Companion Library

There are two sets of books in this collection—the single title editions, and the doubles. The singles are simple, unabridged copies of standard children's classics with 1950s-esque cover art, sturdy hardcovers, lightly illustrated with line drawings throughout, and decidedly not fancy. The doubles are, in a way, just like them; there's nothing terribly distinctive about these...except that each volume includes two novels, printed together, but upside down and back-to-back, so you read one, then then flip the book over to start reading the other. This is called tête-bêche (French, head-to-tail) binding, and you can read a little more about its fascinating history here on wikipedia's "dos-à-dos (back-to-back)" article or here at an article from The Guardian.

Pairing of books seems pretty arbitrary: there's no good reason The Wizard of Oz and The Jungle Book should go together, but that's the kind of shenannigans the publishers have pulled. As a gimmicky novelty item, The Companion Library is a fun and inexpensive collection to have on your shelves.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Adventures of Pinocchio / The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
by Carlo Collodi, Howard Pyle
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-5th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Samuel Clemens
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-5th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Andersen's Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
Andersen's Fairy Tales / Grimm's Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-5th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Arabian Nights
Companion Library
by Anonymous
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
Arabian Nights / Aesop's Fables
by Mamoru Funai, Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-7th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Black Beauty / Call of the Wild
by Anna Sewell, Jack London, illustrated by E. Raymond Kintsler
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Five Little Peppers / Alice in Wonderland
by Margaret Sidney, Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
by Margaret Sidney
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Companion Library
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
Gulliver's Travels
Abridged from Grosset & Dunlap
for 8th-10th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Gulliver's Travels / Treasure Island
by Jonathan Swift, Robert Louis Stevenson
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-5th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
Hans Brinker
by Mary Mapes Dodge & Fritz Kredel
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi / Hans Brinker
by Johanna Spyri, Mary Mapes Dodge
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
from Grosset & Dunlap
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Jungle Book / The Wizard of Oz
by Rudyard Kipling, L. Frank Baum
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Just So Stories
by Rudyard Kipling
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Just So Stories / The Prince and the Pauper
by Rudyard Kipling, Samuel Clemens
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
Little Lame Prince / The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
by Dinah Maria Mulock, Howard Pyle
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-5th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
Little Men
by Louisa May Alcott
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-5th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Little Women / Little Men
by Louisa May Alcott
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-5th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
Prince and the Pauper / Wizard of Oz
by Mark Twain, L. Frank Baum
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
Rip Van Winkle
by James Otis, Washington Irving
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$2.55 (2 in stock)
Robinson Crusoe / Swiss Family Robinson
by Daniel Defoe, Johann Wyss
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Story of King Arthur and His Knights
by Howard Pyle & Sergio Leone
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Toby Tyler / Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories
by James Otis, Washington Irving
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
Tom Sawyer Abroad
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 7th-Adult
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Tom Sawyer Abroad / A Dog of Flanders and Other Stories
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Tom Sawyer Detective / Kidnapped
by Robert Louis Stevenson / Samuel Clemens
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Tom Sawyer, Detective
by Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
Wind in the Willows
Companion Library
by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Roberta Carter Clark
from Grosset & Dunlap
Humorous Animal Fantasy for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Wind in the Willows / Tanglewood Tales
by Kenneth Grahame, Nathaniel Hawthorne
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Wonder Book
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-5th grade
Wonder Book / Nonsense Books
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edward Lear
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-5th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)