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This is a compiled list of some of the requests I've had on the internet for out-of-print children's books. It gives you an idea of the service I provide and some of the books that I have available. Perhaps it will trigger some nostalgic veins of your own.

And if you don't remember the title? Check out Stump the Bookseller  for the mysteries still unsolved (which you can help solve!) and Solved Mysteries for those obscure memories that I have figured out.

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I don't have everything, but I'll always keep an eye out for you.

Do you have a copy of The House That Jack Built?

I don't have a book that is exclusively the Rhyme of The House that Jack Built (although I'm sure it exists), but here are three books which contain the poem:
Michael Forman's Mother Goose. Harcourt Brace Jovanich, 1991. G. $10 ppd
Marguerite de Angeli's Book of Nursery & Mother Goose Rhymes.Doubleday, 1954. VG <SOLD>
Gyo Fujikawa's Mother Goose. Grossett &Dunlap, 1968. VG. $12 ppd

Thank you for writing! I thought The House that Jack Built was a story book. I'd like to reserve Marguerite de Angeli's Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes-- and if it's not what my friend was looking for, I'll keep it anyway. I love older books, before the stories started being changed.
I went to your site and noticed a query from Anon for a book entitled House That Jack Built.  This is a 1959 Caldecott Honor book by Antonio Frasconi.  Hope this helps.
Actually, it's older than that.  It's a British folktale that many children's authors and illustrators have tackled, including Frasconi, Foreman, deAngeli, Fujikawa and Caldecott himself.

I'm looking for a children's book called A Patchwork Quilt of Fairytales. I had this book when I was a kid, and have been looking for it for a while. I don't have an author or a publishing date. I remember that it included "Chicken Little", "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Bears", among others. The illustrations where fairly realistic and detailed. Wish I could remember more, but if you can find it, I'll be thrilled.

Ask and ye shall receive! Here it is:
A Patch Work Quilt of Favorite Tales. Donohue, 1933, later printing. Tall 4to with pictorial boards, including many wonderful color illustrations, and stories like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Little Black Sambo, Little Red Hen, Three Little Pigs, Three Little Kittens and Chicken Little. Minor wear to edges, otherwise VG. <SOLD>

Thanks so much!! Can't believe you found it so quickly! 

This is a request for a children’s book for a friend.  It’s called Christopher for President.  She recalls reading it as a child in the early 70’s.

I've found your book!!
Addie. Christopher for President.  Illustrated by Mel Crawford. Golden Press, NY, 1973.  A Very Good hardcover (clean, tight, bright) with inscription inside front cover.  <SOLD>

I collect Tom Swift and The Motion Picture Boys in dust jacket. Do you have any?

I only have one right now:
Appleton II, Victor. Tom Swift in the Race to the Moon. Grosset & Dunlap, 1958. Blue cloth with dust jacket, chipped at top of spine. VG/VG- <SOLD>

I’m looking for books by Margot Austin--a series of 3, any or all of them:  Peter Churchmouse, Peter Churchmouse and Other Stories (includes Gabriel Churchcat), and Trumpet the Churchdog.

These are very hard to find in good shape, but here are two:
Austin, Margot.  Churchmouse Stories.  A Collection.  NY: EP Dutton, 1956, first edition thus.  Yellow cloth (dirty), corners worn, pencilled name on cover.  G.  <SOLD>
Austin, Margot.  Trumpet.  NY: EP Dutton, 1943, 3rd pr.  Blue cloth spine with red pictorial boards, very worn edges and cover scraped. Interior clean.  G-.  <SOLD>

Yes I am interested!! I will put check in the mail on Thursday, which is payday! Thanks.
It was interesting to see that someone else also wanted Margot Austin.  When I wanted to buy Peter Churchmouse for my nephew's children I was horrified to find that her books are out of print.  I believe it was through My simon that I found that Gabriel Churchkitten is to be reprinted, though I will believe that when I see it.
Barnes and Noble lists a number of the Churchkitten books, many more than Alibris does, and a number of other Austin books.  But, oh my, the prices. How would you like a paperback first edition for $105?  I was checking to see if they have a reprint listed yet.  They don't.

My grandfather's mother used to read Arthur Scott Bailey's Sleepy Time Tales to him when he was a child. This book was a set of three about a bear named Cuffy. Any information that you can send me on this book or on contacts to this book would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

and another request:
My Grandmother’s Grandmother used to either read/tell the Cuffy Bear stories to her when she was a little girl @ 1926 and my Grandmother would tell us the stories.  Several years ago my Aunt found a book through the library system, but it was not available for purchase.  Its basically adventures of Cuffy Bear (stories are similar to Peter the Rabbit).

Arthur Scott Bailey wrote several series of children's books: Cuffy Bear Books, Slumber-Town Tales, Sleepy-Time Tales, and Tuck-Me-In Tales. I have two Sleepy-Time Tales and one Cuffy Bear (as well as several in the other series):

Bailey, Arthur Scott. The Tale of Cuffy Bear's Holidays. Illustrated by Ernest Vetsch in red and black. Pictorial endpapers. Grosset & Dunlap, 1929. Cuffy Bear Books series. 6 x 7.5", 127pp. Green cloth with brown stamped cover. Cover is worn and soiled, interior is bright and clean. G. $18 ppd.
Bailey, Arthur Scott. The Tale of Billy Woodchuck. Illustrated by Lawrence Brehm in red and black. 3-color pictorial endpapers. Grosset & Dunlap, 1916. Sleepy-Time Tales series. 6 x 7.5", 112pp. Orange cloth with black stamped cover. Cover is worn, esp. corners and ends of spine, interior is bright and clean. G. $16 ppd.
Bailey, Arthur Scott. The Tale of Tommy Fox. Illustrated by Harry L. Smith in red and green. Grosset & Dunlap, 1915. Reprint. Sleepy-Time Tales series. 5 x 7", 112pp. Green cloth with red and blue stamped cover. Cover is crisp, interior is bright and clean. $15 ppd.

I still have a copy of  The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings.  It has, however, been “loved” to pieces.  I have kept it all these years because the pictures by Dorothy Grider are so fantastic.

Here’s a good copy of that old favorite:
Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin.  The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings. Illustrated by Dorothy Grider. NY: Platt and Munk, 1931, 1945.  Glossy folded pages with bright illustrations, red cloth.  Red cover soiled, otherwise a clean copy.  VG-.  $25 + 3 shipping.

I'm looking for a book called Bikey the Skycycle and other tales of Jimmieboy. It really does exist. My mother has a copy, but it is falling apart and she lives 1500 miles from me or I would give you more information. We have been looking for this book for some time. Thanks for any help.

Yes, it does exist. I have one in hand:
Banks, John Kendrick. Bikey the Skycycle and other Tales of Jimmieboy. Illustrated by Peter Newell. <SOLD>

I’m collecting the Brambly Hedge series by Jill Barklem.

here's one of your requests, and an imposter?
Barklem, Jill.  Spring Story.  Philomel, 1980.  A Brambly Hedge book. A small square book, as new in dust jacket.  $18 + 3 shipping.
Aris, Ernest, illustrator.  Henry Hedgehog's Hat.  Gallery books, 1989, 1990.  The Brambledown Tales.  square book, slightly larger than above. VG/VG  $12 + 3 shipping.

I collect Barbie books.  Have any?

I've found a nice Barbie book for you:
Bethel, Jean.  Barbie the Baby Sitter.  Illustrated by Claudine Nankivel.  NY: Wonder Books, 1964.  Glossy pictorial boards.  VG.  $18 + 3 shipping.  This is a Wonder Book (similar to a Little Golden Book), not the Whitman novel format of other Barbie titles.

Looking for most Oz books, especially Royal Book of Oz or ones illustrated by W.W. Denslow or just early books.  Could you help?

I have two early copies for you: one is a first missing one plate, the other is an early reprint, but with all its plates.  Tough call!
Baum, L. Frank.  The Royal Book of Oz.  Illustrated by John R. Neill. Chicago: Reilly & Lee Co., 1921.  First edition (typo on p. 255).  11 of  12 color plates, missing the frontis.  Endpapers have some crayon marks, corners bumped, some minor wear, but overall a good clean copy of the real thing!  Greyish cloth with pictorial paste-on.  VG-.  $200 + 5 shipping.
Baum, L. Frank.  The Royal Book of Oz.  Illustrated by John R. Neill. Chicago: Reilly & Lee Co., 1921.  First edition, second state (typo p. 255, but no pictorial endpapers).  12 color plates.  Greyish cloth with pictorial paste-on.  Minor edge wear, but clean and bright.  VG.  $185 + 5 shipping.

The Colt of Cripple Creek was my mother’s favorite childhood book.  She was born in 1944, but the book may be older than that.

How ‘bout 1953?
Bialk, Elisa. The Colt Of Cripple Creek. Illus by Eward Shenton. World Publishing, 1953. Good condition, no dust jacket.  <SOLD>

I'm looking for some books by Enid Blyton. What do you have?

