6 of Gail's Favorite Children's Books

I was out at my Mum's place recently, Gentle Reader, and she was going through Old Stuff. This time of year is the Great Purging, I've been doing it myself recently. For those of you who follow Retro Rack a number of my favorite dresses are about to go up on ebay. Not yet, but soon.

So some items on the Mum's chopping block included my favorite kid's books. I rescued a few of them, the rest went to friends with kids or the great donation box in the sky. I thought you might like to see the ones I saved. I'm not saying these books necessarily turned me into a writer, but they sure turned me into a reader and probubly had a lot to to with my overactive imagination.

  1. The Midnight Adventures of Kelly,  Dot, and Esmeralda by John S. Goodall is a picture book only, no words, and my copy is so warn it has been taped back together. Three toys climb into a painting and have adventures.
  2. Sammy the Seal is an I Can Read book by Syd Hoff, with good basic word use and a wonderful story about a seal who leaves home seeking excitement and returns with a greater appreciation for what he left behind.
  3. King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood is also characterized by simple clean vocabulary but has some of the most miraculous and intricate drawings I've ever seen, by Don Wood. I love the premise (of refusing to get out of a bath) and I can still stair for hours at the detail in those amazing full page illustrations. (It helps that the artist's model for the king, Harry Bidgood, was a family friend.)
  4. Stallaluna by Janell Cannon, the bat who gets adopted by a bird. Who doesn't love this classic?
  5. Molly Moves Out by Susan Pearson is one of my favorite books of all time. It's what I would call 'young reader' level, and it struck the cord of my crazy independent streak, even when I was very very young.
  6. Fattypuffs and Thinfers by André Maurois was one my my father's favorite childhood books. He passed that love on to me. It's a middle-grade chapter book from the early 1940s and always reminded me a little of the Phantom Tollbooth, no idea why.

I can't let this blog post go without honorable mention to the Brambly Hedge books. I still adore these books. The three mains ones are Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story, and Winter Story (that last is my favorite, the underground ice castle, I mean really!) but I learned recently there are others as well (Sea Story, the Secret Staircase, Poppy's Babies). So good. Little field mice being very British with fantastical house schematics and sweet harmless shenanigans. They are hard to get hold of new, but I bought used copies of my missing ones via Amazon and they arrived in great condition.

Meanwhile, I ordered Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod by Brian Kesinger the moment it became available and it just arrived at my office. So good. So cute!

Anyway, any old favorite children's book you still keep around? Do you recognize any of the ones I've named above? I'm curious as to the threads that tie my readers together, and to me, of course.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1882  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Dollhouse pantry from the Museum in Colmar

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
WWII Tea Kettle from the Army Museum in Paris

Your Writerly Tinctures . . . 
Amusing, Photoshopped Book Titles With One Letter Missing

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Fifth draft out to Beta number 4. Things are looking up.  
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.  
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.  
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

The Books!

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!
Boxed set of all five!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2 (book 2), Soulless Vol. 3 (book 3)
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister's Song

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