Monday, May 19, 2008

Little Golden Book Monday #56

Today's Little Golden Book is The Little Red Caboose from1953. When I found this book, I immediately thought of my favorite book about a caboose called The Caboose Who Got Loose which was written by Bill Peet in 1971.
The story of the Little Red Caboose see the little caboose saving the day when a large train full of cars beings to loose steam going up a mountain the the little caboose puts on its breaks and stops the train from rolling back down the mountain long enough for another large steam engine to come up behind them and push them all safely up the hill.
The Caboose Who Got Loose on the other hand is about Katy Caboose. She is sad that she is always at the end of the train, and nobody ever bothers to wave at her like they do the engines up front. One day, she accidentally becomes detached from her train and ends up rolling out of control until she flies off the tracks and ends up high in a tree. She ends up finding happiness in high in the tree as as she has a wonderful view of the valley, and many of the animals end up using her as a shelter from the weather.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Morning Funnies Cereal

My 3 year old son has been really getting into superheros recently. This past weekend we attended the Emerald City ComicCon in Seattle, WA and had a blast! My son entered the costume contest as Batman. He also got some used Batman action figures, and a ton of comic books out of the 25 cent boxes, including all his favorites; Batman, Iron Man, Spider Man etc. We have been having lots of fun reading though all the comics, and as an added bonus, I am finding lots of great ads, including this full page ad I found in the Batman, issue #432 from April 1989.
It's an ad for a kids breakfast cereal called "Morning Funnies" and from the box artwork in the ad, it looks like the box featured lots of famous comic strip characters such as Dennis the Mennis, Marvin, Hagar, Beetle Bailey, etc., but the cereal looked to be pretty generic looking little happy faces.
The box looked very interesting, as it had a flap on the back that opened like a comic book to revel more comics to read while sitting eating your Morning Funnies.
Back in 1989 I was already a big cereal box collector, and was always on the lookout for new boxes to add to my collection. I don't recall ever seeing this cereal, but since its been almost 20 years, maybe I did see it, but didn't like it enough for it to leave a lasting impression.
In any event, I would love to add one of these boxes to my collection. At least now, I have the ad - that is, if my son will let me have this comic from his collection.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Little Golden Book Monday #55

Tonights little Golden Book is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I picked this book up at the thrift shop because I love Little Golden Books and loved the cover. But I have never actually seen the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and don't have a clue what the movie is about, other than it obviously stars an old looking car.
I looked up the movie on the Internet Movie DataBase and found the the movie came out in 1968, which is the same year as this book, so it looks like this is a fist edition. As for the plot of the movie, here is what I found on the IMDB: A wierd inventor (Caractacus Potts) invents an amazing flying car, which drives by itself. It takes him and his family to Vulgaria, where the sinister buffoon Baron Bomburst kidnaps the car. The baron has made children illegal, and Caractacus and Co. have to try and rescue the children of Vulgaria.