Saturday, September 29, 2012

Josie and the Pussycats Crossword Puzzles

1976, possibly first edition, from Grosset & Dunlap
Dawn Gerger
Josie and the Pussycats Crossword Puzzles
Original price 75 cents, purchase price 49 cents
Worn paperback

Twenty-four crosswords for children, I'm guessing approximately 3rd-grade level.  Surprisingly, none of the words have been filled in for this copy, so an adult, or a bright child, can do the answers in his/her head, as I did.

Not every clue or even subject has much to do with the title band, although the illustrations show a member, or one of their friends, performing an activity related to the topic, like Alan M. happily at the dentist's office for "Tooth Talk."  And not every clue is related to the subject.  Some words are repeated, like "dogs."  The book is mainly notable for the illustrations, which not only make Josie look as blonde as Melody but which (except for on the front cover in color) make Valerie look like a white girl with a perm.

The cartoon series from 1970-71 was being rerun at the time this book came out, and of course I was a fan of the show, and the "outer space" version.  So I bought this book for nostalgic reasons as an adult, although it doesn't capture the charm of the show.

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