Monday, January 03, 2011

Hi and Lois

Beware! Children at Play (1972) was the first and only Hi and Lois comic I ever owned and quickly earned a place among my most cherished childhood possessions (Charlie Brown dictionary, Peanuts comics, Snoopy's Holiday Greetings puzzle set, doll house, smurfs, Blueberry Muffin doll, Uncle Arthur's bedtime stories, Disney's Wonderful World of Reading Cinderella story book, Flip and Fold Fashions, Sesame Street's Sleepy Time Bird album, the adventures of Frog and Toad, Highlights magazines, sticker album, fourth grade copy of Anne of Green Gables, Miss Osborne the Mop, Lite Brite, my brother's Star Wars action figures, crayons/pencil crayons, stationary, bangles, friendship beads, play-dough etc). It was another gem brought into our household via Scholastic Books (in the days before Amazon delivered books in delightful brown packages). In elementary school, I read and re-read the little book until the pages became worn and faded. Following their daily adventures—especially the larger, colourized versions at week's end in the Saturday edition of the Toronto Star—the cast of characters aka the Flagston family: Hi, Lois, Chip, Dot, Ditto and Trixie were already well acquainted friends. Simple, everyday stories with a bit of fun and comfort mixed in. Good times—even when read at the crack of dawn under the covers.

The back cover. (images:


  1. This was one of my favourite comics in the funny pages. This book looks very familiar - I think that I might have had it too. I still have my Anne of Green Gables book and stickerbooks. I was kind of jealous of my friend Jenny who had lite brite (did I spell that right?

  2. Yup, that's the correct spelling of Lite Brite! :) I read and re-read my copy of Anne - the pages are worn and torn apart in some places. I need to take some pics of my old sticker album. Lots of memories in there!


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