|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.