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Children's Book Filter: mystery on a castle tour?

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 - 2 answers

Books like What Do People Do All Day?

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 - 17 answers

I seem to have a real problem remembering the names of books.

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 - 5 answers

Who is Mitchell Miller?

I have this book by Jack Sendak, with illustrations by Mitchell Miller. All I know or can find about Mitchell Miller is that he illustrated two books for Jack Sendak, as did Sendak's brother. Thing is, Miller's work looks awfully familiar.
posted by Toekneesan on Sep 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Found this book, then lost it again

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 - 2 answers

Tell me the name of this children's book from its cover (1940-1970ish)

I'm trying to identify an English-language book by its cover as seen in a photo of my friend taken in 1970 when she was a year old. The original image is hard to make out, but I inverted it and made it black and white. Does anyone recognize it? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Aug 8, 2013 - 42 answers

Another another important book?

Help me find this picture book from the 70s or 80s! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Aug 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Bears... not those ones.

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 - 20 answers

I just cannot remember the name!

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 - 4 answers

trying to find a picture book from my childhood...

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 - 11 answers

Lobotomized 1980s/1990s children's/young adult book

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 - 8 answers

Kids book about monster makeup and making your own spook show?

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 - 3 answers

A Children's Book About Adoption

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 - 7 answers

The Boy Who Read Too Much

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 - 2 answers

Help me find this children's book!

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 - 15 answers

Identify this children's book

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 - 4 answers

Identify This Children's Book

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 - 6 answers

So now I have anatidaephobia but for pumpkins

Anyone remember a terrifying children's book about fleeing from a slowly rolling pumpkin? [more inside]
posted by pickingupsticks on Aug 24, 2012 - 5 answers

I lost a book about a girl and a horse lost in a blizzard.

A lost book about a lost girl and a horse and a blizzard...remembered from childhood. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Jul 20, 2012 - 2 answers

What is this book about a sad dragon trying to take care of a pet?

What is this book from my childhood involving an adorable reptile and his pet? [more inside]
posted by derogatorysphinx on Jun 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Children's book about Quaker riddles?

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 - 5 answers

Children's-Book-Filter: Dead missionary parents, New England island, driving on ice

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 - 0 answers

Ahoy, Captain Otter!

Name that children's book: An intrepid otter captains a beautifully illustrated riverboat. [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

mouse a Venezia per i capretti

Find-that-book filter: Help me track down a 35-year-old kids' picture book about mice in Venice. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Feb 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Kids book about a little octopus?

Old children's book about a little octopus... anyone? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Feb 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Pretzels and Pirhanas

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 - 2 answers

Name that book in two words or less.

Help me identify a favorite book from childhood. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Feb 1, 2012 - 4 answers

What was this half-remembered chapter book?

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 - 6 answers

I can't remember the name of this kids' book about evolution.

Help me find this children's book about evolution that I used to read as a kid. [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Dec 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Do you remember a color-changing polar bear?

Children's book from the 80s where a polar bear changes colors.... I think? [more inside]
posted by jabes on Oct 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Do you remember this children's book with a memorable birthday party?

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. Thank you!
posted by frescaanddietcoke on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Canadian Giant and the Magic Gemstone

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 - 3 answers

Child psychic, tea-reader mom, titanic blanket

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 - 3 answers

Please jog my memory...

Please help me identify this all but forgotten children's book. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jul 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Birds and tea and ... I can't remember the rest

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 - 2 answers

Name That Children's Book

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 - 5 answers

It was a very neat book.

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 - 4 answers

Help me identify an old picture book.

I'm trying to identify a book I was very fond of as a young child. [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Jul 10, 2011 - 3 answers

ABCs for a two-year-old?

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 - 13 answers

Identify an obscure children's book(s) from the sixties?

Obscure children's book(s) from the sixties? Warning: this is a very long shot. [more inside]
posted by Decani on Apr 10, 2011 - 31 answers

Where are you going, Bear? Please wait for me!

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 - 7 answers

Help Me Make My Mom Cry Happy Tears

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 - 4 answers

Identify yet another children's book.

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 - 12 answers

What are the steps to publish a children's book?

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 - 6 answers

What was this bedtime picture book?

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 - 1 answer

Failing in mom duties, I need this book!

Help me find this book for my son! [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Aug 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Illustrating a book - what do I do now?

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 - 5 answers

[Help me Find a Book Filter] Children's book about a monkey/chimpanzee "family" that sleeps in trees and eats ants using a stick?

[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 - 2 answers

Another half-forgotten book.

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 - 2 answers

Where to print a children's book

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 - 8 answers

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