The subtle ironies and playful allusions used by Crockett Johnson in depicting the adventures of five year old Barnaby Baxter and his fairy godfather, Jackeen J. O'Malley means it remains a critical favourite. 'Barnaby' revolves around a precocious five year old named Barnaby Baxter and his fairy godfather, Jackeen, who is a cigar chomping, fast talking yet bumbling con artist. Jackeen's grasp of magic is specious at best, however he is aided by his unusual collective of friends. The deft balance of fantasy, political commentary and sophisticated wit will delight.
I think, and I m trying to talk calmly, that Barnaby and his friends and oppressors are the most important additions to American arts and letters in Lord knows how many years. --Dorothy Parker