Thursday, March 29, 2012

Too Many Bozos

Too Many Bozos
Lilian Moore ~ Susan Perl ~ Golden, 1960

As a child, there were only a handful of artists whose art I connected with strongly... Mercer Mayer, Hillary Knight, Gyo Fujikawa, and Susan Perl. Blogging about and collecting kids' books going on seven years now, I'm always amazed when I still have those Ah-Ha moments and come face to face with a childhood book memory, long forgotten.

Four weeks ago the awesome Frecklewonder posted a picture of this book on her Instagram, and I swear, I almost burst into tears. I don't remember owning this book or ever visiting it in the library. I have no idea where I encountered it, but the moment I saw the cover, I could visualize every picture in it down to exact pen strokes. Within minutes I had ordered a copy of my own online and a few days later, it was in my hand.

Seeing it again after so many years, literally made me squeal. Trust me, if I could marry this book, I would.

That said, I really had to restrain myself from scanning the whole darn thing.

"Mother," said Danny Drake. "May I have a dog?"

Danny's mother looked at Danny. "Danny Drake," she said.

"You asked me that last week. And what did I say?"

"No," said Danny.

"You asked me that the week before," said his mother. "And what did I say?"

"No," said Danny.

Danny's mother said, "No! I'm sorry, Danny. Our house is too small for a dog."

"But I have a good name for a dog," said Danny. "I want to call him Bozo."

To replace the dog he's not allowed to have, Danny ends up with a myriad of Bozos... a frog, a mouse and a mess of angry ants, all to the chagrin of his mom. Not until the last page does she finally cave and let happiness take over.

Still a great story after all these years.

One of the most awesome parts of being a parent is that you get to take these warm, fuzzy, nostalgic memories and share them with your own kids.

Sometimes they get them.

Sometimes they don't.

Sometimes they weep openly three times during the new Muppet movie, and sometimes, after reading a book for the first time, they draw awesome pictures like this.

That's when this searching and the sharing makes it all worth while.

The miracle of the Internet folks. Really, how flipping cool is that?

Also by:
More Easy Answers
A Flower Pot Is Not a Hat
Susan Perl's Color Wheel


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vigilceo said...

Thank you for posting this one. The illustrations looked vaguely familiar to me, but when I scrolled down to the picture of him holding the mouse up to his mom's face I KNEW I had seen this at one point in my life! I found a copy on ebay for sale with a few other books from the 70's, a couple of which had been written by Ruthanna Long! (author of my beloved Witches, Ghosts and Goblins !) I cannot wait to receive them!

Jill said...

The internet is indeed so cool! Looks like a great book.

Antmusic said...

I had this in a reading anthology.

The Read-It-Yourself Storybook (A Golden Book): The Monkey and the Bee, Tony and His Friends, Emily's Moo, Come On! Play Ball!, Peek-a-Boo, Eddie's Moving Day, Too Many Bozos by Leland B. Jacobs, Kelly Oechsli (Illustrator), Ken Wagner (Author), Tibor Gergely (Author), Ilse-Margret Vogel (Author), Janet Deering (Author), Lilian Moore (Author), Joe Kaufman (Illustrator), Susan Perl (Illustrator)

Burgin Streetman said...

Now that does sound familiar... does the cover look like this?

Antmusic said...

There are at least two covers for it

Unknown said...

Love this book it was my favourite as a child sadly I lost it through the years I will have to order it I will still enjoy its simplicity even in my 50s

Unknown said...

Love this book it was my favourite as a child sadly I lost it through the years I will have to order it I will still enjoy its simplicity even in my 50s

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