Book of Fairies. Illus. Horace J. Knowles. London: George Newnes, n.d. 5.5 x 8.25", 152 pp. VG/G+ $26ppd.
Silver and Gold. Illus. Ethel Everett, 6 of 8 color plates, many full page b&w illus. NY: Thomas Nelson, 1928. 7.5 x 8.5", 128pp. Spine cloth loose, hinge cracked, rear endpaper loose. Beautiful color plates and deco cover. Poor condition. $24ppd.
Yellow Fairy Book. Color frontis, rest b&w illus. London: George Newnes, n.d. 7.5 x 10.75", 123pp. DJ chipped at rear, one tear at front. VG/G+ <SOLD>
Foxglove Story Book. Illus. Hilda Boswell, 2 full page color plates. London: John Gifford, n.d. 7.25 x 9.75", 128pp. Many two-tone illus. Corners bumped, otherwise VG-. $26ppd
The Third Holiday Book. Illus. Hilda Boswell, 8 full page color plates. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., n.d. 7.5 x 10", 192pp. Nice early copy, beautiful color plates plus many two tone illus. Bottom of DJ spine chipped 1", otherwise VG/G. $38ppd

Brother Ernest
I read a book called Peanut Tony’s Boy in the 5th grade and for the past 20 years or so hoped I could get a copy to share with my children.

I've found your book!
Brother Ernest, C.S.C. Peanut Tony's Boy. Catechetical Guild Educational Society, 1947.  Good+. Hardcover, picture cover (one of those great forties silhouettes), library binding but not ex-library, dust jacket has some chips but book is very good, illustrated by Bill Lackey.  <SOLD>

I'm looking for a Golden Book called The Friendly Book illustrated by Garth Williams.

Here it is:
Brown, Margaret Wise.  The Friendly Book.  Illus. by Garth Williams. Golden Press, 1954.  Little Golden Book #592  Very Good.  $15
No, I want the Giant Golden Book version.

I'm looking for books illustrated by Clara Burd.

Here's one:
Toon, Gladys E. Animal Story Book. Saalfield, 1928. 9.5"x12" pictorial boards, 8 lovely color plates. Minor shelf wear, dust jacket has three chips from bottom edge and one repaired tear at back. Even so, a beautiful book in nice shape. Fine/Very Good- <SOLD>

I am interested in Thornton W. Burgess books. What do you have available?

Burgess, Thornton. Bedtime Nature Library. (Titles: A Merry Coasting Party, A Robber Meets His Match, Paddy's Surprise Visitor, Reddy Fox's Sudden Engagement, Peter Rabbit Proves a Friend, The Three Little Bears, Bobby Coon's Mistake, Young Flash the Deer) Illus. by Harrison Cady. Platt & Munk, n.d. 7" x 8", 8 linenlike books, each 12pp stapled. In original printed box (slightly worn at edges). Books in very good condition, one with 1.5" of tape on spine. VG/VG- <SOLD>
Burgess, Thornton. Old Mother West Wind. Illus. by Harrison Cady. Little Brown, 1910, 1938, 1960. Golden Anniversary Edition (reprint). Green cloth, soiled, no dj. G+ <SOLD>
Burgess, Thornton. Happy Jack. Illus. by Harrison Cady. Grosset & Dunlap reprint (1918). 8vo, blue cloth, slightly acidic and foxed paper. DJ knicked at spine edges and chipped at bottom of front cover. G+/G+ <SOLD>
Burgess, Thornton. The Adventures of Ol' Mistah Buzzard. 6 black and white plates illustrated by Harrison Cady. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1919, 1919. The Bedtime Story Books, Burgess-Quaddies Trade Mark. 4.5" x 6.75", grey cloth with black and red illustrated stamping on cover. Worn at edges, top of spine frayed, otherwise G. $12 postpaid.
Burgess, Thornton. The Adventures of Johnny Chuck. 6 black and white plates illustrated by Harrison Cady. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1913, 1930. The Bedtime Story Books, Burgess-Quaddies Trade Mark. 4.5" x 6.75", grey cloth with black and red illustrated stamping on cover. Slightly worn, but overall quite clean. VG-. <SOLD>
Burgess, Thornton. Mother West Wind "Why" Stories.8 color plates by Harrison Cady. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1915, 1927. Burgess-Quaddies Trade Mark. 4.5" x 6.75", grey cloth with black, red and green illustrated stamping on cover. Slightly worn, but overall quite clean. VG-. $25 postpaid.
[ibid] ... another, late Grosset & Dunlap reprint, reinforced binding, $9 postpaid
Burgess, Thornton W. The Burgess Animal Book for Children. Illustrated by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Little Brown, 1920, 1922. Lots of black and white and color plates. Green cloth with gilt and color paste-on. Binding worn but intact, overall VG-. <SOLD>

I also have an early book by Burnett illustrated by Harrison Cady called Old Silver Bell, or something close to that. Would you be interested in that also?

I’m looking for old, original copy of A Little Princess.

I have two beautiful copies of A Little Princess that I hope might interest you:
Burnett, Frances Hodgson.  A Little Princess.  Illustrated by Harold Piffard.  London: Frederick Warne, no date [1905].  First edition.  5 pages of ads in rear.  Brown cloth with gilt and decorative stamping and small pictorial paste-on (scuffed).  Slightly cocked, but very clean and showing surprisingly little wear.  8 color plates.  VG.  $85 + 5 shipping.
Burnett, Frances Hodgson.  A Little Princess.  Illustrated by Tasha Tudor.  NY: JB Lippincott, 1963, first edition thus.  Blue-green cloth, pictorial dust jacket.  Crisp.  F/F.  $50 + 4 shipping.

Do you have Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car?

I do:
Burningham, John. Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car. Crowell, 1973, first US edition 1976. Ex-library copy in pictorial library boards, interior clean and bright. $10 postpaid.

I'm so sorry! We moved after I first contacted you and we were off-line for a period of time, and I completely forgot to get back to you about the book! I was looking for the book for a program I'm using for homeschool (Five in a Row...maybe you've heard of it)...but I was able to find a softbound copy at a local thrift store for an unbelievable price. I'm sorry to keep you waiting so long, but I don't think I'll be needing the book from you after all. I will take the time to tell others who are using Five in a Row about your service, however. Maybe I can make up for my terrible lapse of manners by sending even more business your way! Again, a thousand pardons! 

I am looking for the Mushroom planet books by Eleanor Cameron. The first two in the series, Wonderflul Flight to the Mushroom Planet and Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet are still in print and I have these. The remainder of the series is what I am looking for, especially Time and Mr Bass. I would like to get the others as well, Mr Bass's Planetoid and the other one whose name I cannot remember. If you can help with any of these, I would greatly appreciate it.

I found your book!
Cameron, Eleanor. Time and Mr. Bass. Atlantic Little Brown, 1967, 7th printing. Stain on dust jacket, otherwise a nice copy. VG/G. <SOLD>

Campfire Girls
I'm a collector of Camp Fire Girls books.  What do you have?

Here are some more Camp Fire Mysteries for you:
Stewart, Jane L.  A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire.  Akron: Saalfield, 1914.  Campfire Girls Series, vol. I.  Black and white frontis illustration.  Tan cloth, pages slightly yellowed, pictorial dust jacket.  Front hinge cracked, but intact.  Overall, G/VG.  $18 ppd.
Hart, Helen.  The Camp Fire Girls Success.  Illustrated by Alice Carsey.  no date, but from the 'teens.  Small format, 4.5" x 7".  Pages yellowed, black and white illustrations, pictorial boards.  <SOLD>

I'm looking for any out-of-print children's books by Eric Carle.

Here's an interesting older work by Carle:
Fisher, Aileen. Feathered Ones and Furry. Illustrated by Eric Carle. Thomas Crowell, 1971. First edition. Ex-library copy in library binding and pocket removed from rear endpaper. Pages are clean and bright though, and the dust jacket is great. G+/VG <SOLD>

Thanks you for remembering me with the Eric Carle book. I have been working for years on my collection. I have not been able to afford a lot of the books that have been found for me. I teach Kindergarten in Jefferson Parish which is right outside the city of New Orleans. I use all of Mr. Carle's books in my class. I also had the privilege of meeting him last year at a book conference in Mississippi. Thanks again.

I remember a great book called, I think, The Best Loved Doll.  Can you find it?

Yes, indeed.
Caudill, Rebecca. The Best-Loved Doll.  Illustrated by Elliott Gilbert.Scholastic, 1962.  Owner's name inscribed (in pencil) on inside front cover.  Pages are slightly faded, but this paperback is in very good shape.  VG.  $7

I'm looking for a book called Thirteen by Remy Charlip and Joerry Joyner.

Charlip, Remy & Jerry Joyner. Thirteen. Parents' Magazine Press, 1975. First edition. Slight stain on front of dust jacket and top edge of pages, not affecting text. This is a very cool book. VG/G+. $28 postpaid.

I’m looking for a copy of  Faraway Song.  I don’t recall the name of the author.  It is set in Idaho and is about a teenage girl who grows up on a ranch and finds her mother when she travels to NYC to sing on a radio broadcast.  The book was probably written in the 40s.

