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Thanks for all of your patience and support as we have been catching up on the deluge of stumper requests sent to us while also preparing our store for the holiday season! I am pleased to report that we are back on track to answer requests within a week of being sent. My name is Julie and am happy to take over this page on behalf of Loganberry Books. As a voracious reader, it makes me happy to see others find books they have been seeking for years. On that note, I hope that everyone keeps reading all new posts and contributes where they can, to maximize the usefulness of crowdsourcing. The more people commenting, the merrier! I look forward to continuing to work with all of you, and if you have a question or concern please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
It was published sometime before 1991.
It was the story of a cat's life, I think it was living on a farm, or generally somewhere rural. It starts when the cat was a kitten and ends when the cat is old. The book had large pages, probably 12"+ tall. The pages were mostly taken up by large drawings done in just black and white lines, like a comic book. I think there were brief sentences at the bottom of the page, captions for the drawings.
This book was probably published in the 70’s. Story of teens in a mental (?) hospital working with a new (?) young doctor trying to connect with them. One character is named Bonnie and she is mute or doesn’t interact with people but likes when the doctor (?) sings “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” so he starts to change the words and sings things like, “My Bonnie Lies Over the Pizza”, etc. Character called Zero was, I think, male, and I think, dies at the end. It was a small paperback size book with a hardcover that I read in the 80’s from my public library. I believe the cover was white.
Trying to find an old picture book about elephants. Pre-1980 probably. At least definitely pre-1985. The main thing I remember is it’s extremely sad. I think it has watercolor illustrations. And it’s about how elephants bury their dead and (I think) always remember where they are buried and even go back to visit.
I remember it as a story, but it’s so sad, I suppose it could have also been a non fiction picture book.
If you have any thoughts on what it might be, would love to hear.
I don't remember the actual book title but here are some details that I remember: 1) I read it around middle school 2) It has a female protagonist 3) The plot involves a girl or young woman who gets lost at sea and winds up on a mysterious island where time doesn't exist and people don't use silverware. 4) Eventually she is found and returned to her family but the island seems to have disappeared, and she can't remember how to use forks anymore. 5) If I remember correctly it was either a middle grade or young adult book, and was most likely published before 2006.
Looking for an old book (20/30 years ago) written for older kids, featuring mostly photographs of Gypsy/Roma kids/families, also had some notated songs in it. Got it from a school library once upon a time. The author had a strange (not foreign; just strange) name.
When I was in grade school late 60’s or early 70’s, I used to adore this pink book. It was hard cover and had 4 girl names on it and a drawn picture of dolls. Not illustrated, just a sketch. It had 4 names of the dolls and I think one was like Rosemary. The title only had those 4 names as much as I can recall. Don’t remember the story even. I just remember the hard cover was a bright pink with the 4 names of the dolls.
There is a children’s picture book that has the story of a family heirloom wedding dress that is passed on from one generation to the next and is eventually used to make a christening gown and a future generation turns the christening gown into a hanky.
Seeking 80s or 90s children’s book about a family that takes their RV to a campsite for vacation. Not really a plot, just little scenes: they catch butterflies with nets, go snorkeling in a little lagoon, and light sparklers. There’s a rainy day that they spend at the campsite.
I am looking for an old children’s book of stories. I guess it would be from between the 1950s or 60s. It contained the story of the woman who became a woodpecker who baked pies as well as a story of a man who had to cut a hole in his roof to fit the top of his tall Christmas tree through.
Thank you for any help you might be able to give!!!!
I’m looking to find a book from my childhood, and have now been through hundreds of internet pages. Hoping you might have a lead! All I remember really is:
- illustrated color paperback picture book, probably c. Late ‘60s- late ‘90s
- story about a group of siblings moving into or visiting a castle? Maybe just an old house with a tower
- a unicorn from a tapestry comes to life, and he is white with a beard. The children bring him down out of the tapestry.
Things I’m not sure of but seem familiar:
-something about a yellow bedroom
- maybe an illustration with one of the children looking behind the tapestry
Thank you! The Magic Tree house has a story with some similar elements, but that’s not quite it.