Trying to identify a book I read as a child, around 1990... I am not sure if the book is significantly older than that or not.
The plot involves some children and some adults going through the basement of a castle, in a Medieval Times-type reenactment kind of way. The main plot point is that there is some kind of mystery which ends up being solved by the clever kid who notices that the "princess" (really an actress) is wearing a band-aid. [more inside]
posted by anotherthink
on Sep 1, 2014 -
What non-Richard Scarry books would enthrall a toddler who loves Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day
I'm looking for books featuring amusing vignettes of various workers in their daily routine and illustrating what they do. Not books about a sole profession.
Thanks for any ideas.
posted by JamesD
on Aug 5, 2014 -
And Google's not helping me! It's a children's book. I read it when I was 10, so in 1995, and I think it was relatively new (like, it's not a book from the 60's.) The protagonist was an elementary or middle school kid who found a dragon. (I can't even remember if it was a boy or a girl, although I'm leaning towards boy.) I remember that he found the dragon before summer vacation, and was excited that he'd have the dragon until Midsummer Night's Eve, because he thought that meant the middle of summer, and was really upset to find out that Midsummer Night's Eve was on June 23rd. Those are the only real details I remember. Please help!
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper
on Oct 22, 2013 -
My brother and I are searching for a loved childhood book. He found it on a rare book website, paid for a copy, and never heard from the seller again. We're more interested in finding the book than tracking down the bum. The problem is, we've forgotten the author, and are uncertain about the actual title.
It's about a boy who wants a dog, and goes to sleep (I think the night before his birthday) and has a hallucinogenic dream about a giant dog and stairways to the sky and a giant door with an inscription on it. When he wakes up, there is a real puppy waiting for him, I think as his birthday present.
I remember the cover was green. It was an oversize picture book. I think the title was "The Wishing Tree" but I can't find the book under that title anywhere. I read it in the mid-60's.
Thank you for your help!
posted by aimeedee
on Aug 19, 2013 -
I would like help identifying a children's picture book about a family of bears who wear clothes and do human things. Basically all I remember about it is that they're NOT the Berenstein bears. [more inside]
posted by Safiya
on Jul 12, 2013 -
Children's book, of a wintery sort (I've been trying to remember the title for six months). I read it in the last 15 years. It involved a bored princess and someone that came and shook everything up - perhaps pied piper-ish? It involved juggling I think and the character's name was really important - I remember it as something like 'Hode'.
posted by an opinicus
on Jul 11, 2013 -
I remember a book we had as kids that was about a man with an amazing flying bed. I think it was called "Mr (somebody)'s amazing/magnificent/fantastic (?) bed" or something along those lines. It has unusual illustrations and was a really exciting book, he would go flying on this crazy bed at night. The cover was orange. A picture book. I've googled like crazy but can't find it. Anyone recall anything like this???
posted by beccyjoe
on Jul 5, 2013 -
This one has been driving me nuts for years, and I'm going to turn to the hive mind. When I was a kid, around 10 or 11 (making it around 1992-1993), I got a book that was something akin to the Babysitters' Club books: targeted at young girls, about a group of young girls all doing something together. The first of a potential series, although I don't know if I read any more. I remember very few details of this book other than the fact that it was mentioned that the main character/narrator's mother had had A LOBOTOMY. She had been depressed or had some other mental problem before, so she had a voluntary lobotomy and was now fun and freewheeling and wore cowboy hats in the kitchen. This wasn't an important plot point, just a throwaway character detail. If anyone has any memory or clue to what this book or book series could have been, I'd be thrilled. I'd just like to know that I'm not just making it up, for one thing.
posted by whitneyarner
on May 11, 2013 -
Trying to track down the title (and copy) of a book I had when I was in second or third grade (1980/81?) that showed kids how to do simple monster makeup and how to create a "spookshow." [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist
on Apr 22, 2013 -
I'm looking for a book meant for small children, probably around age 6, about adoption. The cover pictures a white couple with two adopted (non-caucasian, I think, probably of different races) children. It would have been available at least in 1987-1990 (kind of fuzzy on the year) in New Jersey or thereabouts, USA. It was an English language book. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea
on Mar 14, 2013 -
Childhood Books: When I was a kid, I had a short illustrated book about The Boy Who Read Too Much or The Boy Who Didn't Like Television or something. It was about a boy who only wanted to read, but his parents wanted him to watch TV. Tongue in cheek, obviously--I seem to remember it being illustrated in a sort of Roz Chast-y style. Does this ring a bell for anyone? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Mar 14, 2013 -
I'm trying to track down a picture book from my childhood (late 70's-early 80's). All I remember is that the illustrations were line drawings filled in with pastel colors, and on one page there was a giant sun in pale yellow and orange (maybe spanning two pages.) Does anyone remember this book?
posted by Ralston McTodd
on Jan 21, 2013 -
Asking for a friend: "I read a book when I was very young, a fantasy story for kids, that featured a character called Airy Bear, who would inflate himself and thus leap and bounce about. I cannot remember the name of this book and I really, *REALLY* want to know what it is. Help? The internet (or at least my search-term-crafting-fu) is failing me."
