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Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog!  Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course.  It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee.  Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.

Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder.  Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?

180G: African folk tale book

I am trying to remember an African folk tale book I had as a kid. It was illustrated along the same lines as “Anansi the spider” but it was about a boy in a village who traveled in a canoe for some reason… and along the way, all of his belongings started disappearing one by one??
I may be remembering this incorrectly.

But his mother was a character in the book and I think possibly he was grown when he returned to the village??

There was also a a wreath of fruit… ?

Any help is appreciated!

180F: Children sent to live with Aunt

. I don’t remember much about this book but it was two children from London who were sent to stay with their Aunt in the country (Maybe Ireland??) during the end of their mother’s pregnancy I think. They were pre-teens brother and sister and they thought she was a witch but she was just eccentric. I remember they followed her out one night to see what she was up to and she was just picking mushrooms. I have been looking for this book for years. Read as a child in 1988 and I don’t think it was new then.

180E: Children (Fairies?) positive thoughts pocket-size book: late 1980s/early 1990s

Smallish, pocket-sized hardcover book with, I believe, fairies (or just children? – can’t remember if they had wings or not), showing fanciful ways things came to be(showed them pinning clouds in the sky, and painting wings on butterflies). There was a sweet positive saying on each page spread. Not a lot of pages in the book, maybe 14-20 pages max. This was a specialty book like the kind you’d get on a rack in the middle of a bookstore – with other books with sayings/aphorisms. I remember at least one fairy (girl?) with black hair.

I believe there were also greeting cards that had these same characters and artistic style for a period of time, with, again, a sweet saying or aphorism.

180D: A Childrens Treasury of Stories and Poems?

Unsure of exact title. A large childrens book of nursery rhymes, poems and stories. Hard covered, may have been blue. Published in the 1950′s. Included;

Poems
-I saw a ship a sailing
-Mud(Polly Chase Boyden)
-The Goops
-Father Williams(Lewis Carroll)
-The Fairies(William Allingham)
-The Brownie Yearbook(Palmer Cox)
-Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod
- The naughty soap song

Stories
-The Little Match Girl
-The Tinderbox
-The Fisherman and his Wife
-The Emperors New Clothes
-Rumpelstiltskin
-Penrod
-Why the Bear has a Stumpy Tail
-Black Beauty
-Puss in Boots
-Henny Penny
- The Pied Piper
-Puss in Boots
-The Princess and the Pea
-The Bremmontown Musicians

These are a few of what I can remember. The book started with classic nursery rhymes (little boy blue, Hickory Dickory Dock, Humpty Dumpty, ect.) and then went to poems and then stories.

 

180C: Book containing stand-up comedy scripts.

This was a paperback book published (probably) in the late 1970′s or early 1980′s. It included stand-up comedy transcripts from many different famous comedians. I think a Bill Cosby routine may have been in there, and I’m pretty sure I recall the Smothers Brothers’ “Mom Liked You Best” as well. Other people in the book may have included George Carlin and Robert Klein, but I can’t remember precisely.

Any help locating this title would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

180B: Illustration of dog jumping through ring

Don’t know the name of the book or anything about the subject. All I remember is a illustration of A) Either a tiny dog jumping through a ring or the hole of a skeleton key, or B)the dog was normal sized and the person holding the key or ring was a giant.
I remember the person (giant) holding the ring (key) was very amused by the dog.
The dog was with a boy who was comparable in size to the dog.
I saw this book in the late 60′s early 70′s, so the book is probably from the 50s or earlier.

180A: Pete and Polly and their dog pippin the poodle

It is a book about Pete and Polly and their dog pippin the poodle. “It was a very hot day, I am tired of playing in this garden” sighed Pete, so am I agreed Polly, “I wish we could think of something to do” “Let’s go for a walk” sighed Pete “You promised you’d show me where the twisty path goes to” They ended up getting a key from a fish. A message was attached.. “this magic key will unlock the blue door, and that leads to Magic land, you can ride in the little red car, wherever it likes to take you. But bring back the key tomorrow without fail, or something dreadful will happen!” They rode in the car and met the three bears and a princess who had a lemonade fountain I think. The illustrations were very colourful. I Have been quoting this book to my children for years now :) Would be something wonderful to find it.

179E: All I can remember about it is that there were two really tall couples

Trying to identify a book I used to love as kid. All I can remember about it is that there were two really tall couples, two sisters who married two brothers I believe (but all were extremely tall and lanky). I want to say it was set in the Edwardian period (or thereabouts) as the men were dressed like Edwardian dandies and I think they had handlebar mustaches (a la Edward Gorey). I believe the women were dressed in Edwardian white lace dresses and may have been wearing those Edwardian straw boater hats. This is really all I can remember about it; while I doubt this will be enough to go on, I figured I’d give it a shot. Thanks

179C: I believe it is titled ‘snowbound’ probably 1970s

I believe it is titled ‘snowbound’ probably 1970s, definitely prior to 1977. Boy whose hobby is collecting Wanted posters is spending time on cousin’s ranch/farm with I believe two cousins…all adolescents…they.encounter mysterious stranger…boy recognizes him from Wanted poster…the kids realize they’re in danger but can’t get help because of snow situation….eventually boy contacts dad and dad arrives with Wanted poster. Bad guy caught. I think the cover showed just a snowy landscape. This is NOT the story of Cindy and some guy, also titled Snowbound and also from the 70s. good luck and thank you!