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!