B. E. Todd

(1897—1976) writer

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(1897–1976), British author best known as the creator of the individualistic, sulky, opinionated but well- intentioned scarecrow Worzel Gummidge and his idiosyncratic scarecrow friends. In the 1920s, Barbara Euphan Todd, writing as Euphan, contributed verse and reviews to Punch magazine and later coauthored several children's books with her husband J. G. Bower (pseudonym Klaxon). Worzel Gummidge; or, The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook, published in 1936, was adapted for broadcast on the BBC's Children's Hour and, significantly, in 1941 Penguin Books chose it to be the first Puffin paperback. Todd's later literary output included nine more Worzel Gummidge stories, many other children's books, and two radio plays.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.

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