A definite long shot, but I'm looking for the names of two of my favourite children's books from the '80's, these are picture books that were read to me about 25 years ago, and I'd love to find them for nostalgia's sake but also to read to my own children.
The first was about a little boy who follows a clown into his television, I think maybe at the boy's bedtime.
The second was about a boy and a monkey who go on adventures together, maybe to space, and I think there were trap doors or other neat ways of traveling. The illustrator of the book included these great doodles and tiny squiggles on every page (within the pictures not all over the text), and that's what I remember most, the great illustrations that were really intricate.
posted by lafemma
on Mar 4, 2014 -
I'm looking for the title of a children`s picture book which had a boy named Paul and a man with a crystal ball named Solamand (sp?) . Many of the pages had shiny silver spots on them such as a silver rain puddle. I thought it had ``Apprentice`in the title, but maybe not. I don`t know when it was published but my children read it in the `80s. Paul somehow travels from his home to were Solamand is. Does anyone remember it?
posted by mcbeitz
on Jan 20, 2014 -
When my kid was three, I bought him a yellow raincoat lined with thin fleece from Target. It was $12. It was perfect - a little warm but not too warm. Still fits in the body, but the sleeves are much too short for my now 5.5-year-old. And now I can't find anything remotely similar for that price or any price, really. [more inside]
posted by 41swans
on Nov 11, 2013 -
It's driving me crazy - the book was about fishing/fisherman and featured dark linocut illustrations. I think the cover was blue and black. My recollection is that the tone of the book was sad. This was in Canada, early 1970s, if it matters. Help!
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl
on Aug 25, 2013 -
Do you know of any stories or poems for young children (ages 3-10) that are about orchard fruits--or at least feature fruit or fruit trees prominently?
posted by shibori
on Jul 10, 2013 -
Does this sound familiar to anyone? Ok, I know this is vague, especially since there is no plot. I've been trying to remember a children's book about art. I'm pretty sure it was published by the Museum of Modern Art and most likely in the late 1980s to early 1990s. The book had an artwork for every letter of the alphabet, for instance "D is for Dance" paired with Dance I by Henri Matisse
. I also remember Two Cheeseburgers, with Everything
by Claes Oldenburg. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear
on Mar 12, 2013 -
Metafilter, do you have any thoughts or ideas on what might be a good instrument to buy for Chrismas, that the kids (6 and 3.5) can play with on their own (i.e. there won't be lessons) but can still gain skill and enjyment, that I can find second hand for under, say, $100. Recorder? auto harp? trupet? drums? We already have a piano and bells. Thank you!
posted by hollyanderbody
on Nov 29, 2012 -
Trying to identify a book my nanna had on her shelf and that I loved when I was a kid, but has been given away since. I thought the volume was called 'Myths and Legends', though one story I recall in particular strikes me as probably more of a fairy story. It might have been one of a set with a number of volumes. [more inside]
posted by springbound
on Oct 27, 2012 -
Our child was reading The Pushcart War
and it occurred to me that it is the only children's book I know of that does not feature any children as characters. Can this be correct, or am I just suffering brain-freeze? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones
on Jun 2, 2012 -
When I was very young, I read a series of books about dinosaurs, where each book was a fiction story (with educational information) about each species of dinosaur.. what books were those? [more inside]
posted by ceberon
on May 25, 2012 -
I grew up always loving a children's book titled Throw a Kiss, Harry
. The author is Mary Chalmers. She wrote a number of children's book and illustrated for several other authors. I have been able to find several of them through Alibris, but I have been unable to find much info on this great author. I believe she is still living and would be in her eighties, but other than that, I am at a loss. I would love to find out more about her and her work. After and an extensive web search I have no leads. Any ideas?
posted by flesti
on Feb 20, 2012 -
Help me find a children's picture book from the 40's-60's involving a princess who raises a baby dragon. [more inside]
posted by Windigo
on Jan 24, 2012 -
I didn't buy this jacket
when my kid was a baby. Who spends over a hundred bucks on something so frivolous? I didn't, but have been obsessed with it ever since. Does anything exist on earth that is similar and would suit a preschool-size boy? Boy being the operative word. [more inside]
posted by pinky
on Nov 8, 2011 -
Help me find this children's book: About the seasons on a farm. No words, just four illustrations of the same barnyard with animals in the different seasons. The one from my childhood was over-sized and cardboard. [more inside]
posted by la_rousse
on Oct 28, 2011 -
How can I amuse these variously-aged children who like to test boundaries? How should I handle things when I basically can't discipline them? How can I get in the right headspace to do this? [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Sep 1, 2011 -
I am looking for a chapter book I read as a kid in the 1970s/1980s in which a princess and her family have to move out of their ancestral home and instead rent all the houses on a street to hold all their things that used to be in the castle. It was kind of an adventure/mystery story after that, I think involving something with the family possessions. Anyone know the title of this book please?
posted by cmp4Meta
on Aug 12, 2011 -
Anyone remember a kids' book about a boy with a magic copy machine that will copy anything (objects) and has an infinity symbol button?
