(1913–1993), British author and illustrator. Verney's first book, Friday's Tunnel (1959), begins the related novels about struggling writer Gus Callendar and his unusually named six children. Family interaction is set against a plot centering around saving the rural landscape. Subsequent adventures include a direct sequel, February's Road (1961), and some more loosely linked titles, Seven Sunflower Seeds (1968) and Samson's Hoard (1973). Verney is a witty and elliptical writer who captures family life in light brushstrokes. His illustrations are reminiscent of Edward's Ardizonne's, having a similar comic feel.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.