I advise readers not to go back, and be content with their memories. I started re-reading some of it about 20 years later and found it incredibly stilted and dare I say it badly written. Sorry; my above post 10 misled. The diary of reading Tollbooth with Sylvia is here. And Thomas, thanks form mentioning Watership Down — I have not thought about that in a long, long time but I can definitely see it being a good reread.
Each time as funny, surprising, fascinating even. Stephen Kriz Radek — You can certainly take issue with Hungarian high schools assigning such readings as part of the basic lit curriculum. But that is the kind of work we read and were tested on and yes, some of it I did manage to appreciate even at that age. Ellenberg Lizard Music , by Daniel Pinkwater; this book introduced to me, at age 10 or so, the idea that the world was much weirder than it superficially appeared to be, and that you never knew where and how that weirdness, if you were lucky, might extrude.
I would have to say it formed my sensibility as a writer. And it remains a great read now. An unknown masterpiece. Joel Hanes If you read bedtime stories to your children, you will revisit all the favorites from your childhood. Roy Hinkley I wish I could have back the time I gave to Piers Anthony. I wasonly 14 when I realized how crappy and formulaic his books are. I should have been reading Bradbury. PZ Myers I was probably too young to read it, but the historical stuff about whaling was way cool. The one book I really remember totally defeating me as a child is the Algol 68 report.
Billings The Snarkout Boys and the Avacado of Death is one of my very favorite books from childhood and it holds up well. The opening school section of Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars is also great and both have been reprinted as part of Five Novels. Gary Farber Omni had a silly premise, but fed an admirable amount of money into the sf community, and, besides, they had ultra cool parties that actually invited us geeks to mix with, like, the Pets and cool kids, amidst the floating carbon dioxide, drinks, drugs, and whatnot.
Who knows where Ellen Datlow would be today otherwise?
Only the psychic in the next article could tell. Geez, hearing that would have pissed Roger off. But that was then and this is now and Forry has won. Like your example, Nils Goose-Boy makes Sweden a magical place. As a kid approx. Lack of irony is okay. And they like Blinky Bill much better, for now. The never-ending magic pudding, on the other hand, is a metaphor for endless exploitation of the land. I still like MP better as lit, but not at bedtime. Speaking of Zelazny, Lord of Light continues to be absolutely stellar as I age.
My first reading was at a shitty Boy Scout camp where all the horrid little proto-jocks mocked me for even having brought a book. My last reading was 20 years later: last week. Er, I mean to say, translation published in So the original, presumably some year before that. Dan Drezner Also sent here by Eszter — my answers are here. The Watchmen would have been on the list — had I been smart enough as a young adult to have discovered it. PersonFromPorlock A Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton Porter, still reads pretty well for all that it was written in I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
I have read the bloggers linking, each to each. Jeremy, thanks for giving me the sense of gratification that having my humor appreciated brings. Mr Ripley Thanks in part to the Sci-Fi channel and its offshoots, keeping the patronizing term out of the mainstream discourse has become impossible. Members and scholars of the written science fiction culture, however, are still going to use the term SF.
Home Comments policy Subscribe. White A collection of four novels retelling the legend of King Arthur. Share this:. Neat idea. Bridge to Terabithia sp? Wrinkle in Time et al.
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Sideways stories from wayside school. My old paperback of OAFK is held together with a rubber band. One of the best sci-fi book evah, imo. Cute stuff. I hope this helps. Dyer Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, The characters are ink spots, and the illustrations are in red and black. I too remember reading that book.
The title is "the Ink Bottle Babies" and the babies were fat drops of ink. This book has ink bottle babies "We all farie babies what do you think we came out of a bottle of ink"- very cute and sweet. Sounds a lot like The Golden Compass , except that it was published in the 90's, not the 80's. Here is the synopsis: In this first part of the "Dark Materials" trilogy, Lyra's friend Roger disappears.
