Are you curious (George) about the Great Pumpkin? Wondering what’s happening in Riverdale? It is possible to do it all in one stop shopping at the Children’s Hospital Book Market, St. Vital Centre, until 5 p.m. Sept. 24.
The fundraiser has an exceptional selection of children’s books to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Curious George, the 50th anniversary of Linus’s Great Pumpkin and the 75th anniversary of Archie comics.
Also cause for celebration is that this is the 30th anniversary of St. Vital hosting the Children’s Hospital Book Market and monies raised for sick kids and research from this sale will break the record to total more than half a million dollar$ in sales!
Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end. The golden era of childhood known as the 1950’s when post WWII children were indulged and treasured. It was a time of moms at home, playing safely outside and books.
Comic books and children’s books blossomed as harsh war realities gave way to imagination and creativity in a world starved for just plain fun. Margaret and H.A. Rey, Charles Schulz and Bob Montana brought colour to a bleak world starting in the 1940’s with a curious little monkey, an elusive pumpkin and a bunch of OK high school kids.
The first manuscript of Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Rey was smuggled out of Nazi Germany. It was published in 1941 and has never been out of print. There are now over twenty-five million Curious George books in print. Long live books!
Archie comics first appeared on December 22, 1941 and fifty years later millions of readers buy the current spinoff books and check the weekend comics to see what the Riverdale gang of Archie Andrews, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Reggie, Mr. Weatherbee and Miss Grundy are up to.
The Great Pumpkin has joined the ranks of Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny as purveyors of hope and fifty years later Linus is still waiting and the story lives on.