many of us do; a cute and touching inspirational story. That is exactly the reason Dolly Parton chose it for the first book for children to receive in her program as it helped her through many rough times in her own childhood. It truly is a heartwarming tale and makes a wonderful addition to your child's library.

The illustrations are simply magical, and the big, sturdy, glossy pages are perfect for countless readings. Ideal for reading to your child and just right for young readers to cherish.
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shirfire218 | 194 other reviews | Nov 5, 2023 |
The kindness and determination of the Little Blue Engine have inspired millions of children around the world since the story was first published in 1930. Cherished by readers for over ninety years, The Little Engine That Could is a classic tale of the little engine that, despite her size, triumphantly pulls a train full of wonderful things to the children waiting on the other side of a mountain.
PlumfieldCH | 194 other reviews | Sep 21, 2023 |



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