"I loved this book when I was a kid."
"I haven't seen this book in years."
"I can't believe this book is still in print!"
It always makes me happy when someone finds a much-loved and unexpected book in our store. Books such as Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar never get a "I can't believe you have this book" comment. Most people know how popular those books are and expect them to still be in print. It's the surprises that get reactions.
Obviously, different people remember different books, but here are a few that consistently get commented on:
- Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel and The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. Sometimes, Katy and the Big Snow and Choo Choo invoke memories too.
- Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág
- The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright
- The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde Swift and Lynd Ward
- Any book by Bill Peet
- Any book by Leo Lionni
- Any Choose Your Own Adventure book
Did you just say to yourself: "I can't believe those books are still in print!" You did, didn't you?
Yes, thankfully, these wonderful miniature books (with only a couple of exceptions) are currently in print and available from Penguin. New books in the series continue to be published every year, despite the fact that Roger Hargreaves died twenty years ago. The new books are written by Roger's son, Adam Hargreaves.
It is unbelievable how many people remember these books from their childhood. And almost everyone says the same thing: "I always wanted to collect ALL the books." If you've ever seen a Mr. Men or a Little Miss book, you'll know that on the back of every book is an illustrated list of the other titles in the series. One of the coolest things I'm able to do as a bookseller is to order all the titles listed. And, best of all, I get to watch them go home every day with customers who have remembered them for years, or ones who have just discovered them.
Do you remember these books? See the new poll on the sidebar.
What books have you been thrilled to see again?