Alice Hale Burnett was an American author of children's books. She is best kwn for writing books set in a small town called Merryvale. The adventures of Toad and Chuck Brown, Fat, Reddy are told by Burnett in a series of books called The Merryvale Boys. Titles in the series include: Circus Day at Merryvale, Father Brown's Indian Tale, The Picnic at Merryvale, Christmas Holidays in Merryvale, Merryvale Boys on the Farm and Hallowe'en at Merryvale. The series portrays a boy's life in small town America. In The Merryvale Girls series, Burnett tells the experiences of Beth, Mary and Jerry. Titles in the series include: Beth's Garden Party, A Day at the County Fair, Geraldine's Birthday Surprise and Mary Entertains the Sewing Club.