I think I've found your book:
Chenoweth, Maurene.  Faraway Song.   Penn Pub 1942. Back hinge repaired. 5x7' Tan Clothbnd 301pg.  G.  <SOLD>

Yes, that's it!  I recognize the author's name and the date is about right -- my mother had the book as a girl and she was born in 1931.  Please hold -- I'm mailing a check today.  Thanks!  I am thrilled that you found it and I know my mother will be too!

I am interested in any first edition books by Beverly Cleary in the Henry Huggins series or in the Ramona series.

I have two Cleary books which might interest you:
Cleary, Beverly. Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen. William Morrow, 1981, first edition. A crisp copy. F/F. <SOLD>
Cleary, Beverly. Ramona the Brave. Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen. William Morrow, 1975, 7th printing. Signed by Cleary. F/F. <SOLD>

Harriett---They are MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Searching for a childhood memory called Treasure at First Base…

Here it is:
Clymer, Eleanor.  Treasure at First Base.  Illustrated by Jean Mcdonald Porter.  Dodd Mead, 1950. Combines mystery and baseball. Some wear on cover spine and edges.  Good.  <SOLD>

yes...I'd like to buy the book!  I appreciate your help! I bet it's been 40 years since I've read Treasure at First Base, and for some reason, it has stuck in my mind.  Now I've got an 8 year old boy that I know would enjoy it. Thanks again!

I'm looknig for Eleanor Clymer's Trolley Car Family.  One of the fairly recent paperbacks would be fine.  Don't want to spend too much.
Clymer, Eleanor. The Trolley Car Family.  Scholastic Inc., 1947, 1988. Apple Paperback.  Cover price is marked out.  Bookstore stamp on first page.  Clean copy showing minor signs of age on exterior (spotting on
back cover, yellowing of spine) and interior (very minor yellowing to edges of pages).  VG.  <SOLD>

Shadow Castle was a Scholastic Book Club item that I remember buying many copies of… and of course, I saved none of them.  I remember it as paperback only.  Thanks for your help!

Cockrell, Marian. Shadow Castle. Scholastic, 1963, paperback, first printing thus. Prev. owner name, a little browning, clean and tight.  <SOLD>

I had a book called The Little Fish That Got Away in the early 70’s.  No clue on author or publishing date.  It was my favorite book as a child, and I want to share it with my 4 yr old son.  Any condition is acceptable as long as it’s readable.

I'm a big Crockett Johnson fan myself.  Do you know about Harold and the Purple Crayon?
Cook, Bernadine. The Little Fish That Got Away. Scholastic 7th printing,  1966. Good. Paperback, illustrated by Crockett Johnson. Backstrip has one-inch area worn off. Bottom corner of front cover and some pages creased. Back cover has upper corner clipped a little. Pages are all clean and intact.  <SOLD>

I’m looking for the Betty Crocker Cookbook, 1971.  It has a red hard cover, with standard binding, approx. 450 pages.  The cover is red, the words “Betty Crocker” are white in a scripted font, the word “Cookbook” is yellow in a block font.  The cover also has a circle with 6 pie pieces.  Each piece has a different photo of a food dish (clockwise from 12 o’clock, chocolate cake, snack tray w/ olives, pork roast w/trimmings, soup, veggie dish, fondue pot).  The book itself is mostly text, but there are color photos throughout to show what it’s supposed to look like or how it’s done, etc.  Actual dimensions are 10.75”H x 8”W x 1.5”D.  As you can tell, I actually have a copy, but it is so worn out, that it has become, for the most part, unusable.  We don’t want this book for a collector’s item or for a future investment, we just like the recipes, many of which were bumped in the later versions in favor of newer recipes.  I’ve been all up and down the “information super highway” to no avail.  It’s either in mint condition ($$$$) or it’s “sorry, I just got rid of it.”

and another request:
My son is about to move to his own place, and wants THE cookbook, Betty Crocker's Cookbook (you know, the torn binding and splotches of batter on the muffin page!). My daughter will be moving out someday, too, so 2 copies of this book would be great! The printing I have is the 17th, 1972, but I suspect any from that copyright date will be the same.

and another:
i was amazed to discover even a mention of Betty Crocker's Cookbook (1969) on your page. I am 20 years old, a college student at Fredonia, NY. I am searching for this very cookbook that my mother and grandmother have always used. Do you have another copy of this book? Can you point me in the right direction?

Hello, I've been looking for a copy of the D'Aulaire's Norse Gods and Giants forever...

Forever is a long time to look.  I have one right here:
D'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin. Norse Gods and Giants.  Doubleday & Company, 1967.  First edition.  Ex-library copy with usual marks.  Cover has wear on edges, table of contents pages are taped, and endpapers have tape or tape removal marks.  Dustjacket has small tears and library sticker removal mark on spine.  Despite the above, this is a solid reading copy with wonderful illustrations.  G/G. <SOLD>

I would love to find a copy of Marguerite DeAngeli's Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes. It is, alas, out-of-print. Can you get it?

I have it in stock:
DeAngeli, Marguerite. Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes. Doubleday, 1954. Early edition, with some wear to edges and cover. Interior clean and bright. Overall, VG-. <SOLD>

When I took my copy of Marguerite DeAngeli's book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes to Maureen, owner of Turn of the Page Bookstore [an local independent new bookstore], she contacted Doubleday to see if they would reprint the book, knowing she would have no trouble selling the book as a perfect Christmas gift from Grandma. She felt the pictures were beautiful, friendly and sweet (no blood dripping from the foxes' mouths). Not surprising, Doubleday was not interested. Thank goodness you have a copy which will go to my nephew's daughter, who is the apple of my eye. I am anxious to see your other treasures.
P.S. Maureen said if you ever get another copy of Marguerites's book, she'd like it.

de Saint-Exupery
I’m looking for a first edition of The Little Prince.

Alas, I do not have a first edition of The Little Prince, and as I'm sure you know, they command a pretty penny these days.  But just in case I can tempt you with the next best thing, please consider this early edition in excellent condition and at a reasonable price.
de Saint-Exupery, Antoine.  The Little Prince.  Translated by Katherine Woods.  NY: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1943.  No other date or numbering sequence on copyright page.  Light beige cloth, pictorial dust jacket with very minor darkening to spine, all very clean.  Fine in Fine dj. <SOLD>

hello harriett!! thanks for your email.  my compliments to your organization for keeping my request on file.  i would like to buy this book. i have returned from new zealand.  i am now in tennessee but am actually planning to be in cleveland towards the end of next week so i could come and pay you cash for the book.  would you be able to hold it that long?? thanks for your help!!

Do you have a copy of Gentleman Bear by William Pene DuBois?

DuBois, William Pene. Gentleman Bear. Farrar, Straus, Grioux, 1985. First edition thus. Paperbound. VG. <SOLD>

Yes, I do want the book. I will put a check in the mail first thing tomorrow morning. Thanks for your help!

I'm seeking a book called Paulus and the Acornmen, translated from the Dutch.

Hello, I have your book!
Dulieu, Jean. Paulus and the Acornmen. Translated and adapted from the Dutch by Jean Dulieu. Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1966. 237 pages, small quarto, yellow cloth. Cover is slightly stained, dj torn at edges. Overall, VG/G. <SOLD>

That's nice news to find waiting early in the morning. Yes, I'll take it. In my experience grading by professionals is reliable so I am certain I will not need to make use of the return privilege. Yes, I'll definitely visit Loganberry again as this was kind of experimenting on my part to see whether this actually works. It does! 

There’s a Little Golden Book called What Happened to George about a pig who eats too many donuts one day and floats away into the sky.

Actually, it’s not a Little Golden Book, but it’s about the same size:
Engebretson, Betty.  What Happened to George.  NY & San Francisco: Rand McNally & Co. 1947 12mo., cloth, pictorial endpapers. George, the practically perfect pig, has only one fault. What happens to him when he eats a whole platter of doughnuts? very good in very good dust jacket. <SOLD>

Thank you so much! It was my husband's favorite as a child.

Hi, I am trying to find a copy of a story  about a pig named George who ate too much,  way way too much.  This would have been out approximatly 30 - 35 years ago.  He ate so many donuts one day that according to his grandfather, he beleives George just  plain burst.  Thank You 

I'm looking for books by Walter Farley.

Here are some Walter Farley books for you:
Farley, Walter. The Horse-Tamer. Illus. James Schucker. Random House, 1958, first printing. F/F. $28 postpaid.
Farley, Walter. Son of the Black Stallion. Illus. Milton Menasco. Random House, 1947, thirteenth printing. VG+/VG+. $22 postpaid

I'm looking for some Elsie Dinsmore books by Martha Finley. Do you have any?

Please do look for Elsie Dinsmore. The set that I have is missing several but I would like to get my hands on the first book of the series. The copyright in my set says 1898, but I think the 1910 description you gave would blend with my set. I would also like to know if there is anything unique to this collection. We found a trunk of books in my grandfather's car when we brought it back from Arkansas and this collection was in there. I borrowed a paperback of the first book to read and was greatly influenced by the story as a pre-teen. I would like my daughter to learn from it also. Thank you.

