Vintage Reads #20: Bananas and Other Grade School Reads
I wasn't much of a book reader in elementary and middle school. Unless the book happened to be about Bigfoot or Kiss, I probably wasn't interested. However, I did read quite a bit, but it was stuff with lots of pictures: i.e. comic books and magazines. I'd read a Doonesbury compendium that had way more words and harder concepts than any Judy Blume novel; but, because it wasn't a chapter book, my parents and teachers remained unimpressed.
In terms of magazines, this is what I read from First Grade all the way through to Seventh: Bananas, Pizazz, Dynamite, Cracked, MAD, and Crazy. All of which I read religiously, cover to cover, multiple times till they were wore out.
By junior high, I graduated to more "intellectual" reading: Creem, Eerie, Creepy, Hit Parader, and even Omni. But my heart still has a soft spot for those old kids mags. That's why I thought it was time to resurrect one of my old faves, Bananas. Enjoy.