Jerry Todd

The eponymous hero of the Jerry Todd stories (1924-1938) is safely middle-class. His creator, Leo Edwards, is therefore free from the rhetorical problem of a hero with too much money, and can focus all his energies on overcoming boredom. He even manages to give some depth to his characters. Though Jerry Todd and his friends are earnest and well-meaning, they are also irresponsible. And though the novels toe the respect-your-elders-and-love-your-country line, they are not so stuffily orthodox that the authority figures cannot have faults or errors in judgment, or cannot look, at times, a little foolish. When, for example, Officer Bill Hadley misses his wedding because he’s been knocked unconscious and placed, handcuffed, on a train to the next town by Jerry and the gang — whose overzealous attempts to validate themselves as Junior Jupiter detectives do more to move the plot along than solve the mysteries they investigate — he returns to town with a story of how he fought off upwards of 20 strong men.

Book cover of "Jerry Todd and the Bob-Tailed Elephant." Solid red cover with the title. No illustration.

Jerry Todd and the Bob-Tailed Elephant

Full page illustration of an old man saying to three boys: "I got a notion to take a horsewhip to you," from "Jerry Todd and the Rose Colored Cat."

"I got a notion to take a horsewhip to you."

Full page illustration of a group of children trying to push an elephant out of a shed from  from "Jerry Todd and the Bob Tailed Elephant.".  The caption is "I'll pull while you guys get behind and push."

"I'll pull while you guys get behind and push."

Cover of book "Jerry Todd and the Whispering Mummy." Cover has small illustration of a fish wearing a hat on a red cover.

Jerry Todd and the Whispering Mummy

Cover of book "Jerry Todd and the Rose-Colored Cat," solid red with no illustration.

Jerry Todd and the Rose-Colored Cat