About the Author
William Rossa Cole (1919-2000) was best known as an editor and anthologist. He was editor or author (or co-editor or co-author) of about 75 books, 50 of them anthologies. Three of his books were honored by the American Library Association (ALA): I Went to the Animal Fair in 1958, Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls in 1964, and The Birds and Beast Were There in 1965. He was an editor for Simon & Schuster and Viking and a columnist for the Saturday Review. He died in summer 2000, at the age of 80.
Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls has achieved a rather cult-like following. For those with siblings, especially. The original edition was illustrated by Tomi Ungerer in 1964; a later edition was illustrated by Shel Silverstein in 1977 (in which "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout" of garbage fame first appeared).
- Aunt Bella's Umbrella, illustrated by Jacqueline Chwart
Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls. edited by William
Illustrated by Tomi Ungerer. World Publishing, 1964.
Illustrated by Shel Silverstein. 1977.
- Boy Named Mary Jane, and Other Silly Verse, illustrated by George MacClain
- Frances Face-Maker: A Going-To-Bed Book, illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
- What's Good for a 3-year-old? illustrated by Lillian Hoban
- What's Good for a 4-year-old? illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
- What's Good for a 5-year-old? illustrated by Edward Sorel
- What's Good for a 6-year-old? illustrated by Ingrid Fetz
Select Bibliography of Anthologies
- Arkful of Animals, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
- Bah! Humbug: Grumping Through the Season. 1992.
- Birds and Beasts Were There, illustrated by Helen Siegl. 1965
- Book of Animal Poems, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
- Book of Giggles, illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
- Book of Nature Poems, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
- Dinosaurs & Beasts of Yore, illustrated by Susanna Natti
- Fireside Book of Humorous Poetry, various illustrators. 1959.
- Good Dog Poems, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
- Humorous Poetry for Children, illustrated by Ervine Metzl. 1955.
- I Went to the Animal Fair, illustrated by Colette Rosselli.1958.
- I'm Mad at You, illustrated by George MacClain
- Oh, Such Foolishness!, illustrated by Tomie de Paola
- Oh, That's Ridiculous!, illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
- Oh, What Nonsense!, illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
- Poem Stew, illustrated by Karen Ann Weinhaus
- Poems of Magic & Spells, illustrated by Peggy Bacon
- Poetry of Horses, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
- Zooful of Animals, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
- …also several books of knock-knock jokes, as well as anthologies of poetry and collections of cartoons for adults.