posted by jfwlucy
on Jul 29, 2011 -
Help me find a half-remembered children's book about a little girl and her pet, and what they say when they get the chance to speak one sentence to each other. [more inside]
posted by Encipher
on Jul 21, 2011 -
Where or what children's (tv show? classroom teaching guide?) is this song from? Lyrics inside... [more inside]
posted by atlantica
on Jun 27, 2011 -
Looking for a children's book about someone who is eating rice with a devil/ghost on his back who keeps stealing the food from him before he can get it into his mouth. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta
on Mar 27, 2011 -
Does anyone have any idea what 1980s or 1990s children's picture book this was? (very scary, about monsters). [more inside]
posted by Geameade
on Feb 11, 2011 -
What do your children delight in when you read them picture books? I'm a writer who has been commissioned to write the text for one, and not having children, I was hoping for some insight. [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt
on Nov 7, 2010 -
Need help thinking of children's books, especially classics, that are about kids who don't grow up or don't want to grow up, *besides* peter pan? Alternately, can you think of books published for adults that contain those themes (even if only slightly or vaguely)?
posted by whatgorilla
on Nov 1, 2010 -
ChildrensBookFilter: Looking for the name of a picture book or a series of books about animals on a cruise ship that go to an island? [more inside]
posted by cottoncandybeard
on Oct 6, 2010 -
I'm looking for the title to a children's book. It was about a hippopotamus or
a rhino who felt inadequate who on a walk met different animals he wished he was like and then had a dream in which he had one body part of each of the animals he wanted to be more like.
posted by Tziv
on Sep 11, 2010 -
I am looking for information -- author, publisher, possibly title -- about a particular illustrated version of Verne's From the Earth to the Moon. [more inside]
posted by flechsig
on Jun 6, 2010 -
Looking for a childrens book about the origin of words illustrated in a late 60's/70's psychedelic style. [more inside]
posted by alikins
on Jun 5, 2010 -
Help me find a picture book about which I can remember almost nothing, and what I remember may or may not be true. [more inside]
posted by geneva uswazi
on Jun 5, 2010 -
Where can I find interesting versions (i.e. opera, acoustic, rock, etc.) of traditional children nursery rhymes/folk songs? Any language is fine. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt
on Apr 25, 2010 -
What young adult novels (or chapter books for kids) are written in particularly elegant prose styles? (Bonus points if the story and characterization are good, of course, but I'm especially looking for books where the writing style itself is beautiful.) Examples include The Graveyard Book
, Haroun & The Sea of Stories
, and When You Reach Me. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Mar 18, 2010 -
I am reading the "My Father's Dragon" collection to my son, and I recently discovered that there was an anime released in 1997 called Elmer no Bouken: My Father's Dragon. I want to find a copy of it. I searched google and amazon, but I can find no record of it. Can anyone help me out?
posted by senador
on Jan 21, 2010 -
I'm looking to create a printed book/magazine that will be as safe as possible for small children kids and babies. Safe in that they can put in their mouths, tear it apart and the risk to them is as low as possible. However, I can't find much information on how to do this. [more inside]
posted by JiffyQ
on Jan 17, 2010 -
What movie did I rent all the time when I was little? It was animated and had two children (brother and sister?) collecting the four elements for a wolf. [more inside]
posted by abitha!
on Jan 8, 2010 -
Looking for an out of print children's book entitled Prince _________, about a dog. Help? [more inside]
posted by samsarah
on Nov 5, 2009 -
I'm looking for the title of an action/adventure short story collection that I read in middle school (early 90s). It included The Most Dangerous Game and Leningen Versus the Ants. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78
on Oct 2, 2009 -
Going bonkers trying to remember the title of a favorite children's book that I read growing up in the late 1960s. The story takes place in NYC and the main characters are 2 children, a boy and a girl. The children stand in the first car of a subway train and as the train moves faster and faster through a Bowery tunnel, the children travel back in time to NY when it was New Amsterdam. They meet Peter Stuyvesant and other characters in Manhattan when it was a Dutch colony. Sound familiar to anyone?
posted by suzeQ
on Sep 20, 2009 -
I am looking for a young child's easy reader book from the late 1960s/early 1970s about a bear and his bus. [more inside]
posted by goml
on Sep 10, 2009 -
I'm trying to remember the name of a series of preschooler picture books. They were written a few years back and the main characters are two animals that look like bunnies but aren't. One is white and one is black.
I can't remember their names, hence my dilemma since their names are also the title of the series. I think one name is odd and starts with a B and the other is ordinary, maybe Maggie?
Anyway, they are wonderful oddball characters who mange to find their way in and out of trouble. Their charm lies in being different.
What are their names?
posted by Lorna
on Aug 20, 2009 -
In the early 70's there aired a kid's after school program. Simple to identify, right? Course not, this is where you come in. [more inside]
posted by Allee Katze
on Aug 17, 2009 -
Searching for information on writing children's television. What resources am I missing? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector
on Jul 6, 2009 -