Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Johnny Barton Gruelle  

Pen Name: Johnny Gruelle


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: December 24, 1880 in Arcola, Illinois

Died: January 9, 1038 in Miami, Florida

-- Johnny Gruelle on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Gruelle was born in Arcola, Illinois and lived there until 1882.

Biographical and Professional Information

Johnny Gruelle was a freelance illustrator, essayist, columnist, cartoonist and magazine writer, but he was best known for creating Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy - the whimsical dolls and storybook characters that brought him national acclaim. Gruelle's family moved to Indianapolis when he was two years old. There, he was a cartoonist for the ''Indianapolis Star.'' His cartoons also appeared in many newspapers, usually signed as Grue. They included ''Cleveland Press'', ''The Toledo News-Bee'', ''The Pittsburgh Press'', ''The Tacoma Times'', and ''The Spokane Press''. He was a comic strip artist for the ''New York Herald''. During his life, Gruelle lived in Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, Oregon and Florida.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Raggedy Ann.
ISBN: 0689861621. OCLC Number: 52212860

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

After joining Raggedy Ann and Andy in Marcella's household, a frisky puppy appropriately called Rags helps rescue Ann when she goes sailing one day.

Additional Title Information

  • Ethel Fairmont, Rhymes for Kindly Children

    , Wise Paslow, 1937, ISBN:

  • Raggedy Ann Goes Sailing

    , McLoughlin, 1941, ISBN:

  • Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Fat Policeman

    , J. Gruelle, 1942, ISBN:

  • Raggedy Ann and the Betsy Bonnet String

    , J. Gruelle, 1943, ISBN:

  • Raggedy Ann in the Snow White Castle

    , J.Gruelle, 1946, ISBN:

  • Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Kindly Ragman

    , Bobbs Merrill, 1977, ISBN:

  • Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Witchie Kissabye

    , Bobbs Merill, 1977, ISBN:

  • Raggedy Granny Stories (Illustrator)

    , Grosset & Dunlap, 1997, ISBN:

  • The Raggedy Ann & Andy Storybook

    , Grosset & Dunlap, 1980, ISBN:

  • The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Illustrator)

    , Derrydale Books, 1981, ISBN: