Book Buys-January ’08

The Library’s Bookstore Cafe is brimming with new items and some of the quirkier are those older children’s titles.  We culled some interesting ones that will fetch a little more than the regular stock in our bookstore.  Email me at if any of these make you nostalgic about childhoods past or present!

Byrd Baylor’s THE BEST TOWN IN THE WORLD is a picture book signed by the author
that celebrates a Texas hill town of years past where everything is better and bigger.  Illustrated with charming watercolors by Ronald Himmler. Scribner, 1982.  Great condition, blue cloth.  $10

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY has achieved children’s classic status. Perhaps a first edition, illustrated with line drawings by Joseph Schindelman. Knopf, 1964. Very good condition with paper cover. $10

Anne Orth Epple’s NATURE QUIZ BOOK tests the knowledge of 10 to 16 year olds, as it was understood in the mid-1950s. 26 quizzes with answers. Platt & Munk, 1955. Very good condition with paper cover. $10

Howard Garis’ UNCLE WIGGILY AND HIS FRIENDS offers many adventures of the friendly rabbit.  Illustrations are in color and black and white . Platt & Munk, 1955. Good condition, green binding with some wear in corners. $50

Johnny Gruelle’s RAGGEDY ANN STORIES are familiar to many generations. Color and black and white illustrations by the author. Bobbs-Merrill, 1947. Good condition, spine worn. $10

Laura Lee Hope’s THE BOBBSEY TWINS AT WINDMILL COTTAGE is just one title in another very popular children’s set. Grosset & Dunlap, 1938. Good condition. $5

Dean Koontz’s ODDKINS is “a fable for all ages” by the best selling novelist. Color illustrations. Warner Books, 1988. Excellent condition, paper cover. $10

Josephine Lawrence’s NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS written for older elementary school girls. Cupples & Leon, 1926.  Good condition, paper cover. $10

Arthur Rackhams’s FAIRY BOOK introduced many children to Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin and Cinderella. Illustrated. Lippincott, no date. Very good condition. $5

Fran Striker’s THE LONE RANGER is based on the famous cowboy’s adventures by George Trendle.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1936. Good condition, partial paper cover. $5

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