H.R. Pufnstuf Illustrated book artwork from 1970

A children's book for the TV series H.R. Pufnstuf from the 70s

picture of harcover book with illustration

This is a children's illustrated book from 1970 featuring characters from the television series H.R. Pufnstuf.

It was part of a series of Tell-A-Tale books published by Whitman featuring popular television shows for young readers.

picture of book pages with illustrations

The cool thing about it is it has Illustrations drawn by Sparky Moore and Bob Totten instead of just taking images from the TV show.

picture of book pages with illustrations

H.R. Pufnstuf is a children's television series produced by Sid and Marty Krofft.

It was the first Krofft live-action show that the team produced.

picture of book pages with illustrations

What does HR stand for in Pufnstuf?

Marty Krofft has said the initials H.R. actually stand for "Royal Highness" backward.

The name H.R. Pufnstuf was derived from two things. "Pufnstuf" was based on the song "Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary, and knowing there was going to be "all this other stuff" involved is where "Pufnstuf" came from.

via - Sid & Marty Krofft Wiki

picture of book pages with illustrations

Why did H.R. Pufnstuf get Cancelled?

It Was Too Expensive to make.

The team lost a million dollars in making the show. So, despite the fact that NBC was prepared to do a second season, and even slightly increased the budget, the Kroffts couldn't afford it.

via - Groovy History

picture of book pages with illustrations

picture of book pages with illustrations

Fun Fact

Penny Marshall of Lavern & Shirley fame apparently auditioned for the role of Witchiepoo in H.R. Pufnstuf. 

As we know she wasn't selected for the part.

picture of hardcover book back cover

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