Publication: Follett Publishing Company, 1950, Chicago
First edition, later printing. 8vo. Orange colored cloth, titles and decorations stamped in black on the front cover and spine, , 150 pp., illustrated by Bob Meyers. A. C. Greene, 50+ Best Books on Texas, p. 57: “There hasn’t been very much good Texas-based reading for juveniles…. Johnny Texas has a broader human scope and concerns a segment of Texas history that is as fresh today as when Johnny lived: a boy doing a man’s job without complaint. Johnny is a German family offspring who works with a freight wagon to make enough money for his family to survive. But the book is not a harrowing tale of grimness. It is delightful….” Dobie, Lit. & Lit. of the Southwest p. 51: “Juvenile, historical fiction. Delightful in both text and illustrations.” This is high praise indeed as Dobie had extremely limited use for “children’s books.” A non-authorial inked gift inscription on the front free fly leaf, else a fine bright copy in dust jacket with a closed tear to the foot of spine, light wear to the spine ends, and a small chip to top of rear cover near the spine One of A.C. Greene's Fifty Best Books of Texas.
Inventory Number: 47088