UK First Edition
1974 - Heinemann

US First Edition
1974 - Delacorte

A young boy has a brilliant idea for a toy - a toy gun which shoots bubbles. He builds a working model of it, and shows it to his father. Unfortunately, his father shows no interest in the toy. So, to demonstrate to his father that it is worth doing, he gets on a bus and takes it to Washington to patent it. This is his story, and the story of the people he meets along the way.

In this book, subtitled An Odyssey of Innocence, Gallico has produced a lovely story of an innocent child coming to terms with the fact that the world is an unfair place. This is one of his good ones.

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