posted by kilo hertz
on Oct 29, 2012 -
I need help identifying a children's book that may have been illustrated by someone whose style was similar to that of Maurice Sendak, Audrey Wood, and even Tomie dePaola. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather
on Oct 14, 2012 -
Children's book about Quaker riddles? I read it as a kid, I remember a hell of a lot about it -- except of course the title. [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle
on May 18, 2012 -
Children's novel: Protagonist is the son of deceased missionaries, retaining only a comforter and a photograph. He lives with an aunt and uncle, and the plot concerns his reintegration into non-missionary society. Setting is an island in New England, and there are scenes of driving on the ice in the winter to get to the mainland. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Help us identify an illustrated children's book involving people on a ship, the invention of pretzels, and piranhas - probably from the late 70s or early 80s. [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Feb 10, 2012 -
What was this children's book--not
The Phantom Tollbooth--about a game based on puns, spoonerisms, and other word games? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack
on Dec 22, 2011 -
Children's book from the 80s where a polar bear changes colors.... I think? [more inside]
posted by jabes
on Oct 25, 2011 -
Another children's book question. I have been trying to find this for years. Read it in the 80s. It took place in NYC. For the kid's birthday party, he decided to invite everyone in the phone book who has the same name as him. One of the guests was elderly, and they made sure to make him kasha varnishkes.
posted by frescaanddietcoke
on Oct 25, 2011 -
Identify This Book-filter: My partner has a vague recollection of a book he read as a kid, and we're curious about what it might have been. Here's his description: It would be from the '80s, or possibly early '90s. It was a novel for children or young adults. It was small press, possibly from Atlantic Canada; I'm fairly sure it was Canadian. It had something to do with an old house, and there was a giant, and a magic gemstone of some kind -- I think it was an opal.
posted by bewilderbeast
on Oct 25, 2011 -
Help me find this children's book I would have read in the 80's. It had a psychic girl in it, from a poor family, and I believe it was set in the 1920's. Her mother was a tea-reader and may have been a gypsy. I remember a scene where the girl briefly time-traveled to the sinking titanic, and came back soaking wet, draped in a white star line blanket. Her fame allowed her to meet some royal personage, and the rich family in town gave her a dress from the dry goods shop. that's all I've got.
posted by camdan
on Oct 14, 2011 -
Help me find a forgotten children's book! My memory of this is almost unforgivably hazy -- I read the book in the mid to late 1980s. The book (possibly all of it, maybe just the ending) takes place at a beautiful teahouse, I believe Chinese, where everyone brings their birds in cages. [more inside]
posted by hels
on Jul 18, 2011 -
Name-that-children's-book-filter: I read it probably in the early '90s, and all I remember is the protagonist used a computer keyboard to do things, e.g., pressing the "escape" key to escape a dangerous situation. [more inside]
posted by bah213
on Jul 18, 2011 -
When I was a kid one of my favorite books was a manual on how to draw spooky Halloween scenes. It was printed in orange and black, and mostly everything was in silhouette. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Jul 17, 2011 -
What's a good book for a 2-year-old? Something to familiarize him with the alphabet? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Jul 2, 2011 -
Obscure children's book(s) from the sixties? Warning: this is a very
long shot. [more inside]
posted by Decani
on Apr 10, 2011 -
Where can I purchase the children's book "Bear on a Bike" today in Cambridge/Arlington/Watertown, Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley
on Mar 6, 2011 -
Looking for an old children's book from the 1940's, about some kids who buy magic star-shaped cookies that, when thrown into the sky, provide a stairway to another world. Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by np312
on Nov 15, 2010 -
Children's book filter: Trying to remember the title/author of a book of mystery short stories I read as a kid. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand
on Sep 22, 2010 -
My (now deceased) grandmother wrote me a book, and I think it would appeal to parents and other children. What do I need to do to see if I can get it published? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque
on Sep 14, 2010 -
I'm trying to find a bedtime picture book I remember from my childhood. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Sep 6, 2010 -
So, I have to illustrate a book. I've never done this before. I've illustrated
before, but not in this professional a capacity, and I'm a little nervous about it. I have nightmares (literally) about using the wrong sort of paper or of the final product looking like nothing I sent in. Those of you who have illustrated professionally before - what can you tell me? What medium do you prefer to use? How do you make the most efficient use of your time? Are there any books on the subject you can recommend? Etc. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun
on Aug 18, 2010 -
[Help me Find a Book Filter] Children's book about a monkey/chimpanzee "family" that sleeps in trees and eats ants using a stick? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle
on May 12, 2010 -
Name that children's book! I read it in the late 70's or early 80's around the end of grade school, beginning of middle school. I remember nothing at all of the plot, but it had a theme of dying and reliving your young life, physically. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick
on Mar 24, 2010 -
I’d like to make a picture book for a friend’s child. Where to print it? I’d want the pages to be matte paper and the cover shiny, just like a real child’s book. I only need a single copy.
posted by Dragonness
on Feb 12, 2010 -