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Real Name


First Appearance

Billy in Bunbury (1924)

Original Publisher

Royal Baking Powder Company

Created by

Ruth Plumly Thompson & Gertrude Alice Kay

Publication History

This 1924 poem/recipe book, designed as promotional material for the Royal Baking Powder Company, is set in the Oz community of Bunbury. Little Billy, who won't eat, is taken to the delicious kingdom Bunbury by King Hun Bun to help whet his appetite. Meanwhile, the King leaves the boy's mother with a recipe book for treats, made easy by the use of Price's Baking Powder.

Written by Ruth Plumly Thompson, though neither her name, nor the illustrator’s (Gertrude Kay) appears on the book.


In the early twenties, the Royal Baking Powder Company printed four of these pamphlets with poetry by Thompson, accompanied by illustrations and recipes. They were free giveaways and were not particularly high quality, so not so many still exist.

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