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Book about a wizard/sorcerer, a ring carved in the ground around a castle to create a forcefield. evil sorcerer makes spiders or insects appear and a guard runs and touches the forcefield which then collapses. maybe an apprentice with wizard, used to read a lot of choose your own adventure books?
Looking for a book my mum read when she was younger (so poss. publishing date 1950-70 although could be earlier) which was a fairy pop up book about a fairy who wants to go to a party but can’t as she had nothing to wear and at the end she does go to the party dressed in seaweed or river reeds.
I’m pretty sure that I would have used this book in the 1960s and 1970s. I thought the background on the cover (hardback book) was predominantly red / orange with buildings that looked Russian. My memory that it was “Once Upon a Time Fairy Tales,” or “Around the World…” could have been fairy tales or folk tales.
I do know the stories were from many countries. The pictures were in color and I thought maybe the editor / collector was a Russian name. I can see the cover in my mind’s eye.
Included in the book: Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Three Sillies, The Bunyip (Austrlia), tale about an elephant and a tortoise, Egyptian story in which an arm is cut off, The Three Fates, a Nordic (?) tale about a woman and a witch with a stone boat, a tropic story called “The Bones…,” Why the Sea Has Lost it’s Salt, a story about a leprechaun that plants gold in a field and marks the spot many times to trick someone, The Frog Prince, a story about a young Eskimo(?) princess in which someone becomes a wolf.
Hope this leads to something. Thank you for your help.
In late 50′s my grandmother read to me many times a book checked out from our local public library. It was about a little girl who broke her leg. Someone would carry her outside every day and she spent the summer in a hammock beside a brook. She made friends with the small animals. She mesmerized them with her soothing voice. Maybe that’s where the brook comes in – her voice was like a flowing brook. I don’t remember the little girl’s name or any other details. I have had several librarians through the years be on the lookout for the book, but no one has identified it yet.
I am looking for a book that was probably published in the early 1980′s or so.
It is a science fantasy book, set in a different land. The main character is a woman, who is a “witch” (wise woman) and she is married/consort to the local lord, which isn’t as glamorous as all that – the lord loves to discuss pig breeding with the farmers and he does wear glasses (I believe)
There is a dragon (and old one – could be the last dragon in the realm) who is awakened and she & her husband are tasked to kill this dragon. She has the power to understand the dragon and the dragon falls in love with her – she is able to transform herself into a dragon and she loves it. But then she realizes the life she had as a woman and transforms herself back to a woman and goes back to her family and life
The book I’m trying to find was probably published in the 1970s. It was mostly text, with some black and white line drawings. The storyline involved some kids visiting a fantasy world with an owl for a mayor. For the owl’s birthday, they bake him a cake in the shape of an owl. The owl is horrified and refuses to eat the cake because it looks like him. That’s all I remember, except that it also contained the word “turd” which greatly horrified my mother. It’s possible the book was written in verse, or that this was just one story in a collection, but I don’t remember. I think I had this book when I was about 10, so it was probably written for the tween market. The tone of the book was playful and irreverent.
There was a full-color illustrated book at least 20 years ago. Each page was edge-to-edge covered with a cross-sectional view of cities, usually underground or inside plants, of dozens of tiny people (possibly mice?), going about their daily business. They often had sort of improvised technology, or had built devices into natural facades, like a periscope that looked like a flower. The illustration style was very realistic and extremely detailed.
Been searching for this romance/comedy for 8 years. Hapless down on her luck gal loses job, & also has bad guys after her. Meets a guy she describes as a lazy, good for nothing slackass (or slob or slacker) who wants nothing to do w/ her or her problems, but eventually helps her out. Paperback.
I think it was in 1978, while in 2nd grade, I read a mystery book about a boy visiting a castle (I think in Scotland) and there were ghosts trying to tell him something. I think I remember something about the ocean and maybe characters who names were like those in Macbeth or another Shakespeare book
Here’s what I remember:
The book is about a princess, I think her name was either Sophie or Sophia, who lives in a castle with her Royal Family in a town located within the confines of a storybook. Whenever the book is opened, the people in the town stop their current activities and rush to their places in order to preform their story for The Reader who’s name, I think, is Claire. The princess is very adventurous, she hates the repetition of the story and longs to visit a world beyond the book. I think that she does leave for a short period of time, and once she steps out from the book, she enters one of Claire’s dreams. She returns to the book ,and informs the other characters who react with shock and disapproval. When Claire’s little brother burns the book, the princess and the characters escape into Claire’s memory/imagination/dreams. The story and the characters, I believe, are passed down to Claire’s daughter or granddaughter, who with the princess’s help, re-writes/re-publishes the story so that it and it’s characters will live on.
Another point worth mentioning is that the book was published sometime in the early 00′s, I had a copy in my possession in 2003. It was from a school book fair, so the publisher could be something that has connections with Elementary and Middle schools like Scholastic. It was a paperback, the front and the back were off-white or cream in color, and I think the front had an illustration of the princess. All I can remember was that she had dark hair.