The Bookman (essay date 1906)
SOURCE: A review of Baby Bullet, in The Bookman, London, Vol. XXIX, No. 173, February, 1906, p. 225.
[In the following review, the critic characterizes Baby Bullet as a pleasant but essentially popular novel.]
The fine literary quality that distinguished many of the stories in Mr. Lloyd Osbourne's Love the Fiddler and The Queen versus Billy is lacking in his Baby Bullet, which is a light readable novel of the more popular kind, written in the easy, agreeable, somewhat commonplace style that seems essential to popularity. Not that the story itself is commonplace—it is an amusing and ingenious romance of a pretty American girl and her governess who are making a walking tour through England, and come into possession of an obsolete-pattern motor-car, which is continually breaking down, and involves them in all manner of difficulties and delectable adventures, but carries them to an altogether idyllic happiness at last. There is enough technical motor talk to delight the expert, and not enough of it to worry the ignorant; the love episodes are touched in with a charming airiness; the humour of the book verges at times on the broadly farcical, but the interest of it never flags for a minute, and it makes very pleasing reading throughout.