I found out about The Story of Ferdinand author Munro Leaf's other book last summer during the DT Bizzare Book Contest. DT reader Chris had submitted the 1938 classic, Safety Can Be Fun for its awesome combination of clean graphic design and wildly inappropriate content. [Leaf's own deliberately childish stick figures depict the various kinds of stupid, sissy Nit-Wits you absolutely didn't want to be, kids. Like the "No Brains, No Breath Nit-Wit. It is going to put that plastic bag over its head." I always make sure that the photo of the Wrong End Of The Gun Nit-Wit ends up on a few of my DT moo cards.]
Anyway, at the library this afternoon, the kid and I stumbled across SCBF. In person. Right there on the shelf. It is gorgeous, I had no idea. Printed only in red and black, I swear, the thing looks like it's letterpressed. So tactile and well-laid out. The library copy is pristine, too; In 35 years, I guess not many people in Northwest DC care to read to their kids about guns and fingers in toasters. I'm not sure what the other editions are like, but the New, Revised Edition, Seventh Printing, copyright renewed in 1961, is really beautiful. [Don't worry, I already asked the librarian if it's ever going to be deaccessioned, so if we "forget" to return it, she'll know I swiped it. Anyway, old copies are cheap enough online.]
Pick up a vintage copy of Safety Can Be Fun on Amazon [amazon]
 yeah, I know, Leaf wrote at least 20 other books, including at least eight more "____ Can Be Fun titles. Anyone got a book report on any of those?