January 28, 2014

Vintage Book Finds

 Hey friends! I bet you didn't think I was gonna ever talk about cool books anymore, huh. Got some new books! Cuz, we seem to have a shortage around here. Let me justify these purchases, if I may. See this book here, 'The Magical Monarch of Mo'? DO YOU SEE IT?? Well, 1) it's by one of my great great great favs, L. Frank Baum, Mr. WIZARD OF OZ to you, and 2) I have never seen this book in person in any store or in any home ever in my whole life; I've only seen the book referenced in other L. Frank Baum books. After being on the lookout for 20 years, I wasn't even sure that book really existed.

Well not only does it really appear to be real, I bought it in a used bookstore, and it's in perfect condition, softcover, but that's fine. I can't believe I found it!

I hope it's good, but I don't even care, this one is total thrill of the chase for me, I've been wanting to have this one for SO LONG.

 Don't we already live in the land of the civilized monkeys????? (Andrew: "yes, it's called 'my house' and they aren't so civilized.")

 Bredenbutta. Do you get it????

No idea who Maetta is but she's a sorceress apparently, and I'm totally down with her awesome magical floor lamp.

Ok here we have a copy of 'Theater Shoes' by Noel Streatfeild, who also wrote 'Ballet Shoes', which someday I will be writing AN EPIC BLOG POST about, because it's my favoritest book EVER, but all the Shoes series books are good, and 'Theater Shoes' is a super fun one. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD IN THIS WORLD, someday you and or your kids have to read the 'Shoes' books, all about English school-age children who grow up in the world of performing arts.

I loved the 'Shoes' books with all of my being.

(Can't recall why the kitty isn't trying to eat the mousie. Instead they are dancing a jig, because they're pals.)

I also picked up 'Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride' by George Selden and illustrated by my FAVORITE illustrator, Garth Williams. It's one in a series of books that begin with 'A Cricket in Times Square' which is a great classic and great fun and I'm going to read that with Julia sometime in the next couple of months, and then trot this one out. I adored these books when I was in the 3rd grade, I think.

Still can't believe I found that Monarch of Mo book. I'm psyched, yo.

26 comments:

  1. I'm still bitter that my childhood copy of 'Ballet Shoes' disappeared. (I blame my sister.) I read it so many times, but I never had any of the other Shoe books. I don't know whether my daughter (8yrs) would like them and I can't remember when I read them. I recently tried to read a little of 'Anne of Green Gables' to her, but the vocabulary was beyond her. "This whole paragraph is just one sentence?!?" is what she said. Will she want to read it in 5th or 6th grade? Nobody knows...

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    1. I still have mine but it is really worse for wear -- I prefer the cover art to the ones they are making now, which look a bit insipid and cartoony. Oh well, still brilliant on the inside!

      Ok Anne of GG. My aunt gave me the whole set as a Christmas present when I was 10 or 11. And I remember being like...ok......until I began reading!!!! And then of course, I was ENTHRALLED. I do think you have to be in 5th-6th ish grade to really get full enjoyment from it. Don't despair, there's still lots of time for Anne love to grow! :)

      (PEI is on my bucket list)

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  2. I'm imagining lots of jumping up and down and squealing in the bookstore when you caught your white whale of a book. ;) I hope it's a wonderful as you're hoping!

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    1. It was more of a gasp! I was like, (insert loud gasp) and then I said, JULIA! OMG! I've been looking for this book for years and years! More gasping. :)

      I have great faith in L. Frank Baum, I honestly have loved everything he's ever written.

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  3. I realllly like the art in the first one. Fab finds.

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    1. I tell you, there is nothing in this world quite like finding awesome book treasure. (except money treasure I guess. or GOLD.) :)

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  4. Awesome Baum find! I have never read any of the "Shoe" books, and I admit, I never heard of them until You Got Mail. (Thank goodness I was still in college, and not a big box store bookseller like the kid in Fox Books at the time!) I never read beyond The Cricket in Times Square, either. Actually, now that I think of it, that one was read aloud to us by our teacher. Maybe teachers... I think two of my grade school teachers read it to their classes. Anyhooness, awesome finds!

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    1. I want you to appreciate how calm I am being. No exclamation points.

      I'm sending you a copy for Christmas next holiday season.

