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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?

173J: Little girl is a house-guest in her own family’s home.

Little girl is a house-guest in her own family’s home. Children’s chapter book. Read in the 1960′s. Plot: a little girl wants to be a house-guest in her own family’s house – to sleep in the guest room and have special cookies made for her. Her parents go along with the little girl’s request. She packs a suitcase so that she can walk up to the door and be admitted as a guest. Also, the little girl has an aunt: The aunt does fun things when she visits, such as getting the whole town to play leap-frog. Many thanks!

173H: Looking for my Grandma’s Book

I am looking for a book with children’s stories. I don’t know the title. When my grandmother was a child, around 1910, one of her teachers gave her a book and my grandmother was given the task to recite one of the stories. The story was about 2 sisters on a dock and one of the sisters failed to save her sister when she fell into the swirling waters. I didn’t see the book, but grandmother provided the above information before she died. Thirty years later I saw the story in a museum in an open book that was locked under a glass counter. There wasn’t anyone manning the counter and I wasn’t able to inquire about it to get the name of the book. The book wasn’t large, perhaps 40-50 pages thick and perhaps it had a black cover. My sister thinks the name of one of the girls was Maggie. I would love to purchase this book if anyone knows of it.

173G: Cloned Girl (80′s book)

There’s a girl and she’s tired of going to school and doing chores. She sees an ad in a magazine for an institute that can solve her problem by providing a copy of her that will do all the things she hates. She contacts them and they make her clone. Everyday they switch places and she goes to the institute where she can do what she wants while the clone lives her life. Then one day she decides she wants to go back to her life. She sneaks out the institute and she goes home where she sees the clone interacting with her parents. She tells the clone she’s done with her but the clone says they like me better. Then she realizes there’s a switch to turn her off on the back of her neck — and she realizes her best friend has the same switch.

173F: Similar yet not matching “Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet”

I do know the book I am seeking is not the Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, but it does have a similar premise. I read it in the 50′s. It is illustrated with black and white pencil illustrations. The basic story is some children build a wooden spaceship and in the process one of them finds a flexible silvery disc that is nailed to the nose of the wooden vessel. The children discover that it can actually fly and they also discover the alien the disk belongs to, it is his own ship.
During their adventures they go to a variety of planets, one with giant jelly plants and another with bubbles, one that traps the alien who has to be rescued by the children with the very same fingernails he was so critical of earlier.

173E: Lost and Found Dragon Fire

Looking for a Children’s Book my son had in the late 1970′s or early 1980′s – It was about a Dragon that Lost his Fire or had no fire and found it, and it was illustrated. Found newer ones that have a similar title but they are not the correct one. My son just had TWINS and is looking for the original that he had so he can start hem out right :-)!   Any Help will certainly be appreciated!

173C: Cow wearing Galoshes

When I was a child, my mother bought me a book from the University of South Florida’s St. Pete campus. It was by a USF graduate. This would have been in the very late 70′s or early 80′s. I would say between 1979 and no later than 1985. I remember it being read to me before I started 1st grade. Many people try to convince me it was Ferdinand the bull, but from what I see of it, this is not the right book.

It was about a cow who wore galoshes. I believe they were red. I

The cover of the book was yellow.

173B: Girl named after a nurse, Brothers named after baseball players

There is a book about a girl who was named after a nurse who had brothers all named after famous baseball players. Yet the only one good at baseball was the girl and her brothers we’re only good at catching colds.Their father named them after baseball players in hopes they would follow in the footsteps of their namesakes. I heard this book 22 years ago and I remember my teacher saying she searched for it in the library so I’m assuming it wasn’t popular I couldn’t even find it the next week when I went to my schools library. Thanks so much for any help you could provide.

173A: Lost Book Mother Learned to Paint From

I’m lookiJanetFng for a book my mother had as a child. I think you would call it an coloured Illustration book with animals all dressed up. Some with babies and some not. My mother was born in the 1920’s So not even sure how to find it without a name. My mother loved this book and later in life she became a painter. She painted from the book an elephant that was dressed with a mouse and the elephant is jumping because of the mouse. Also a possum with her babies. I have one painting I will send you from the book. My father out lived 2 wives and was on his 3th wife when he passed so my mother’s book got lost. I remember how she loved this book and would love to find it.