Gidget, The Little Girl With Big Ideas - Frederick Kohner 1957 - G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York - First edition, first printing ‘I’m writing this down because I once heard that when you’re getting older you’re liable to forget things and I’d sure be the most miserable woman in the world if I ever forgot what happened this summer’.

Gidget, (‘girl + midget = Gidget’) the plucky, bikini-clad, teenage girl who surfed her way into kitschy American pop culture in 1957 with her spirited tales of surfboards, waves, guys, hopes, and dreams. With illustrations by Ronald Wing.
  Created by Austrian-born novelist and screenwriter Frederick Kohner (1905-1986) who relocated to America in the early 1930s where he became a screenwriter for Columbia Pictures, the fictional character of Gidget and her beach adventures were inspired by his diminutive daughter Kathy’s accounts of the surf culture of Malibu, California, and the summers she spent there, ‘shooting the curl’, as a teenager.

Gidget went on to inspire a series of novels, films, and television series, and would be recreated on both stage and screen by numerous actresses, including Sandra Dee and Sally Field.

References: Publishers Weekly 2001. Sachs, ‘
In Malibu, Gidget’s Up’ The Washington Post 2005. ‘Frederick Kohner’, web
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  Condition: Near fine, initials to front free endpaper, in very good jacket, colours bright, front panel with 1cm chip to lower corner of front panel and abrasion to upper corner, spine with two 1cm closed tears, rear panel moderately soiled and with 5mm chip to top edge.   Ref: 106224   Price: HK$ 3,800