Ronni Solbert, 96, in June (illustrator of "The Pushcart War" by Jean Merrill)

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Jul 2, 2022, 10:38:26 PMJul 2
Strangely, there's no real obit yet - as opposed to this tiny notice.

She died in Randolph, Vermont.

About "The Pushcart War":

"The Pushcart War is a popular children's novel by the American writer Jean Merrill, illustrated by Ronni Solbert[1] and first published by W. R. Scott in 1964. It is Merrill's best known work.[1] The story is written in the style of a historical report from the future, looking back at the events of a "war" that occurred a decade earlier on the streets of New York City between trucking companies and pushcart owners who use pea shooters as weapons to disrupt the trucks."
(birthday post from 2015, reader reviews, long booklist, and part of an interview from 2014 about the 50th anniversary of "The Pushcart War")
(book covers)

In particular, I love "Shan's Lucky Knife"(1960), about a country boy who outwits a city-slicker con artist. It takes place in Myanmar. (Of course, in the book, the name is Burma.)

Merrill dedicated "The Superlative Horse: A Tale of Ancient China" to Solbert.
(a few videos)


Jul 25, 2022, 8:43:40 AMJul 25
On Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 10:38:26 PM UTC-4, Lenona wrote:
> Strangely, there's no real obit yet - as opposed to this tiny notice.

(with photo from 1959)

Oddly, the two (by different writers, supposedly) were both published on July 21 and are near-identical. (The NYT obit appeared in the hard copy on the 24th.)

Clearly, one of the writers is plagiarizing.


Jul 25, 2022, 8:51:42 AMJul 25
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