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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?

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!

179B: Fairy Tales from Around the World including Lapland

This book was probably late 40’s or early 50’s and was a collection of fairy tales from around the world. It did have Bluebeard and Puss in Boots and some of the traditional stories, but it also had a story about children in “Lapland”. It was probably fourteen inches or so in height and maybe and inch and a quarter to an inch and a half thick. It had some illustrations. I can’t remember much more but I would recognize it instantly. Please help me identify it!

178H: Children’s Christmas book about animals helping Santa deliver presents.

I unfortunately do not remember the name or author of this book. I received it for a Christmas present as a child probably between 1955 – 1957. The book was about Santa Claus delivering presents on Christmas Eve. He stops in the forest for a break to eat the sandwiches and coffee that Mrs. Claus packed for him. He sits under a tree to eat and falls asleep. The animals in the forest find him asleep and decide not to wake him – but to deliver the presents for him. The large animals take the bigger gifts and the small animals the smaller ones. My favorite part of the book was the skunk – being too small to climb to the roof to deliver his present, leaves it at the front door. There was even a picture of him doing this. There are illustrations on each page. My memory of the title was “The Animals Christmas”, but I have never been able to find this book by this name. At the time I received this book I lived in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was given to me by my grandmother and she would have purchased it in a local store.

178G: magic old stamps

When I was a kid in the 1970s, I had book of wonderful/magical tales – the one short story that I loved (and have been looking for) is about a boy who finds these old, strange postage stamps in some box in his house – they have pictures on them that depict beautiful, exotic places that he’s never heard of.
He puts one on an envelope and it gets whisked away through the air, only to return a little while later, roughed up and postmarked. He puts a stamp on a package and it too gets whisked off – only to return, appearing well-travelled and postmarked. Then he puts his old pet cat in a box and puts stamps on it – the box is whisked away to this magical land, only to return with the cat seemingly younger and rejuvenated. I think it may have ended when he sent himself off on the same journey.
I don’t recall the name of the book or this particular story – but I suspect it had “stamps” in it.

178F: 90s ChickLit with carreer change plot: From working at bank (or offfice) to working at a zoo. (solved)

Female lead character gets the sack and turns to an agency to help her find a new job; ends up at zoo. Has to take care of vicious donkey (I think at petting zoo) and subsequently falls for oddball and fellow warden, caretaker for the penguins. There is a ‘Princess Leia Doll’ subplot, in which protagonist realizes she only ever started her job at office-setting to stick it to fellow graduate who mutilated her doll when they were children. Happily the oddball zookeeper is also a collector of star wars dolls.
Probably british author, was baught in ireland in 1999 or 1998 and, of course, lost.

It is not a book by sophie kinsella, m. keyes, c. ahern, fforde, j. mansell, r. sisman. I have been searching for the last couple of days without any luck and hope you can help me (because this is driving me crazy). Thank you very much in advance!

 

178E: brother and sister, Benji and Betsy? – who were sent to work in a mill after their parents died.

I am searching for an old children’s book that was read to our 6th grade class back in the mid 60’s.

I am not certain of the title of the book, but I thought it had the word “Incredible” in it.

Other details, not certain about them:

I seem to think the author’s name was S.E. Stevenson. I can picture the book on the shelf in the school library, and it was near the end of the fiction section. The cover was red, white and blue, with simple graphics. I think there were birds flying along the ocean shore.

The story was about a brother and sister, Benji and Betsy? – who were sent to work in a mill after their parents died.

The story took place in either England or New England, I remember British terms used.

There was a mean foreman at the mill, who was very harsh with the workers, but was semi-friendly to Betsy

I thought the book won either a Caldicott or Newberry award, but I checked the lists and didn’t seem to see it.