From 70s or 80s. Group of normal seeming people can influence others to violence. Once a year they get together with scrapbooks and show how much war and death they have caused. The worst one “wins.” Protagonist is one of them but tired of hurting and killing. She refuses to use her powers. They gang up on her and the new contest is who can eliminate her. Her trusted butler tries to kill her under their influence. Sorry, I know this one is kind of a downer.
Paperback, probably from Scholastic in mid-70s. The veterinarian’s daughter helps rescue a trailer of hoarded animals. Her father’s girlfriend helps and gets completely overwhelmed by the suffering, which makes the girl like her more. The girl refers to herself as an iron hand in a wool mitten. She dates a boy who likes Bartok. Any help appreciated.
I am looking for a book with two main characters, a brother and sister, and the sister is named Lorna. I forget the brother’s name. I’m pretty sure it was a scary or mystery book about a witch or ghosts. Would have read it in the early 80s which means it could have been published in the 70s. Not much to go on but hoping you can help!
The title, actually the subtitle, was something like "OR, The Things in [girl's name, I think it might have been Susan]'s Piano." It was about a girl who was bad at playing the piano, maybe willfully from refusing to practice, and inside the piano were monsters who were hurt or injured or horrified or angry or something, by her bad playing. They may have been musical notes come to life. It was a picture book in my elementary school library, so it was published before 1982. Probably in the 70s. It was sort of psychedelic and the characters were almost ugly, deliberately so. I remember lots of teeth in big mouths.
Seeking hardback book from the late 60's early 70's for kids, I think had a yellow cover, with poems about parts of speech like "beware the dangling participle" and a snake dangling from a tree. Probably 8 or 10 different poems for different parts of speech. Seems like one of the poems has mugwumps but I am not 100% sure. Sorry I can't remember more.
I’m trying to find an illustrated storybook set in a medieval fantasy setting. It may be a children’s book but the story and theme are very morbid. I think the book was published in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The illustration style is drawn in detail and colored, possibly watercolor.
The protagonist is a young hero, possibly a prince, who is betrayed or abandoned by the woman he loves. Perhaps their courtship was called off after he performed a great deed or quest for her father?
He somehow ends up heartbroken and dying on a small island in the sea.
He stays alive by sucking the salt and tears from the tattered and faded blue or black cloak that he wears. Eventually the cloak becomes magically imbued with a toxic curse and is blown on the wind to the kingdom where his former lover lives.There it spreads a deadly plague, possibly the Black Death. I vaguely recall an image of the woman dying from the plague with birds strapped to her feet (an ineffective cure meant to ward off the plague)
Does this ring a bell for anyone?
My son had a favorite Richard Scarry book from the 1970’s. I think I purchased it at a ToysRUs store around 1978 or 1979. His favorite illustration was a two page illustration of a very detailed treehouse with all the items labeled, as the author did so well. There was a kitten in a basket being hoisted up to the treehouse. The image may have been an end cap of the book. I don’t remember which of the Scarry titles it was but it was one of the hardcover oversized books. I have been searching in vain for about four years now. If I at least knew the title of the book, it would make it a bit easier to find an old copy some day.