Yes, four: Elsie at Ion, Elsie at Nantucket, Elsie at Viamede and Elsie's New Relations. All are written by Martha Finley, published by AL Burt (20's reprints) in dark red cloth, lacking dust jackets. <SOLD>

I'm looking for The Great Brain.  This is the first book in a series of books about a young Mormon boy who is just too clever and her "swindles" kids and adults alike, and always gets into funny situations and sometimes dangerous ones.  I'm actually looking for the whole series, but will take what I can find.  I want to share these fun stories with my kids.

Why, yes, I happen to have the complete set in a box!
Fitzgerald, John.DThe Great Brain, More Adventures of the Great Brain, The Great Brain is Back, The Great Brain Robbery,  The Great Brain Does It Again, The Great Brain at the Academy,   The Great Brain Reforms.  7 paperback books in a box.  <SOLD>

Fuzzy Wuzzy
I believe this is a Golden Book.  The book begis “Fuzzy Wuzzy wuz a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, Fuzzy Wuzzy did not care that Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.”

Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?
Fuzzy Wuzzy Book. Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear.. Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Co. (1947) Paperbound, large square format, 12 pp including covers. Cover shows wear, light soil and worn spots front and back, 1" chip on top back page near spine. Inside clean, all fuzzys in very good fuzzy wuzzy condition.  <SOLD>

Hi. I am looking for a book that I got from the Weekly Reader Book Club in 57 or 58. The title is Follow My Leader. It is about a boy who is blinded by a firecracker. He deals with braille, a guide dog, and the boy who lit the firecracker. My mother "stole" it from me and read it to her 4th grade classes for years. The book is out of print, so I need an old, used copy. Can you help me?

Wow, I remember reading that book as a kid! It was a great book, and I'd forgotten the title myself. I do not have a copy, alas, but now that I know the title, I will keep an eye out. If you ever discover the author's name, pass that info along too, it will speed up the search process.
Guess what? I found a copy.
Garfield, James B. Follow My Leader. VG. Paperback, illustrated by Don Sibley, copyright 1957, 1960s Scholastic paperback edition.G. <SOLD>

Do you have any Uncle Wiggily books?

Yes, I do. Here is a short list of some of my Uncle Wiggily books currently in stock. All are written by Howard Garis and I'd be happy to send more complete information about their condition if you're interested.

Garis, Howard.  Uncle Wiggily and Old Mother Hubbard. Illustrated by Ed Bloomfield and Lang Campbell. A.L. Burt, 1922. Pictorial paste-on cover. <SOLD>
...Uncle Wiggily in the Country. Illustrated by Elmer Rache. Platt & Munk, 1940. $22
...Uncle Wiggily on the Farm. Illustrated by Elmer Rache. Platt & Munk, 1939. <SOLD>
...Uncle Wiggily's Automobile. Illustrated by Elmer Rache. Platt & Munk, 1939. <SOLD>
...Uncle Wiggily and Mother Goose. Illustrated by Ed Bloomfield. MA Donohue, 1922. Large decorative black cloth octavo. <SOLD>
...Uncle Wiggily's Arabian Nights. Illustrated by Ed Bloomfield. MA Donohue, 1917. Large decorative black cloth octavo, top of spine damaged. <SOLD>
...Uncle Wiggily's Picture Book. Illustrated by Lang Campbell. Platt & Munk, 1940. Large octavo, plain cloth. <SOLD>

I am looking for a children's picture book which was lost about 10 years ago. The title is Hamilton Duck's Springtime Story. It was written by Arthur Getz and published by Golden Press, New York. I think that it was probably published in the early 1970's. Can you help me?

Well, I've found the winter version of the book you requested:
Getz, Arthur. Hamilton Duck. Golden Press, 1972. Corners bumped, slight wear to top and bottom of spine, otherwise a very good copy. VG. <SOLD>

Yes, I will take the winter version of the Hamilton Duck book. PLEASE keep looking for the springtime story. Thank you.

Hey, I found the real thing for you!
Getz, Arthur. Hamilton Duck's Springtime Story. Golden Press, 1974. VG. <SOLD>

Thanks for the great news about Hamilton Duck! I'll send a check sometime this week.

I'm looking for children's books written by Rumer Godden, especially Miss Happiness and Miss Flower.

I remember this book too, I loved it when I was a kid!
Godden, Rumer. Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. Illustrated by Jean Primrose. Viking, 1961, first edition. Slight chips on dust jacket, otherwise a beautiful and clean copy. F/VG. <SOLD> 

I’m seeking Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon, a wonderful book with beautiful pictures of little children dressed up like flowers.

A classic.  Here it is:
Gordon, Elizabeth.  Flower Children.  Illustrated by M.T. Ross. Volland, 1910.  A rather beat-up copy of this loved book, missing the paper from the spine, corners bumped, and minor wear throughout, but the original publisher with good color reproduction on heavy glossy paper. $35 plus 3 shipping. 

I'm looking for books illustrated by Edward Gorey, the guy who does the animated credits for PBS' Mystery.

Edward Gorey has been a book collector's favorite for years, and perhaps his television fans have launched the current Gorey craze. He has illustrated many books, and wrote several children's books in the seventies that were perhaps ahead of their time, or perhaps just too eerie or bizarre for children. But they're great reads, the art is super, and the humor is outrageous. My favorites are the Treehorn series written by Heide. Here is a list of the better books that I have.  **List updated 12/6/00**

Gorey, Edward.  Fletcher and Zenobia Save the Circus.  Illustrated by Victoria Chess.  Dodd, Mead & Company, 1971.  Dustjacket flaps are clipped and there's some wear to the head and foot of spine and to the edges of the book.  Fading to dustjacket spine and slight fading to dustjacket.  VG+/VG.  $35
Lamport, Felicia.  Scrap Iron.  Houghton Mifflin & Company, 1961.  First printing.  Ex-library copy with usual markings.  Very slight fading to dustjacket and to pages.  VG/VG.  $18
Lear, Edward.  The Dong with a Luminous Nose.  Young Scott Books, 1969.  Small tears and creases and minor fading to dustjacket.  Slight fading of pages. VG/VG+.  $65
Lear, Edward.  The Jumblies. 1968, early ed. Ex-library (pocket removed from rear ep, label removed from
spine of dj, stamp on ffep and tp, library stamps marked out in black and previous owner's inscription on front pasted endpaper; o/w quite clean). VG $6
Nelsen, Donald.  Sam and Emma.  Parents' Magazine Press, 1971.  Small red spot on front loose endpaper.  VG+.  $15
Neumeyer, Peter F.  Why We Have Day and Night.  Young Scott Books, 1970.  Very slight fading to cover and very slight wear to head and foot of spine.  VG+. $42
Rees, Ennis.  Brer Rabbit and His Tricks.  Young Scott Books, 1967.  Front dustjacket flap clipped.  Some minor fading to dustjacket and pages.  Back of dustjacket protector has three long slits which have creased the cover beneath but have not cut it.  Small crayon mark on back of dustjacket.  VG+/VG.  $35
Rees, Ennis.  Lions and Lobsters and Foxes and Frogs: Fables From Aesop. 1971. Slight warpage to front boards, small stain on cover, no dj. Previous owner's inscription on back of front loose endpaper.  G+ $35
Rees, Ennis.  More of Brer Rabbit's Tricks. Young Scott Books, 1968.  Slight fading to pages and some fading to dustjacket.  Minor tear to top of dustjacket and pencil mark on front dustjacket flap.  VG/VG.  $45
Townsend, J. David.  Miss Clafooty and the Demon. 1971, early ed. DJ has a crease on cover, o/w VG+/VG+ $42
New titles in stock:
Gorey, Edward.  The Haunted Tea-Cosy.  Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1997.  $15
Gorey, Edward.  The Headless Bust.  Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1999.  First edition.  $15

Hello, I’m looking for a copy of The Little Mermaid with a wonderful 3D cover and terrific photo illustrations.  Others in the series include Thumbelina, Red Riding Hood, The Snow Queen & The Little Mermaid.  I have Thumbelina, but would love to find the others as well.  Thanks so much for your help.

I think this must be in the same series:
[Grimm.]  Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  NY and Tokyo: Playmore Publishers, no date [circa 1970].  Picture book sized board book with a 3D cover showing the three bears (stuffed animals) in a realistic (though staged) natural environment.  Pictures inside feature the same style: dolls, model sets, bright perspective scenery.  VG.  $10 + 3 shipping. 

What kind of Raggedy Ann books do you have?  Do you have the set that was put out in the 60's with stories like Raggedy Ann in the Magic Book, and Raggedy Ann in Cookie Land?

