When rearranging my book piles to create some space for new bookshelves, I thought it might be fun to do a bookshelf tour by picking the first 20 books I could find of any one colour and having a closer look a them.
I had thought that yellow would be one of the more difficult colours to find, but we had a surprisingly large number, particularly when I included yellow-ish cooks too!
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
Customer (holding up a book): What’s this? The Secret Garden? Well, it’s not so secret now, is it, since they bloody well wrote a book about it!
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops was a Sunday Times bestseller, and could be found displayed on bookshop counters up and down the country. The response to the book from booksellers all over the world has been one of heartfelt agreement: it would appear that customers are saying bizarre things all over the place – from asking for books with photographs of Jesus in them, to hunting for the best horse owner’s manual that has a detailed chapter on unicorns.
Customer: I had such a crush on Captain Hook when I was younger. Do you think this means I have unresolved issues?
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops has yet more tales from the antiquarian bookshop where Jen Campbell works, and includes a selection of ‘Weird Things…’ sent in from other booksellers across the world. The book is illustrated by the BAFTA winning Brothers McLeod.
If you enjoyed the first book in this series, or would just like a light-hearted giggle at the strangeness of folk, this would be a great read. Jen Campbell worked as a bookseller for years and has collated some of the strangest questions she has been asked. In this second volume she has also included submissions from other booksellers across the world, showing that each corner of every country is just as strange as any other…
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine
You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!
Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villians to justice…
Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Riddell and Enid Blyton.
I picked this up on the recommendation of Louise (@BookMurmuration) but am ashamed to admit that I am yet to read it! The synopsis does sound interesting and I have also picked up Murder Most Unladylike recently so I feel like I shoudl read them both soon!
Golden Myths and Legends of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean
These are the stories our ancestors told to explain how the world began, or they are legends of half-remembered heroes or people whose lives were changed by magic. Brilliantly retold in the sparkling, energetic prose of one of the great names in children’s books, Golden Myths and Legends and its companion volume Silver Myths and Legends make an outstanding collection of wonderful tales, many of them unavailable anywhere else.
I have dipped into this several times rather than reading it from cover to cover, but there is an absolute wealth of stories here – there are 50 different stories from around the world. This will stand up to repeated rereadings and will be an endless source of discussion and wonder.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi is nine years old. She lives alone in her own house with a horse and a monkey, and she does exactly as she pleases. Her friends Tommy and Annika are green with envy – but although they have to go to school and go to bed when they are told, they still have time to join Pippi on all her great adventures. Astrid Lindgren’s stories about Pippi Longstocking are probably her best-known and best-loved. She began her writing career in 1944 after she won a children’s book competition. She has published over forty novels for all ages and has won many awards, including the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and The International Book Award.
I remember reading and having read to me stories about Pippi Longstocking and, although I remember a general impression and some specific points, I there is a lot of the story which could do with a refresher. When I saw this in my local secondhand bookshop I picked it up and am planning a reread!
Have you enjoyed this bookshelf tour?
Have you read any of these books?
Are there any that you would like to read now?
Which colour would you like to see next?