The Little Boy Who Ran Away (A Bonnie Book)

The Little Boy Who Ran Away (A Bonnie Book)
by Lucy [MacDonald], illustrated by Emmo [Martian].
Kenosha, WI:  John Martin's House, Inc./James & Jonathan Company, 1946.

More cheapie children's goodness from the past for you today!  I've shown off quite a few Little Golden Books and Tell-A-Tales, some Elf and Junior Elf, and a Ding Dong School title.  Today's book is a Bonnie Book.  I really need a good children's book collecting guide, but from what I can gather, Bonnie Books were published by James & Jonathan Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin.  (Little Golden Books & Whitmans were printed in Racine.)  John Martin's House was the publishing company of John Martin's Book, a popular children's magazine during the early part of the twentieth century.  Bonnie Books were another line of inexpensive, mass-market books for children.

This book is quite amusing to me.  The illustrations are darling.  When we meet the little boy, Toby, he is almost reminiscent of a Betsey Clark illustration.  Toby is tired of doing all the things he's supposed to do, so he decides to run away.  He winds up in the country, where he explores the farm and has a lot of fun.  Then it starts to rain and he gets scared.  Lucky for him, the familiar neighborhood mail carrier appears, and takes him home, where Toby's sweetly smiling mother awaits him at the door.  On the last page, Toby is contentedly eating a sandwich.  "Guess I like home best of all," said Toby.

I don't really think I need to comment on any of that, tee hee.  Here are a few pictures from the book.











Comments

  1. TOTALLY ADORABLE!!!!! Oh the treasures you find, you clever clever girl!!

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    1. This one was a 99 cent eBay purchase, free shipping. I was looking for another book, but I figured I could swing 99 cents to own my first Bonnie Book!

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  2. This is such a darling little book! The illustrations are amazing with lively colors. Toby reminds me sometimes of Dennis the Menace with his mischievous face in some pages!

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    1. Yes! I can see the Dennis the Menace comparison.

      The old '50s/'60s TV show is on Netflix. Big Sis went through them all 2 or 3 times. I love that she loved it so much. Some things just don't go out of style.

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  3. You find such wonderful stuff! I've yet to come across any Bonnie Books... I must be on the lookout for them now! My list of things to keep my eyes open for gets bigger all the time! I've missed reading your blog, I need to catch up!

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    1. Roybn!!! Hugs! I was so excited to see I had a comment from you. You have been missed, but that's okay. We know you've been busy!

      I was looking around on eBay for the Bonnie Drive-In Theater Movie books. This one, for example: http://www.amazon.com/Movie-Book-Trotty-Elsie-Church/dp/B000RC0AH4/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375293641&sr=1-7

      There's a dial on the front (if the book is still intact) that you can turn to watch a "movie" of the story. So cute!!!!

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  4. My grandma and grandad used to read this book to me all the time when I was growing up :) brings back some good and some sad memories :( thank u so much for sharing x

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    1. Aww, I have books like that, too. xoxo Thank you for stopping by.

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