Hare are some later (and cheap) Raggedy Ann books.  I also have some earlier copies, considerable more money of course, but this sounded more like what you wanted.  Hope I'm right...
Please add $3 postage for the first book, $1 for each additional book.
List updated *12/13/00*
Gruelle, Johnny.  Raggedy Ann in Cookie Land.  Bobbs-Merrill, 1931, 1960 reprint.  First two pages have some cuts to them, quite edgeworn, spine ripped at top.  Interior pages are clean.  G-.  <SOLD>
... Raggedy Ann and the Golden Butterfly.  Bobbs-Merrill, 1940, 1961 reprint.  Ex-Library with library binding, but pages are glossy but waterdamaged.  Terrible condition, but a hard title to find.  Poor.  <SOLD>
*... Raggedy Ann and the Wonderful Witch.  Bobbs-Merrill, 1961.  Edgeworn and spineworn, but clean!  G+.  <SOLD>
*... Raggedy Ann and the Wonderful Witch.  Bobbs-Merrill, 1961.  Ex-library copy in library binding  G+.  $10
*... Raggedy Ann Stories.  Johnny Gruelle Company, 1918, 1947 reprint.  G+.  <SOLD>
... Raggedy Andy Stories.  Johnny Gruelle Company, 1920, 1948 reprint. Nice glossy pages and pictorial endpapers, one page taped.  Cover is very edgeworn, and spine paper is missing at top and bottom.  G.  <SOLD>
... Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Fat Policeman.  Bobbs-Merrill, 1942, 1960 reprint.  Front endpaper is cut, some edgewear, otherwise clean and bright.  VG-.  <SOLD>
... Raggedy Ann in the Magic Book.  Bobbs-Merrill, 1939, 1961 reprint. Ex-School-Libaray, reinforced binding, very edgeworn, spine cloth missing entirely (not affecting tightness of binding, just its shelf appearance), tears to cloth on back cover.  Poor.  <SOLD>

Harlin Quist
I have a friend looking for a child's book titled The geranium died on the windowsill and the teacher went on. Do you have that one available or know where she can purchase it? Thank you.

Yes, I do know that book. It's published by Harlin Quist, a rather existential/post-modern publisher of the seventies that did some very interesting books with fantastic graphics and color artwork, and which were questionably for children. I think I have the book too, but give me a little while to dig it up, I've been saving Harlin Quist titles for a catalog. Thanks.

At last! Here it is:
Cullum, Albert. The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died But Teacher You Went Right On. Harlin Quist, 1971. Oblong, illustrated on every page by a different illustrator. Pictorial boards with black cloth spine. Fine. $28ppd.

I have some of the books written by Carolyn Haywood, but a friend of mine and I are still looking for more.

Haywood, Carolyn. B is for Betsy. NY: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1939. tall 8vo, 159 pp. Red cloth, worn at spine ends, otherwise clean and tight. VG- $16 ppd
Haywood, Carolyn. Betsy and Billy. NY: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1941. tall 8vo, 155 pp. Green cloth, worn at extremities, but clean. G $16 ppd
Haywood, Carolyn. The Mixed-up Twins. NY: William Morrow & Co., 1952. 7th printing. tall 8vo, 125 pp. Reddish cloth, ex-library and worn, esp. at extremities. G- $9 ppd
Haywood, Carolyn. C is for Cupcake. NY: William Morrow & Co., 1974. 1st edition. tall 8vo, 192 pp. Yellow cloth, ex-library and slightly worn, but in a nice dust jacket. G/VG <SOLD>
Haywood, Carolyn. Robert Rows the River. NY: William Morrow & Co., 1965. 3rd printing. tall 8vo, 191 pp. White cloth, ex-library and worn, with worn dust jacket. G/G $11 ppd
Haywood, Carolyn. Penny and Peter. NY: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1946. tall 8vo, 160 pp. Green cloth, ex-library and very worn, and fraying at bottom edge, binding cracked and endpapers dirty. G-/G $8 ppd
Haywood, Carolyn. Annie Pat and Eddie. NY: William Morrow & Co., 1960. 4th printing. tall 8vo, 185 pp. Reddish cloth, ex-library and worn, in torn dust jacket. G/G $8 ppd

You are a real sweetheart to tell me about these books -- Would you believe I have all of those titles except for C is for Cupcake? I'd about given up on finding it in decent condition. I have four children (triplet boys age 4 and a daughter age 2-1/2), whom I plan to homeschool, so I've kind of gotten started early collecting a library for them. The public libraries around here discard a lot of out of print books and I want to be sure that at least my childhood favorites are around for my kids to read.
I received C is for Cupcake today, and I am very pleased with my purchase -- absolutely thrilled, actually!

I remember a book from my childhood about a horse named Robert who was allergic to roses. Can you find it?

Heilbroner, Joan. Robert the Rose Horse. Illustrated by P.D. Eastman. Random House Beginner Book, 1962. Book Club edition, with previous owner's name on title page, otherwise VG. <SOLD>

Hello! You found my book!!! I am delighted, and will mail the check right away. What a happy Christmas surprise. Thank you again! I called my mom and dad (I'm 35 years old) and they shared my happiness in having located Robert the Rose Horse. I feel like I'm traveling back through time using a door that you've opened!

I remember a book called Geraldine Belinda. Can you find it?

Good news, here it is:
Henry, Marguerite. Geraldine Belinda. Illus. Gladys Rourke Blackwood. Platt and Munk, 1942. Glossy pages, color illustrations. Tape on frontis, otherwise VG. <SOLD>

Wow.. Thanks Harriett. My mother will be blown away.

I had this book when I was very young so I am guessing as to the date but I am almost positive it was 1942.
Geraldine Belinda is a book that was read to me in the 1960's and I think it was old then.  The pages were all folded in half back on themselves and were kind of waxy and shiny.  The story was about a little girl named Geraldine Belinda who is not very friendly.  She goes to a shop to guy things by herself like a teeny dolly, some candy, maybe some ribbons.  The store clerk wraps them all up in a paper cone for her to carry home.  Sadly everything drops out on the way home.  I think all
the neighborhood kids find the items and bring them to her.  Then she is thankful and nicer to the kids.  I believe the cover was dark red with black letters.
I saw on your homepage that you found this book for someone.  My mom has been searching for it for EVER, and would be just thrilled to get it!  It was her faorite childhood book. Thanks!

I have been searching for a paperback book called Cinnabar the one o'clock Fox by Marguerite Henry since I was ten years old. I was wondering if you could e-mail me any information on that book ASAP. Thank You.

I know that I recently sold a copy of Cinnabar, and I don't think I have another one in stock right now. I'll double-check, though, and get back to you. If I don't have it, I'll start looking! Thanks.
[later message] I've found a copy!
Henry, Marguerite. Cinnebar, the One O'Clock Fox. Illus. Wesley Dennis. Rand McNally, 1972, 5th printing. A clean and crisp copy, lacking dj. VG <SOLD>

My book arrived today! Thank you so much. I've already read it and enjoyed it as much as I did when I was little. Thanks again

Harriett, I'm looking for A Child's Geography of the World by V.M. Hillyer. I have the 1935 Appleton-Century edition green HB w/ gilt lettering of A Child's History... and would like to find the companion book. Please let me know what you find. Thank you.

I have a copy of Hillyer's A Child's Geography of the World published by Appleton-Century in 1951, but it's a later edition in beige cloth and pictorial dust jacket. (Both book and dj in very good condition, $25). I also have A Child's History of the World published by Century in 1924 in blue cloth (very good condition, <SOLD>). I don't seem to have your green edition, but I'll keep looking.

I'm looking for a book called Strewelpeter. This book was purchased when my parents were stationed in Germany. It was printed in English. It was a collection of children's fables. The title of the book comes from one of the short stories about a boy who would not cut his hair or nails, and he got the name "shock-headed Peter." Another short story was about a little girl who played with matches.

Here it is:
Hoffman, Heinrich. Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures. Frederick Warne, 1970's reprint. This was indeed originally a German book (c. 1844), but has been translated into many languages. Hoffman wrote it because he couldn't find any children's books that met his expectations, and it has been a bit of a cult favorite and teacher's nightmare ever since (although tastes have certainly changed since 1844, and it no longer seems so very controversial). In early editions, it is very collectable, but this is a modern reprint, in English, discreetly ex-library, and in excellent condition with dust jacket. VG/VG <SOLD>

I was just scrolling through the Childrens book section of wanted books and happened to see you had found the book by the author Heinrich Hoffman I would be so excited to purchase this book as I have been searching for it for about thirty years. I originate from England and thats where I read it as a small child. Please let me know if this is possible. Thank You!

I’m looking for an illustrated diary by Edith Holden.

I have two Holden books for you:
Holden, Edith.  The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. 1977.  F/F $20 + 3 shipping.
Taylor, Ina, ed.  The Edwardian Lady: The Story of Edith Holden. 1980, 1st ed.  F/F  $32 + 3 shipping.

I’m looking for George the Gentle Giant.  Sorry I can’t remember any more info about author, etc.  This was probably an inexpensive publication produced for department stores such as K-Mart.  The giant loved “cookies as big as wagon wheels, and ice cream cones as tall as haystacks” or something along those lines.  I remember this book fondly from my childhood.

