When I was a kid (born in 1983, but with a sister five years older, so it might have been published in the 80s, 70s, or earlier), we had a kid's book that seemed to be a visual dictionary of some sort. It was illustrated, with very dense, detailed illustrations. Every pair of pages would be on another theme--one was a deli scene (the giant barrels of pickles stood out in my mind), another was of a cutaway of a house at night with different family members in different beds, another showed an aerial view of a town. In some ways, the illustrations reminded me of Richard Scarrys Best Word Book Ever
, except they featured humans, not animals. If I recall correctly, there was an illustration of two kids at the beach on the inside cover.
I've had trouble finding this, in part because it seems to have fused in my mind with Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book
; until recently, I could have sworn
it was called "The Important Thing About Book", but the illustrations and text to Margaret Wise Brown's book don't seem at all right. Any ideas, metafilter?