​Purchase volume 1 and 2 of the series Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor, complete with their original illustrations. The third installment Botts Breaks Hollywood is coming October 22, 2021!

Welcome to the world of Alexander Botts and Earthworm Tractors, a series of humorous short stories about a bumbling salesman’s trials and tribulations selling crawler tractors.

Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and the stories are based on Upson’s work as a factory assembler and sales demonstrator for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. This book includes the original illustrations that appeared with the stories in The Saturday Evening Post, and is part of a series that will be the first to present the entire collection.

In the first volume, Botts Begins, Botts talks his way into a job selling Earthworm Tractors for The Farmers’ Friend Tractor Company. His unusual sales tactics send the machines through impervious swamps, murky lakes, and high snowbanks. His schemes consistently backfire but, in the end, he never fails to close the deal!

In volume 2, Botts Abroad, Botts and his new bride travel to Europe on a special assignment to bring the solid, American-made machines to the Old World! Nicknamed “Gadget” because of her usefulness, Mrs. Botts proves to be as resourceful as her husband in cleverly closing deals in ancient cities previously thought to have no market for crawler tractors.

Alexander Botts and his Earthworm Tractor will charm readers young and old and entertain with innocent mayhem, timeless humor, and twists of fate.

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Title: Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor: Vol. 1 and 2
532 pages
ISBN-13: 9781642340778
Publisher: Octane Press
Publication date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Product Dimensions:
6 × 9 × 1 in
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Author: William Hazlett Upson