Good news!  Here it is:
Holl, Adelaide. George The Gentle Giant. 1962 Golden Press.  A Read it yourself - A golden Reader book. #12 of 16 listed on the back cover. This book is hard to find! Owners name is written on inside front cover. Very Good.  <SOLD>

You are so wonderful to have found that book!!!  Yes, I do want it. I'll be sending out a check ASAP.

I collect the Bunny Brown series by Laura Lee Hope, famous for her later series, The Bobbsey Twins.

Here is a list of Bunny Brown books I have in dust jacket:
Hope, Laura Lee.  Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue in the Sunny South. Illustrated by Walter S. Rodgers.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1921.  Green cloth with pictorial paste-on.  Dust jacket chipped at extremities, esp. lower spine.  VG/VG- <SOLD>
Hope, Laura Lee.  Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue at the Christmas Tree Cove. Illustrated by Walter S. Rodgers. Grosset & Dunlap, 1920.  Green cloth with pictorial paste-on.  Dust jacket chipped at extremities.  VG/VG  <SOLD>
Hope, Laura LeeBunny Brown and his Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home. Illustrated by Florence England Nosworthy. Grosset & Dunlap, 1916.  Green cloth with pictorial paste-on.  Dust jacket chipped at extremities, esp. lower spine.  VG/VG-  <SOLD>

I am interested in obtaining all of these titles from you.  Would it be possible to hold these until near the end of the month when I get paid?

I collect children's books written in i/t/a, the Initial Teaching Alphabet which was devised by Sir James Pitman with 44 symbols, each representing one sound. It was used as a transitional reading tool in the sixties until it was finally discarded as more confusing than edifying. Do you have any?

I do:
Barr, Catherine. Mister Black's Secret. NY: Henry Z. Walck, 1965. Handwritten in i/t/a, which my computer cannot reproduce. Greenish cloth, no dj. VG. $18 postpaid.
Milne, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh. Illustrated by E.H. Shepard. Typewritten in i/t/a and with a foreward by Sir James Pitman. E.P. Dutton, 1966. First edition thus. VG/VG. <SOLD>

Hello!  I am researching the Pittman Initial Teaching Alphabet for the purpose of writing an article for my wife's magazine BOOKHAPPY. (http://www.teleport.com/~dkossy)  I saw you had contact with a person who collects ITA books. I'm trying to get some idea of just how many and what sort of books were printed in ITA and would be grateful for any assistance you could render in contacting that collector. If you could send them my email address that would be great!

I'm trying to complete my mother's collection of the Little Maida books, and would love to have at least one to give her this holiday season! Thanks!

Here's one:
Irwin, Inez Haynes. Maida's Little Camp. Grosset & Dunlap, 1940. 1950's edition with pictorial dust jacket. Pages are somewhat brittle, otherwise VG/VG. $18 postpaid.

I'm looking for Kathryn Jackson's The Santa Claus Book.

Ok, here is the book you requested!
Jackson, Kathryn. The Santa Claus Book. Illustrated by Retta Worcester. Simon & Schuster, 1952. A Big Golden Book. The spine backing is cracked at the gutters and the head is torn, but otherwise the book is in good shape. G++. <SOLD>

Yes! I want The Santa Claus Book by Kathryn Jackson! Please put a hold on it - let me know that you have it and I'll put a check in the mail immediately. Thanks so much.

I've had many requests for Virginia Kahl's The Duchess Bakes a Cake.  I finally figured out that it is part of the Homeschoolers curriculum, and is out of print, which accounts for the flood.  But a couple customers just remember the book from their own childhoods and want to revisit it with their children...

Homeschoolers Alert! I have two copies of a treasured out-of-print book for you.  First come, first served, and good luck to all of you!
Kahl, Virginia.  The Duchess Bakes a Cake.  Scribner's, 1955.  Red and green illustrations.  1959 inscription on endpaper.  Nice copy, great shape with good dust jacket torn at flap ends.  VG/G+.  <SOLD>
...another copy.  Ex-library edition, no dust jacket.  Usual library markings, glue residue on endpapers.  G.  <SOLD>

I'd love this copy of Duchess Bakes a Cake.  Let me know if I'm the lucky "winner"!
Thanks so much!  This is exciting!

i would like a list of kings books in order of reading..thank you

I'm happy to offer the following books by or about Stephen King (in alphabetical order; check copyright dates for publishing chronology):
Beahm, George (ed.). The Stephen King Companion.  Andrews and McMeel, 1989.  Paperback.  Spine is worn and book shows minor signs of age, but is a good, clean copy.  G+.  $8
King, Stephen. Cycle of the Werewolf.  Signet, 1983.  Paperback.  First Signet printing.  As new.  $15
King, Stephen. Insomnia.  Viking, 1994.  Pasted endpapers show sticker removal marks; otherwise, as new.  VG+/VG+.  $12
King, Stephen.  The Tommyknockers.  Putnam, 1987.  First edition.  Front cover shows minor sticker marks; otherwise, as new.  VG+/VG+.  $20

I chose this more personal communication to tell you that your web site is lovely... Seeing your shop and the newspaper article lends a warm measure of familiarity. Thank you. I am looking for a book and contacted Maggie Page. She didn't have it but told me that she had seen it at your booth at the Michigan Book Show last Sunday. The title Junket is Nice, by Dorothy Kunhardt, and I haven't found it anywhere else. If you have it, please hold the book and e-mail me with price and payment/shipping directions. I am actually looking for two copies... so anxiously await your response.

Indeed I do have it, but only one, which I was excited enough about!
Kunhardt, Dorothy. Junket is Nice. Harcourt Brace, 1933, second printing. Oblong red boards with black spine, stain to lower right hand cover and some edgewear. Interior clean with red borders and handwritten text. A hard to find classic, one of Barbara Bader's favorites, by the author who later wrote Pat the Bunny. Also a great read with small children! G+. <SOLD>

I am looking for any first edition Fairy Books by Andrew Lang.

I don't have any first editions right now, but here's what I do have:
Lang, Andrew. The Red Fairy Book. Illustrated by Gustav Tenggren. David McKay, 1924, Newberry Classic edition. Red cloth with pictorial paper paste-on. 8vo. VG. $15 ppd.
Lang, Andrew. The Yellow Fairy Book. Illustrated in two-color by Janice Holland. Longmans, Green, 1950. Yellow cloth. Edges bumped, slightly soiled, but overall a decent copy. G. $28 ppd.
Lang, Andrew. The Orange Fairy Book. Illustrated in two-color by Christine Price. Longmans, Green, 1950. Orange cloth. Edges bumped, but otherwise a clean copy. VG+ $32 ppd.
Green, Roger Lancelyn. Andrew Lang, a Critical Biography.Leicester: Edmund Ward, 1946, first edition. VG+/VG+ $20 ppd.

I would like to know if you could locate a copy of The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle in hardback (really do not know anything about this copy as mine was and is a paperback... but again, a favorite that I would love to own in a nicer edition). Thank you again.

and another request:
I'm looking for some Dr. Doolittle books. I don't necessarily need first editions, but maybe, depending on the cost. I would like hardbacks though because I want them to be around for my children to read year after year.

Some nice Dr. Dolittle books for you:
Lofting, Hugh. The Story of Doctor Dolittle. Stokes, 1920, 14th printing 1923. Orange cloth with pictorial paste-on, cover soiled and rubbed, title page very slightly foxed, otherwise a nice clean copy in the older format of the book. <SOLD>
Lofting, Hugh. Dr. Dolittle and the Secret Lake. Lippincott, 1923, 1948. Orange cloth, missing most of the pictorial paste-on from the front cover. G+ <SOLD>
Lofting, Hugh. Dr. Dolittle's Circus. Stokes, 1924, 1st edition. Yellow cloth, pictorial paste-on on front cover. Shelfworn, corners bumped. G+ <SOLD>

I would like to know if you remember (or have) a book called Millicent the Monster by Mary Lysted. It was a Harlin Quist book, from around 1968...and the illustrations were very Gorey-esque, or perhaps were done by Gorey himself. It would be great to have a copy of this book. Thanks for your help!

Here's a reprint of it:
Lystad, Mary. Millicent the Monster. Illustrated by Victoria Chess. Scholastic Book Services, first printing thus, 1975. About a little girl named Millicent who gets tired of being good and decides to become a monster. G. <SOLD>

I'm looking for a nice copy of Everyone Knows what a Dragon Looks Like, in dust jacket. I believe the illustrations are by Mercer Mayer.

I don't have one in dust jacket right now, but I do have a nice clean copy:
Williams, Jay. Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like. Illustrated by Mercer Mayer. <SOLD>

Wonderful. I am sending you a check for the book today. Also, would like to request that if another comes along, in better condition (ie. with a dust jacket) please notify me as I will certainly buy multiple copies (this was quite a favorite in the family).

I remember a wonderful book from my childhood called The Most Wonderful Doll in the World, but I haven't been able to find it for years. Can you help?

