Kharkiv: DITVIDAV, 1934. Item #196
 pp.: ill. 29,5x22,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Some pages are in the wrong order. Tear of the few pages. Otherwise a very good/near fine copy.
Very rare. Famous poem for children by Korney Chukovsky about a magical creature by the name Moydodyr (literally «Wash ‘til Holes»). In Ukrainian, translated by M. Rilsky.
The poem is about a small boy who doesn’t want to wash. His toys and clothes magically left him, and suddenly an anthropomorphic
washstand appeared - Moydodyr - who was a chief of all soap bars and sponges and eventually made him take a bath. The poem ends with a moralistic not on the virtue of hygiene.
In 'Moydodyr' and 'Fedorino Gore' Chukovsky half-mockingly used light parody on Mayakovsky’s futuristic texts. The very idea of «riot of things» came from Mayakovsky, and only in 'Moydodyr' Chukovsky used Mayakovsky’s ‘staircase’.
Illustrated by Yury Annenkov (1889-1974), Russian artist mostly known for book illustrations and portraits; prominent figure of Russian avant-garde.
He was the first illustrator of this tale (1923) and created set of illustrations, even depicted himself and the author on one illustration. This set was used regularly by different Soviet publishers even after the artist emigrated.
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