[“Come Mr. Bump, mabye we can find a way for] you to stop bumping into stuff,” Frog said.
"You can?!," Mr. Bump said.
"Yes, I found the perfect idea, get a job!"
"Thank you!," Mr. Bump said. "That is perfet!” Mr. Bump hugged Frog so hard that Toad laughed!
You’re not seeing things. That is almost certainly The Author employing italics for emphasis in the written word long before he had regular access to a sufficiently advanced word processor application on a computer.
I know this because I (being the same person as The Author) was almost certainly using machines of the Apple //e variety for all my computing needs in the school computer lab at the time. Though these machines were undisputed champions in the realm of simulating lemonade stand economics or deciding whether or not to eat a fish, I had little time during these brief lab visits to waste on typing characters on a screen that didn’t result in purchasing 5000 bullets.
Where The Author figured out how to use italics for emphasis, then, is completely beyond me. One can only assume he invented the idea. Let’s go with that.
Wait a minute, we’ve reached some kind of Actual Plot Part! Stop the presses! (…well, start the presses because print died years ago, then stop them again for dramatic effect) It would appear that the main plot of this book will be Mr. Bump looking for some kind of employment that will (in some as-yet unexplained manner) help cure him of his bumping! Clearly this a completely original story idea for Mr. Bump that was certainly never used in any previous works3 by the late Roger Hargreaves no certainly not HEY LOOK A BIRD
*runs away while The Reader is momentarily distracted by a bird flying across the page*
3 Hargreaves, Mr. Bump 8-20. ↩