McGinley, Phyllis. The Most Wonderful Doll in the World.Illus. by Helen Stone. Lippincott, 1950. Early edition. Dust Jacket is missing a chip out of the top of spine and is worn at folds. Book is very clean. VG+/G. $25 postpaid.

I'm looking for a book called The Plain Princess by Phyllis McGinley. Have you seen it?

McGinley, Phyllis. The Plain Princess. Lippincott, 1945.
Copy 1: First edition, war paper, no dust jacket. VG+ <SOLD>
Copy 2: Ex-library copy, 11th printing, label on dust jacket. VG/VG <SOLD>

This is my favorite fairy tale of all time, but I somehow lost my copy from childhood. I had not even found anyone who had heard of it until I stumbled across your web site! I am currently expecting my first child and would love to read this story to him/her!

I'm trying to assemble the complete set of Ellen MacGregor's Miss Pickerell series. Do you have any?

MacGregor, Ellen. Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter.Illus. Paul Galdone. Whittlesey House, 1953, fourteenth printing. Ex-library copy with stamps on front endpapers and white sticker on spine of dj. Edgeworn, but clean. G+/VG-. $10 postpaid.
MacGregor, Ellen. Miss Pickerell Harvests the Sea. Illus. Charles Geer. McGraw-Hill, 1968, first printing. Ex-library copy with stamps on front endpapers. G+/VG. $10 postpaid.

I am trying to find 3-4 copies of The Little Squeegy Bug by Christmas 1997. I believe that this children's book was first published in 1948, with it's last printing in 1967. Unfortunately, I don't have the full citation with me at this time but the author's name may be Bill Martin. Thank you for any information you might be able to provide.

Guess what I found? Bill Martin's Little Squeegy Bug! It's an oversized book with pictorial covers published by John Winston in 1945 (5th printing, 1956). It does show wear to the ends and corners but the interior is quite clean. <SOLD>

My uncle is looking for a book from his childhood - all he remembers is that it was maybe a series of books about the adventures of a litttle goat (Whiskers?). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you.

I usually have several Billy Whiskers books in stock.  Please inquire.

I'm looking for Chi Wee by Grace Moon.

I have several Grace Moon titles for you:
Moon, Grace. Chi-Wee. Illustrated by Carl Moon. Doubleday, 1925, 1930. Brown cloth, worn at edges, bottom of spine frayed. Hard to find. Overall, G. <SOLD>
Moon, Grace. Chi-Wee and Loki. Illustrated by Carl Moon. Doubleday, 1926, 1928. Green cloth, spine faded. VG. $20 ppd.
Moon, Grace. The Missing Katchina. Illustrated by Carl Moon. Doubleday, 1930. Blue cloth, Junior Book Shelf. G. $12 ppd.
Moon, Grace. Nadita. Illustrated by Carl Moon. Doubleday, 1927, 1946. Teal cloth, nice dust jacket. VG/VG. $18 ppd.

Can you find a copy of The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Corinne Malvern for me?

Here it is:
Moore, Clement C. The Night Before Christmas. Illustrated by Corinne Malvern. Golden Press, 1950. Twelfth printing, 1975. A Big Golden Book with blue pictorial cover. Minor wear to edges, VG. <SOLD>

Yes, I am interested in the book. I would appreciate it if you would put it on hold for me and I'll send out a check today. I'd also appreciate it if you could send it out without delay as it's intended as a Christmas gift.

I'd like a copy of Miss Mulock's Adventures of a Brownie, three, actually, if you can find them.  Have you had any luck finding it?

Here's one:
Mulock, Dinah Marie.  The Adventures of a Brownie.  Illustrated by Mary Lott Seaman.  NY: Macmillan, 1924, 1962 printing.  The Little Library, 4.5" x 6.5".  Yellow cloth, orange dust jacket, spine faded, some wear to dj.  VG.  <SOLD>

Adventures of a Brownie did arrive (lovely little copy).  I thank you - & would happily buy two more--

I'm looking for a copy of April's Kittens. This was a picture book with beautiful pastel drawings of April (who had long hair, I think) and some kittens. I probably last saw it in the mid-40's. I know nothing else about it except that the drawings were very subdued and lovely.

Clare Newberry's charcoal illustrations are famous for their softness and detail and perfect capture of feline personality. Here are some of her books that I have:
Widget. NY: Harper & Bros., 1958. Ex-library edition, dirty endpapers and smudged cover, but clean text. P. <SOLD>
Smudge. NY: Harper & Bros., 1948. Ex-library edition in library binding. G. <SOLD>
The Kitten's ABC. Harper & Row, 1965. New edition, completely redrawn. Cover very slightly warped, but overall a nice clean copy. VG-. $32ppd
Marshmellow. NY: Harper & Bros., 1942. Marshmellow is a bunny who befriends a famous Newberry cat. Scarce early edition, large oblong 4to. Edges scuffed, esp. spine, otherwise VG-. $65ppd

Thank you very much for finding these other books I didn't even know about! Right now I'd just like to find April's Kittens. I might be interested in some of the others later. Again - thanks.

[later message]
April's Kittens. NY: Harper & Bros., 1940. First edition. Great color quality of her charcoal drawings. Binding is worn, esp. at the corners. Overall, VG. <SOLD>
Pandora. Harper & Brothers, 1944. First edition. This is the book that made Newberry famous. There are many charcoal drawings of long-haired Pandora as well as pencil sketches of this charming mischievous cat. Tall quarto, paper illustrated paste-on on cover. Spine is worn and fraying. Difficult to find first in decent shape. VG. <SOLD>

I'd love to have April's Kittens! Before I send you a check for that please tell me something about Pandora. I don't know it at all. Thank you so much for being willing to keep on looking!

Hello.  I'm searching for Helen Oxenbury's Pig Tale, and it's out of print and hard to come by, but I bet you can get one.

I checked up on it: it is long out of print, and you're right, hard to come by.  I have the book however.  It is an ex-library copy, a bit worn but suitable for more enjoyment.  I can sell it to you for $18 (which is still a far cry from the only American copy I could find on the web, which was an ex-library copy for $30).  I'll even wrap it in pretty purple paper for you.

Thanks for locating the book!  I will definitely take it and would like you to gift wrap it and send it priority mail with a cover note on a nice card if you have one ("I've enclosed a copy of one of my favorite "children's" books.  Not quite the wisdom of Solomon, but insightful").

Have you ever heard of a book called The Gateway to Storyland?

and another request:
Looking for Watty Piper's The Gateway to Storyland and Stories That Never Grow Old.

Here they are:
Piper, Watty. Gateway to Storyland. Illus. Eulalie. Platt & Munk, 1925, 1952, 1954, 1961, 1965. Some edgewear. Red pictorial boards. VG <SOLD>
Piper, Watty. Stories That Never Grow Old. Illustrated by George and Doris Hauman. Platt & Munk, 1938, 6th edition. Beautiful color and crisp pages. Large quarto size. Corners slightly bumped, otherwise VG. <SOLD>

I'm interested in purchasing Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna, 1913. How do I go about this? Would you have any first edition Pollyanna books in very good to excellent condition?

Here are two early editions of Pollyanna that I have in stock:
Porter, Eleanor H. Pollyanna. Illustrated by Stockton Mulford. Boston: Page Company, 1913, 1920 printing. Green cloth with gilt title, minor wear, overall G+. $12 ppd.
Porter, Eleanor H. Pollyanna. Illustrated with photos from the movie starring Mary Pickford. Boston: Page Company, 1913, 1920 printing. Green cloth with gilt title, minor wear, overall G+. $25 ppd.
Porter, Eleanor H. Pollyanna Grows Up. The Page Co., 1915. 1926 edition. Green cloth with gilt. B&W plates by H. Weston Taylor. VG. $15ppd
Porter, Eleanor H.  Dawn. G&D, 1919. Illus. Lucius Wolcott Hitchcock. Cover scuffed, green cloth. G. <SOLD>
Smith, Harriett Lummis.  Pollyanna's Western Adventure. (#6) G&D, 1929. 1940 edition. Blue cloth, spine worn. G. <SOLD>

RockwellThe Girl with the Donkey Tail: I read this book when I was in elementary school and for some reason the book always stayed in mind.  It was about a girl who lived in a forest and somethin about a princess.

Here it is:
Rockwell, A. The Girl With A Donkey Tail.  Dutton 1979 VG+ in Good DJ 1st (stated) Hardbound 12mo 58 Name of Previous owner on first blank page  <SOLD>

Do you have a copy of Bambi?

Sure, I have a copy of Bambi. Take your pick:
Salten, Felix. Bambi, A Life in the Woods. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1928, 1st American edition. Illustrated by Kurt Weise. Trans. by Whittaker Chambers. 8vo, green cloth. Cloth slightly soiled but a decent edition. <SOLD> Salten, Felix. Bambi, A Life in the Woods. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1928, 1929, 1931. Reprint edition. Illustrated by Kurt Weise. Trans. by Whittaker Chambers. Tall 8vo, light green cloth. worn at extremeties, otherwise G. $12 postpaid.

