New Pile O' Books

June 28, 2012




I scored! A great little pile of new reading material that I found at our local used bookshop. I have to credit Andrew for cluing me in about used book stores. I didn't pay more than $4 for any one of these books! 'The Family Under the Bridge' is a bit tool old for Julia but I'm saving it for her. I'd never heard of this one about some French children who befriend a man living under a bridge, but I'm on a mission to collect every book ever illustrated by Garth Williams. That's a kickin' goal, by the way.

And then what else...got a Native American tale by Tomie de Paola that I'd never heard of, so that was rad. I might have missed the window of Julia's Busytown obsession (so last year!), but I picked up 'Richard Scarry's Best Mysteries Ever!' anyway. Got 'Tinkering Tink'  because duh, it's Tinkerbell. The Little Golden Book version of 'Cinderella' made it home as well, Julia seems to be appreciating this fairy tale the most right now.

But the one I'm most excited about showing you is 'George's Marvelous Medicine' by Roald Dahl. It's one of his shorter stories. And I had never read it, so I got to have as much fun as Julia did while reading this book.

AND WHAT FUN WE HAD. Julia seriously screamed with laughter at various parts. The basic gist of the tale is that a little boy has the world's meanest grammy and decides to poison her. SO FUNNY! Yes, we like our humor dark around here and Roald Dahl is the king of dark kid lit humor. (Actually, young George in the tale is trying to 'help' his grandma by 'improving' her normal medicinal tonic by emptying jars of shoe polish and paint and car oil and face powder and it goes on and on and on.....) 

We were all so entranced with this book that even though Andrew and I take turns putting Julia to bed and reading to her, whoever had the off night came in to hear the story, we didn't want to miss any of it! I don't want to spoil any more of this book for you, but let's just say interesting and magical things happen to poor grandma....

Run for this one folks. SO FUNNY! I know, I said that already. But really it is. If you've got some real funnies for me, I'd love to hear about it!






11 comments:

  1. Love your blog! Just reserved Mr. Grumpy's OUting from a previous post of yours. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh thank you so much!! So lovely to hear that :) -- You're quick, you saw that post? I mistakenly published it last night with the wrong date, oopsie, I'm going to run it for real next week. :)

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  2. I loooooooove 'George's Marvelous Medicine'! My mom used to read all of of Roald Dahl's books to when we were kids, and this one was a big favorite. I'm so glad to hear that you love it too, though I would expect nothing less. ;)

    Oh, and by the way... this is Michelle from If Toys Could Talk. :) My toy blog still exists, but this week I gave my other blog a facelift and some new direction. I'd love it if you'd come by for a visit! :)

    xoxo

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    1. Michelle! I love that name for your blog! So darling!! Of course I will come by, and talk your ear off in the process....:) xoxo

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    2. And YES, is that book not THE FUNNIEST?? My favorite part is when grandma goes thru the roof....literally.

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  3. Used bookstores rule! And Garth Williams, Tomie dePaola, and Roald Dahl in the same score? WIN!

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    1. I know!!!! So great right?? I was so happy!

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  4. My brother used to live up in the Portland area, he had some incredible used book stores close by. Maybe the west coast is where it's at for cool stores. The several times I visited I had a ball looking through books. Here where I live the Used Book stores DO NOT EXIST. It kinda breaks my heart. So I thrift, library and order on line :) I guess I'll survive. Nice finds!

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    1. thanks Miss Robyn! oh your brother has it made -- he must live at Powell's bookstore!!!!

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  5. Everyone is finding all these great used books this week it seems! I want to get in on some of the great find action! My oldest is big into anything detective-ish and would go nuts over the Richard Scarry msyteries.

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    1. I consider my all time score to be a really obscure Elsa Beskow hardback that in perfect condition, last holiday time. Couldn't believe someone would part with it!

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