      Also, totally stealing 'anyhooness.' :)

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    2. Yes, I immediately thought of "You Got Mail." I missed this series growing up and now that I have boys the shoe books won't be on our reading list … unless there are knights? dragons? ninjas?

      Congrats on your awesome book find! Savor the thrill of victory!

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    3. sadly, no ninjas -- but you might enjoy these books for you! very cozy reads and it's never too late to read what you missed in childhood!

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  5. LOVED Noel Streatfield, esp Ballet Shoes. You know theres a miniseries? And I read Theatre Shoes two weeks ago! I had never heard of it. Apparently it was originally called Curtain Up. The whole shoe names being a modern thing. And between making school lunches and breakfast and all that rubbish I YEARNED for a rough towel and block shoes and all the stage school stuff. She wrote a book called Saplings for adults - quite sad to be honest, I prefer the kids stuff.

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    1. I do know!! I saw it! Sadly, I didn't loooooove it, I wanted to oh so much. It was ok, but this was a case of me being so hung up on every detail of the book being perfect, I don't think anything would have made me happy. I didn't know about the adult book! Oh my you sound just like me.....all I wanted was to be a little British stage child in one of these stories.....:)

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    2. After Ballet Shoes, Dancing Shoes is my next best favorite. Have you read that one? Oh when that spoiled girl gets passed over for the movie role in favor of Rachel.....I was so totally delighted! :)

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    3. is that the one where she gets the part in the movie of The Secret Garden? If so I loved it. And theres Apple Bough and Thursdays Child. I still have Apple Bough but not Thursdays Child. I really expected to be disappointed by Theatre Shoes, as my Noel Streatfield memories are so perfect, but I wasn't. It was still fantastic. Next I'm going to re read Anne of Green Gables and forget about adult fiction for the moment.

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    4. Rachel gets a part in some random movie called 'Flotsam' about a little girl found after being lost at sea. or something. the child star brat thought she had it in the bag, but was rejected b/c she didn't have a soulful enough face/presence. !!!!!!!

      I'm totally overdue for another millionth re-read of the Anne series. last summer I re-read all the Little House on the Prairie books, it was sooooooooo fun

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  6. How fun, to find the book you have been searching for. You will probably hate me when I say I'm not a Baum fan, but I love these illustrations anyway.

    I also think I need to delve into the "Shoe" books. I've never read them but the more I hear of them the more I think they would delight my daughter's heart.

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    1. We can TOTALLY still be friends!! Actually, as much as I enjoyed the 'Oz' books, the ones I really thought were the best were his books 'American Fairy Tales' and 'Queen Zixi of Ix' -- those books are brilliant and you might enjoy them a lot more than the Oz series!

      The Shoes books are all fabulous, and best for 4th-5th grades, I think. I can't tell you how much I loved them!

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  7. Bredenbutta- that is truly awesome. What a fantastic find- I need to get to used bookstores more often. Also, I too love Garth Williams! I read Cricket in Times Square to my daughter a couple years ago and she still remembers it. Missed your book posts!

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    1. We are really fortunate to have some truly great used bookstores around our area -- I have found some real hidden gold in them!! I'll be more on top of getting out the book posts -- sometimes I'd rather talk about food ha -- I go back and forth all the time as to what kind of blog I want to be when I grow up, with the result being the mish mash mess you see here, ha ha ha ;)

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  8. That's one of the great thing about shopping in a used bookstore! I can totally imagine your delight when you found this one! But I am ashamed to admit I don't get "Bredenbutta"...

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    1. Bredenbutta is a funny spin on the words "bread and butter" -- apparently there is a character in the book whose name is Bredenbutta :) totally L. Frank Baum silliness!

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    2. LOL ok thanks for the explanation!!!

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  9. Such good finds! And your photography is gorgeous as well!

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    1. oh wow Michaele, thanks so much! I actually did this post really fast in terrible lighting and I wasn't super thrilled with the blur on some of the photos, so omigolly thank you!!! Here's a funny thing -- for my book photos I use my Lumix point and shoot set on the food setting, b/c the text comes out clearest that way! (usually) :)

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  10. I love all these books!!! Especially The Monarch of Mo! My mom recently sent me my old copy of Queen Zixi of Ix!!! I am so happy!

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    1. Queen Zixi is so so so so great!!! One of my BIG all-time favorites -- can't believe I lost my copy, I have to get myself another, hoping I can find the one that has the same art as I had!

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