Yes indeed, late August and surrounded by holiday books. We Do It Now So You Don't Have To Later. Perhaps the most eccentric title in this year's pile is, depending on how you punctuate the title page, It's a Wonderful Life for Kids, or "It's a Wonderful Life": for Kids, due next month from Dutton. Written by Jimmy Hawkins, who played little Tommy Bailey in the movie, it retells, in the form of a sequel, the scenario of It's A Wonderful Life as it might have been experienced by Tommy: in his case, Tommy loses the envelope containing money for the library fund, and in his despair runs to the local bridge, where he meets . . . Arthur, Angel Second Class, sent down by ol' Clarence who once helped out Tommy's father. And, likewise, Timmy gets to see what life in Bedford Falls would have been like had he never been born. Talk about the sins of the fathers . . . .
Still, ka-ching! I wonder who got his wings for this one?