This weekend we went down to Niantic, CT to visit my mother-in-law. Whenever we're there, we like to go to The Book Barn. The Book Barn is this great used book store that is less of a barn and more like an estate. I think they must have outgrown the "barn" years ago because there are many more little buildings and wagons throughout crammed with books. (They've even expanded into downtown Niantic with a separate shop.)
A little atmosphere: here you see a bookstore cat, the front entrance, a fire to keep the outside workers warm, and a chef that gives the rules of book selling to the barn.This is where I hang out - the children's literature section - where I judge many books by their covers. I have to. There's no organization to the books so you have to flip through the bins one by one. I've gotten pretty good about spotting the gems - so I can zip through pretty quickly. It also helps that Magoo wants to be with "Daddy" so I get to look solo.
And here's what I got:
Emily and the Golden Acorn by Ian Beck - this one I don't know. But it has nice illustrations and a pirate ship. $1.00. You are mine!
Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett - when I see a Jan Brett, I buy a Jan Brett.
My Name is Georgia by Jeanette Winter - this one is more for me. I love Georgia O'Keefe and I think the illustrations are bold and simple. Something I strive for in my own. I'd be surprised if Magoo went for this one.
Arthur's Tooth by Marc Brown - I don't go for books based on TV series. But when the books came first, well that's just fine by me. I figure Magoo is only a couple years away from loosing a tooth, so this will be a timely one and he's just getting into Arthur too. This will be a hit.
Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer - When I was a girl I loved the Little Critter books. I remember copying pages out of them. Since Magoo is in a real "Daddy Phase" right now I thought they'd both enjoy this one.
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion - A classic. I spied this and snatched it out of the hands of a 4-year old girl. Only kidding. I was alone. But I did snatch it out of a bin. I never read this as a child, but I am reading a book on composing picture book texts and they refer to this a lot. I think classics are always good to own - they're classics for a reason - but I think I might use this one just as much as Magoo.