312R: Ice Skating at Home

I am trying to remember the name of a book published by scholastic probably between 1995 – 1998. The book is about a girl whose house fills up with water and she is paddling through the water on her bed. She decides to go to the fridge and opens the fridge door so she can freeze the water. She then ends up skating through the house on the frozen water.

312Q: Things to Do On a Rainy 80s Day

I was born in 1982 and got the book before I was twelve, so it was definitely printed before 1994, probably earlier. This book was called something like Things to Do On a Rainy Day, Rainy Day Book, or Rainy Day Activities, but the cover wasn’t anything like what I saw on Google or Amazon. I am concerned that the book cover may have changed if it were reprinted, which would hinder me from recognizing it if it has been reprinted. The book was approximately 8. 5×11 inches and was paperback. The cover has a picture of two kids looking at a treasure chest which is glowing and shining light on their faces–the chest is facing away from the viewer so you can’t see what is in it. The book contains really great activities such as making a printer’s cap from a square piece of paper, some words from a tribal language where only string is used to communicate, a detailed guide on making friendship bracelets with varying widths (flat braiding), and many other things that I can’t remember. This was a really great book. I want to get it again and get another copy for a friend. It was the best rainy day activity book I’ve seen, but it may just be because of the nostalgia. I read it and did activities for hours on many occasions and showed it to all of my friends that visited my house.

312O: Animals hard at work

Hi! I’m secretly trying to find this book for my husband. He had it as a child and always talks about it. It is a children’s picture book about jobs that people do at night. However, the characters in the book are animals. I think he said there’s a squirrel that’s a garbage man? I could be off, though. I can’t really remember anything more than that. It goes through a handful of night jobs and describes what each of them does. He can’t remember a title or author. Thanks so much for your help!

312N: The Blonde Bully

Ok…I’m going to try to be as detailed as I can but at the same time I don’t know if it’s exactly from what I remember or if it’s like I’m thinking about other things but it is a children’s book I read it when I want to say I was in like third grade which was 92-93. The book had a main character that had blonde curly hair and she was a bully that wouldnt share the swings OR she wouldn’t share her candy with the kids in the playground. I can’t remember if  it was that she bribed everyone with the candy or she wouldn’t share. But the colors in the book we’re very light pastel colors and I want to say she either had a purple top or a pink top with purple or pink pants. The whole book was about her being a bully and not sharing and a swing and a bag of candy where the main objects. It has been bugging me for the longest time that I cannot remember this book because this used to be one of my favorites and I have searched high and low on the Internet and I cannot find it!

312L: Squirrel That Was A Garbage Man


I’m secretly trying to find this book for my husband.as a child and always talks about it. It is a children’s picture book about jobs that people do at night. However, the characters in the book are animals. I think he said there’s a squirrel that’s a garbage man?I could be off, though. I can’t really remember anything more than that. It goes through a handful of night jobs and describes what each of them does. He can’t remember a title or author.

312K: People Across The Lake

The book I’m looking for would have been written before 1990. It would be fiction it would be about a prehistoric tribe that believes that although there were once other people (the lake people or the people across the lake) they are the only people left (they’re either ‘the people’ or the people of the forest, forest people, etc.). One of the main characters would be a girl named Zillah or a variant thereof. She has an overbearing father and at the end of the book she either dreams she sees or actually sees a person in a boat floating towards her on the lake.

 

312J: Medieval Castle (Solved)

Children’s fantasy adventure with magic model boat and Ramses II I’m looking for a children’s book. Set in Britain, I think in the 1930s, and written then. Basic plot starts with a boy discovering a strange ‘antiques’ shop in a seaside town. In it is a model boat / ship, I think of a Viking longboat, which he acquires. Boat becomes a means to various time travel adventures to the past for boy and his family (brother & sister, or were they cousins?) which an adventure in ancient Egypt that involved rescuing Pharaoh Ramses II from an ambush by the Hittites at the Battle of Kaddish, visiting a medieval castle and later bringing back the daughter of the castle to ‘modern’ England – she is terrified by a motor car she thinks is a dragon. One other plot point. The boy tries to find the shop again once he discovers the boat is magic but cannot. But some time later does find it and knows he has to give up / return the magic boat model. I know I read it as child (1950s) but only came to mind when I came across a little Viking longboat model in a curio shop. Nice model, but not magic! Many thanks for any pointers.