Huckleberry Hound Safety Signs
As a kid, Saturday mornings were spent in my PJs with a big bowl of sugar cereal (breakfast of champions), glued to the telly watching The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, and The Smurfs. Rituals are not meant to be broken. Keep reading…
Huckleberry Hound Safety Signs was written by Ann McGovern and illustrated by Al White. Huckleberry Hound was an animated character that starred in Hanna-Barbera’s The Huckleberry Hound Show. The series premiered in 1958 and starred a feeble-minded blue hound dog with a Southern drawl. It was the first fully animated series made strictly for television.
The illustrations stay true to the tv show. The style reflects the classic Saturday morning cartoons, from a time when each frame was painstakingly hand painted.
Huckleberry Hound Safety Signs was written in collaboration with The National Safety Council. The goal was to teach kids to follow safety rules like “Pick up your toys and put them away” and “Look both ways before crossing”. Huckleberry Hound gets a job as a sign delivery boy, but the job backfires when he doesn’t follow his own safety rules, putting himself and his friends in danger. With the help of his friends, Huckleberry Hound rights his wrong and the town becomes safe again.
Huckleberry Hound Safety Signs, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author Ann McGovern
Ann McGovern lost her dad at the age of five. To escape the loneliness, she often went to the library. Growing up she developed a stutter, which made it hard for her to communicate others. Writing allowed her the opportunity to express her feelings and thoughts.
Ann worked for many publishers over her career, mostly providing admin help. One day while working at Little Golden Books Ann overheard a coworker say that they needed a Little Golden Book about Roy Rogers, the famous cowboy. Knowing nothing about Roy Rogers she brought a comic book about him on her way home from work and spent the night studying the characters. She stayed up all night writing and rewriting the story; all her hard work paid off she landed her first writing gig.
To learn more about Ann McGovern please visit her website at www.annmcgovern.com
Illustrator Al White
I wasn’t able to find any information on Al White but there was plenty on Hanna-Barbera Studio. Former Metro Goldwyn Mayer animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, along with live-action director George Sidney, originally created the studio back in 1957. Over the next three decades the studio produced many successful animated shows including; The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, and The Smurfs among others.
Publisher: Golden Press; A Edition edition (1961)