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 bshank@watertown-ma.gov 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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