Oliver Brooke Herford was an author, illustrator, cartoonist, comedian, and poet. Oliver’s father was a well-known Unitarian minister, editor, and writer.
When Oliver Herford was almost twelve years old, his family moved to
Oliver was a modest, shy person, and his friends sometimes called him "Elf", "
His choice of words was short and simple, like his description of a pest, "a man who can talk like an encyclopedia, and does." Many of his sayings are in dictionaries of similes and quotations. He was a master of both writing and illustration, especially of young women, children, and animals, which were said to be his best topic.
The New York Times summed him up by calling him "intelligent, and well-bred what with his animals and his children and his artistic simplicities he was remote from the style of the best moderns. No violence, or obscenity, not even obscurity or that long windedness which is the signet of the illustration writers today”.
Pen & Inklings (1893)
Artful Anticks (1894)
The Bashful Earthquake & Other Fables and Verses (1898)
An Alphabet of Celebrities (1899)
Overheard in a Garden (1900)
More Animals (1901)
The Rubaiyat of a Persian Kitten (1904)
The Fairy Godmother-in-Law (1905)
A Little Book of Bores (1906)
The Astonishing Tale of a Pen & Ink Puppet (1907)
The Peter Pan Alphabet (1907)
The Mythological Zoo (1912)
Capers: His Naps and Mishaps (1914)
Confessions of a Caricaturist (1917)
The Laughing Willow: Verses and Pictures (1918)
This Giddy Globe (1919)
The Herford Aesop: Fifty Fables in Verse (1921)
Neither Here Nor There (1922)
Excuse It Please (1929)
The Deb's Dictionary (1931)
Sea Legs (1931)