Fantasy Childhood Book Oswald the Sea Monster, Basilisks, Mandrakes...
April 21, 2014 7:36 PM Subscribe
A favorite childhood book was titled something like "A Mysterious Parcel." It was a translation from another (unknown) language into my own Eastern European language, so the original title might have been quite different.
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The book featured a boy and girl who find a mysterious parcel that somehow takes them out of their mundane existence into a magical world with deadly basilisks, screaming mandrake roots, an avuncular, absent-minded wizard who misplaces his eyeglasses in a pot of homemade jam, and of course, Oswald the Sea Monster (I'm pretty sure that was his name, and not that of the wizard). There may have been a phoenix involved. Does any of this ring a bell with anyone?