I just watched those two cartoons, and they are not the one I remember, either. I think I have mentioned a vhs tape we had when we were little of the 50 Greatest Cartoons, and I'm sure the other one was on it. I would guess that it was in the same atmosphere of Have You Got Any Castles, (you said it was probably from the 30s) rather than that awful Book Revue.
This kind of cartoon (Book Revue) had to be what Fred Rogers was talking about during his plea for public television in 1969. He called the cartoons that were on tv then "bombardments". While this was most likely not created with children in mind, we all know that later all animated content was and is associated with children, and Looney Toons was widely shown.
You can probably already tell that I did not like Book Revue at all. I do not usually feel this strongly about cartoons, but I would venture to say I hated this one. It was much too loud, had way too liberal use of the literal state of the book titles, and just plain had too much going on with it. It seems like they threw the whole team's ideas together and crammed them all in there, whether they were good or bad.
And Daffy. I know I am supposed to love his character in this. He's a Danny Kaye caricature, and I am deeply in love with that man. I'll say this: Daffy should stick to his day job of being the secondary character in Bugs Bunny cartoons.
Furthermore, here is a thought about this and other cartoons featuring Frankie. Why do they always portray him as some deathly ill ghost character with a blue face? I wonder if people of the day really thought it was that funny, or if it's just because I've discovered that I don't like caricature.
Anyway, I'm going to keep looking for other cartoons that have book characters come to life. ☺
P. S. I forgot that I do have one good thing to say about this cartoon, and that is the beautiful music that starts it out. I wonder what it is? (and no, I'm not talking about The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down )