London: Jonathan Cape, 1990. [Children's classic] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp.64. Publisher's blue cloth, gilt titles to spine, in pictorial dust-jacket illustrated by Quentin Blake with printed price of £6.95. Illustrated throughout in black and white by Blake. Very slight spotting to edges, spine of wrapper marginally sunned. Fine. Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it's going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic. Item #55450
Smarties Book Prize, winning novel. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'. Roald Dahl received the World Fantasy Award [Lifetime Achievement] in 1983.
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