I don’t remember the author exactly, but I think it was Richard Scarry.  The book is about this cat family, and one of the stories in it is called Babykins.

good news, I've found your book!
Scarry, Richard.  Babykins and His Family. NY. Golden Press, 1973, reprint. Very Good.   Glossy illustrated boards, very little wear, clean and bright.  <SOLD>

The check is in the mail.  Sorry my reply comes so late.  Please hold the book!  I've been looking for it forever.  You are my hero.

Looking for The Red Runners and The Yello Y by Robert F. Schulkers, written in the 1920's.

Saw your want list on a search for my grandfather's pen name.  You may be interested in viewing our family webpage.  We have an extra Red Runners 1950's edition if your client is still interested.  Yours Fair & Square, Randy Schulkers

I am a Camp Fire Leader and am interested in related children's titles. I have recently come upon a series listed as The Camp Fire Mysteries. Does this series perchance feature Camp Fire Girls? Thanks much.

The Camp Fire Mysteries are, I believe, one and the same with the Camp Fire Girls series, of which I have three:
Stewart, Jane L. A Campfire Girl's Happiness. Vol. VI. b&w frontis drawing. Akron Ohio: Saalfield, 1914. 8vo, 247 pp. Pages are acidic (as is typical), but the binding and jacket are in excellent condition. G+/VG+ <SOLD>
Stewart, Jane L. A Campfire Girl's First Coucil Fire. Vol. I. b&w frontis drawing. Akron Ohio: Saalfield, 1914. 8vo, 246 pp. Pages are acidic (as is typical), but the binding and jacket (though worn at top of spine) are in very good condition. G+/G+ <SOLD>
Stewart, Jane L. A Campfire Girl's Adventure. Vol. IV. b&w frontis drawing. Akron Ohio: Saalfield, 1927. 8vo, 245 pp. Corners bumped and spine ends worn, but pages are white and clean. G+/G+ <SOLD>

Thanks so much for the three books in this series. I LOVE them!

I'm looking for anything written or illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres.

Here are a few older Cyndy Szekeres books for you:
Szekeres, Cyndy. ABC. A Golden Book, 1983. Board book format, 5.5" x 10". Slight wear, but a clean copy. VG-. <SOLD>
Wahl, Jan. Great-Grandmother Cat Tales. Illus. by Cyndy Szerkeres. Pantheon, 1976, first edition. Glossy pictorial boards, 8vo, black and white illustrations. Some scratching to cover (not affecting color), otherwise VG. <SOLD>
Parish, Peggy. Jumper Goes to School. Illus. by Cyndy Szerkeres. Simon & Schuster, 1969, first printing. Clean ex-library copy, most marked removed, dust jacket shows wear. VG/G. <SOLD>

Yes, I would like to have you hold the copies of the books you mentioned. Because we live here in the Cleveland metro area (Solon), would it be possible for me to come to your location and see the books and pay for them on sight. Every penny counts - and so does time. Maybe we both could save - me $ by not having to spend postage costs; you by not having to spend time packaging up the books for mailing.

But of course, come by any time! Larchmere Blvd. is parallel with Shaker Blvd, and my shop is one block north of Shaker Square at Larchmere and E. 127th St. I'll have the books on hold for you. Thanks.

I have a special place in my heart for Tolkien (as do about 500 million other people in the world).  Please let me know if you have any hardbound Tolkien editions, especially first editions, as well as relative costs.  Thank you.

One first edition in stock, and several other hardbacks:
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Silmarillion.  Houghton Mifflin, 1977.  First American edition.  Fold-out map in back has one minor crease.  Top edges of dustjacket have creases, but the interior is lovely.  First page of Chapter Six is dogeared!  VG/VG+.  $10.50
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Book of Lost Tales, Part One.  G+/VG.  $9.50
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Return of the King.  Fold-out map affixed in back.  VG-/VG+.  $12
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Two Towers.  Fold-out map affixed in back.  VG/VG+. $12
Tolkien, J.R.R. Unfinished Tales.  G/G+.  $7.50
Carpenter, Humphrey, ed. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.  VG/VG+.  $18
Day, David. A Tolkien Bestiary.  New.  $19.99

Looking for a Little Golden Book about Mary Poppins that features a story about floatig in chairs at the dining room table.

This is it:
Travers, P.L. The Gingerbread Shop (A Story from Mary Poppins). Illus. Gertrude Elliott. Simon & Schuster, 1952, first printing. Foil spine worn at spine, cover wear, but clean. G+. $15 postpaid.

Also, Walt Disney's Mary Poppins. A Big Golden Book. 1964. G. $10 postpaid.

I'm looking for a book called The Chosen Baby.  It is about adopting a baby, and was my favorite book when I was growing up.  Please help me find it.  Thank you.

I have two copies of your favorite children's book here.  One original, one revised, and with different illustrations and different sizes.
Wasson, Valentina P.  The Chosen Baby.  Illustrated by Hildegard Woodward.  NY: Lippincott, 1939.  5th printing.  Simple colorful illustrations, blue text.  Previous owner has changed all the he's to she's for her own chosen baby Mary, as well as some other alterations, although original text is still readable.  Other than this, the book is in perfect condition.  Tan cloth, oblong 8.5" x 7.25".  $12 ppd.
Wasson, Valentina P.  The Chosen Baby. Illustrated by Hildegarde Woodward.  NY: Lippincott, 1939, 1950.  First revised edition.  Blue cloth with pictorial dust jacket.  6.5"x 8.5".  VG/VG.  $15 ppd.

I  would love to find Casey the Clumsy Colt for our daughter who is 39 years of age.  This was one of her favorite books when she was a child.  She would like to now share it with her children. I have no idea who wrote the book but it was like a golden book but I do not know if it was a golden book.  I would appreciate your searching and would like to give my daughter a great big surprise.  Thank you.

Watts, Mabel. Casey the Clumsy Colt  Whitman big tell a tale, 1965.  hardcover  vg-, has a bump on top of spine. light cover rubs.  <SOLD>

Indeed I do want the book and I am so excited.  I feel like a kid myself.  I know my daughter will be pleased.

I'm looking for nice early hardbound editions of books by T.H. White.

Here are some books by T.H. White:
The Sword in the Stone. NY: GP Putnam's Sons, 1939. 1939 edition with endpapers designed by Robert Lawson. In very good condition with worn dust jacket. VG/G $28 ppd.
The Book of Merlyn. Univ. of Texas Press, 1977. Second printing, large 8vo (10.25"). VG/G+ $18 ppd.
The Book of Merlyn. Univ. of Texas Press, 1977. Book Club edition, small 8vo (9.5"). VG/VG- $10 ppd.
Miss Masham's Repose. NY: GP Putnam's Sons, 1946. Nice early edition. VG/VG $18 ppd.

I'm looking for a whole set of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.

I have quite a few in the Little House series, but not a complete hardback set. I do have the complete set in paperback, boxed, <SOLD>. I also have the following in hardcover:
(All by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Illustrated by Garth Williams)
...Little House in the Big Woods. Later edition. VG/VG. $14 ppd
...Little House on the Prairie. Newer edition. VG/VG $8 ppd
...On the Banks of Plum Creek. Later edition. VG/G. $12 ppd
...By the Shores of Silver Lake. Later edition. VG. $10 ppd
...The First Four Years. Later edition. Ex-lib. VG/G. $10 ppd

Looking for Eloise Wilkin's The New Baby.

Wilkin, Eloise, illustrator. Text by Ruth and Harold Shane. The New Baby. NY:Simon & Schuster, 1948.
COPY 1: First edition with brown spine, and yellow cover of Mike holding his new sister. VG. $28 postpaid.
COPY 2: Later edition ("L") with foil spine, and yellow cover of Mike looking at his new sister in her crib. Pen marks on rear endpaper. G. $10 postpaid.
COPY 3: Later edition (1975) with yellow cover featuring Mom, Mike and the new baby. VG. $8 postpaid.

I'm a fan of Eloise Wilkins. Do you have her Treasury Book?

Right here:
Wilkin, Eloise. The Eloise Wilkin Treasury. A Golden Book, 1985, first edition. Beautiful condition. F. <SOLD>

Thanks so much! Yes, I would like the book.  That includes shipping & handling? I will get a check in the mail as soon as I hear your confirmation of the price.

I remember a book of poems called A Rocket in my Pocket.  Can you find it?

Withers, Carl, ed.  A Rocket in my Pocket: the Rhymes and Chants of Young Americans.  Illustrated by Susanne Suba.  Henry Holt, 1948. Wonderful b&w line drawings, some pencil marks inside, dj has a few chips, otherwise a great copy of this hard-to-find classic.  VG-/G.  <SOLD>

Oh, goodie!! I can hardly wait to see that "old friend."  I remember it as a rather large black book (but at 8 or 10 years old, my hands were much smaller.)  I'm looking forward to sharing it with my 5 and 9 year old daughters.  Oh, boy, oh, boy, thank you, thank you!

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