Rollo Parodies

1. Rollo's Journey to Washington by Richard Ware (1919)
2. Rollo in Society by George S. Chappell (1922)

Rollo's Journey to Washington by Richard Ware (1919)

The Page Company, Boston 1919
Copyright 1919

This little (7.5 x 5, 170 page) book chronicles the adventures of Rollo and his father as they travel to Washington during wartime. Mr Holiday's employers have gone bankrupt and he plans to work for the government in Washington in the ordnance department. Their journey takes them through Boston and New York and finally to Washington where they meet up with Uncle George. The usual didactic lessons for Rollo are present along with a number of bizarre vignettes involving German spies, the military and politicians. Rollo's Aunt Sarah is incarcerated for stabbing a secret service agent with a hat pin. Rollo's letter home is confiscated by government officials. (etc. etc.)

In his preface (see below), the author implies that Rollo's Journey to Washington is just like any other Rollo story by Jacob Abbott. This is clearly delusional and perhaps the preface was written to increase the sales of a book which was written most likely to criticize the Wilson administration's paranoia about spies during wartime. (Since I was not there, I do not know whether this paranoia was real or imagined, needless or necessary)




Rollo in Society by George S. Chappell (1922)

This book was written by George S. Chappell, illustrated by Wm. Hogarth, Jr., and published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York in 1922. It is 6.25 x 4.25. I am unaware of any other editions.

This story is less of a parody and more of an update. Chappell notes in his preface that society in general is moving off of the farm and into the city. So this book chronicles simple city adventures for Rollo. Moralistic lessons and rules of proper conduct make up the fabric of this 178 page book.