Children's Hardcover Book, Jonathan Visits The White House, Peter Benchley, First Edition, Picture Book, Fiction, Story Book, Collectible


Children's Hardcover Book, Jonathan Visits The White House, Peter Benchley, First Edition, Picture Book, Fiction, Story Book, Collectible

A wonderful children's hardcover book called Jonathan Visits The White House by Peter Benchley. Pictures by Richard Bergere.

Jonathan Bradbury Jardin and his long-eared black and white puppy, Tiger, live in Washington, D.C., where the President lives. Today is Jonathan's birthday, and his mother has promised him a visit to the White House. "Tiger wants to see the President's house, too," says Jonathan. Visitors' dogs are not allowed in the White House, warns his mother. Now, what fun is a birthday treat without your best friend? How Jonathan manages Tiger's visit is a secret. The result is a tour full of surprises.

Although he is most famous for making beach readers everywhere afraid to go in the water (Jaws), Benchley’s first book publication came with this story of a young boy whose dog escapes during a White House tour. The book was first printed in 1964: a year after the assassination of President Kennedy (who appears here in a Bergere illustration), and in that same year, a Long Island fisherman caught a 4500-pound Great White Shark—the incident that inspired Benchley to write his most famous book, Jaws (1974).

Peter Bradford Benchley (1940 – 2006) was an American author, screenwriter, and ocean activist. He is known as the author of the bestselling novel Jaws and co-wrote its film adaptation with Carl Gottlieb. Several more of his works were also adapted for both cinema and television, including The Deep, The Island, Beast, and White Shark. Later in life, Benchley came to regret writing such sensationalist literature about sharks, which he felt encouraged excessive fear and unnecessary culls of such an important predator in ocean ecosystems, and he became an advocate for marine conservation.

10 inches in length
7¼ inches in width
Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company -- 1964 -- First Edition

This book is in Fine condition. Binding is tight. There are no marks or stains in the book. The cover has little to no shelf wear. The dust cover is in Very Good condition and does have a small tear at the front top. It has no other rips, marks, or stains.

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