Before there were comic books (by one year), there were Big Little Books. I don’t recall ever owning a Big Little Book until I discovered four of them in a box lot of books I bought a few years ago.
These compact cuties were first published in 1932 by the Whitman Publishing Company of
. They offered the reader a BIG amount of reading material in a LITTLE sized book. Though the dimensions have varied slightly over the years, the early ones measured 3-5/8” x 4-1/2” x 1-1/2” thick with over 400 pages and sold for 10 cents. The first BLB, The Adventures of Dick Tracy, was published just before Christmas in 1932. Production of Big Little Books spanned more than 50 years and spawned a number of similar-sized books by other publishers. Titles and content were influenced by motion pictures, radio, and comic strips. Source: www.biglittlebooks.com Racine, WI
My oldest BLB is Donald Duck in
and was published in 1949. It’s a mere 286 pages in length and there is a black and white illustration opposite EVERY page of text. That 1:1 ratio of picture to text was one of the outstanding features that made the books so popular. Volcano Valley
My 1967 Donald Duck – The Fabulous Diamond Fountain, is 249 pages in length. I actually have a hardcover and a soft cover version of this one. The hardcover is illustrated in color, the soft cover in black and white.
I’m sure my last book was inspired by the Space Race of the 60s. Major Matt Mason – Moon Mission was published in 1968 and told of his adventures with Moon Worms, Underground Caverns and Mysterious Explosions (according to the back cover of the book)!
It's ironic that one of the characters in the book was named Kirk!
Do you remember Big Little Books?
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