Silly Finds at Grandma's House

Movie, TV, and toy tie-in books have been around for years.  There were the Big Little Books in the '30s and '40, all kinds of Little Golden Books and their copy-cat spawn, and of course, junior novelizations and the ever-popular 8" x 8" paperback picture book.  I have a large number of nifty vintage books of the LGB, Elf, and Tell-A-Tale variety, and the girls have the paperback goofiness of today: Lalaloopsy, My Little Pony, etc.

My grandmother has two bedrooms full of my sister's and my old toys and books.  Last week, the girls and I went through the bookshelves, and found some funny tie-ins of the 1980s.  I doubt these will ever be as collectible as the appealing Big Little Books I see at the antique malls.

Ah, toys of the '80s.  These are hardcovers.  (Note the TG&Y sticker on the Care Bears book!)  Between The Care Bears Movie on Netflix and my huge collection of CPK dolls (the girls like to borrow them from Grandma's), these were already quite familiar to the girls.

Not so familiar to the girls were Popples.  In fact, I have only vague memories of Popples.  You can find Popples cartoons and commercials on YouTube, and there was an attempt a few years ago to bring them back.  (See the official website here.)  This might have been my sister's book.

Now these are familiar.  My youngest found an old Alvin & the Chipmunks movie on Netflix streaming, and she claimed this activity book for herself.  (See the Jolly Time Popcorn logo?  Hmmm...)  The Jem book was definitely my little sister's.  She is the one who loaned them her Jem DVDs in the first place.  (Now it's on Netflix!)   It's for older readers, and the oldest daughter has claimed it.

Awww, now these are based on movies I love:  An American Tale and The Secret of NIMH.  My grandma took me to see The Secret of NIMH when I was five years old, and it was my favorite movie for a long time.  No wonder I had a book to go with it.  (I was certainly too young for the book on which the movie was based, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.)  And Tony and Fievel was obviously from McDonald's. Which brings us to...

A McDonald's book for a movie that is essentially a giant commercial for McDonald's.  (Really.  Watch the second half.)  I have watched this movie occasionally at Christmas, especially when we still had cable and I'd find it flipping through channels.  The first part of the movie, with the Santa origin story, is rather pretty.  I think it's pretty silly after that, though.

Tee hee.  No sign of the cassette tape that came with this one.  But let's remember the rules, shall we?  1. Mogwais hate bright light.  2. Don't get them wet.  And 3.  NEVER, never feed them after midnight.

Happy Birthday, Judy!

On this day in 1922 - 90 years ago! - Frances Ethel Gumm was born.  By 1935, she was better known as Judy Garland.

By the time my oldest was four years old, if you asked her to name her favorite movie star, she would beam and answer, "Judy Garland!"

We are huge fans of The Wizard of Oz.  We know the movie inside and out.  (She and I read all the original Oz books by L. Frank Baum, too, thus the "silver shoes" in my blog title.)  But the Judy love doesn't stop there.  Meet Me in St. Louis runs a very close second, and The Harvey Girls and Easter Parade have also found their way onto our television.

Of course, the kiddos don't know much about Ms. Garland's sad personal life.  They only know the young, effervescent Judy of '30s and '40s musicals.  But I thought I'd post this lovely clip I found on YouTube today from The Judy Garland Show in 1963.  Here's an older Judy singing one of my favorite songs, "Smile."

(Today would have been the 84th birthday of Maurice Sendak, but as this blog is mostly about books we love, I figure Sendak will be mentioned enough around here!)

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