She and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. Their quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North where a team of scientists are conducting unspeakably horrible experiments. This book is readily available in bookstores and libraries if you want to check it out. Sorry, The Golden Compass is not correct. But thanks for the suggestion. There's at least 2 editions, with slight updating. There's also The Very Little Boy. It's about a little girl who is getting older, just in time to take care of a new baby brother. She does sit at her own little table in the book.
Can't be The Very Little Girl because that was written in third person, not first person. Could it be one of those? Margaret Storey, Timothy and the Two Witches , It sounds like this one. Lots of people seem to remember this book! See the Solved Mysteries for more info. Ray Bradbury, Jack-In-the-Box. Sounds a lot like this short story by Bradbury, which is included in his anthology The October Country.
A boy lives in an isolated castle and abides by very strict rules, until one day he discovers that all the people in his life his tutor, etc. She dies and he gets released into the outside world for the first time. I was always fascinated by this character's inability to dress himself and comb his hair. The illustrations only add to the weirdness - definately a classic!
Regarding I87, they sounded like they might be the story and are clearly very entertaining in themselves but, alas, neither are the one I seek. Wells, Love and Mr. Lewisham , , copyright. Could it be the novel Love and Mr. Lewisham by H. It's not a children's book, but the first chapter of the book describes the 18 year old Mr. Lewisham is his attic room at the school in England where he is an assistant master and his life is completely ordered by two lists he has taped to his wall: a Schema and a Time-Table. Ever since I read this book I have never forgotten the description of the schema and sometimes whenever I get very romantic about how I'm going to get all organized, I'll title whatever I write down on paper as my schema just like Mr.
Lewisham did! Stirling, S. I haven't read it, but possibly this first book in a trilogy about the island of Nantucket that gets sent back 3, years? Stirling, Island in the Sea of Time. A cosmic disturbance transports the island of Nantucket and its inhabitants ovewr three thousand years back in time to the shores of stone age America.
In addition to coping with the day-to-day problems of survival and the trouble with losing all connection with the modern world, the residents of the time-stranded island find their lives complicated by the presence of native tribes across the water. I don't think this is it Island in the Sea of Time seems to have been written in the 80s or 90s. I'm looking for a book I read in the 60s or 70s. Edith Lambert Sharp, Nkwala. Parker, Red Streak of the Iroquois.
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This is a comming of age novel of a young Iroquois boy named Red Streak because of a streak of color in his hair I think. It was set in a pre-european contact time I think, and had a lot of detail of the manhood initiation rites, and daily life of the people who lived in long houses. This is back when junior high and high school English textbooks had some substance and presented stories which dealt with adult themes, inviting thoughtful discussion.
My copy is in storage, and I can't remember the name of the story, but I remember it vividly. I think this may be the one. It dates from the '50s. Is this a picture book or a chapter book? Brewster, Patience, Nobody , Whenever something happened and mom asked who did it, 'Nobody' always got blamed. I think Nobody resembled a stick figure with curls - but I could be remembering incorrectly - so this may not be the right book.
Greenfield, Eloise, Me and Neesie , While I cannot find any references to sticks of butter, I believe this is the book. Before Neesie came, Janell didn't have anybody to play with. Neesie got Janell into trouble, too--especially when Aunt Bea arrived. Zolotow, Charlotte, Three Funny Friends , , I am positive that this is the book you are looking for. Zolotow, Charlotte, Three Funny Friends , It is the edition of this book, illustrated by Mary Chalmers.
She didn't know any children there, but she wasn't lonely because she had three funny friends. Guy-guy, Bickerina, and Mr. I'm pretty sure this is the book. I've seen a couple of versions as far as illustrations go, but the text matches your description. Alan Nourse, The Bladerunner , At least Nourse's premise is the same -- idealist fights against system in a future where medical care has been forbidden. The Nourse novel should not be confused with the movie "The Bladerunner," which was based on a Philip K. Dick novel though as I recall the film company did buy rights to Nourse's novel, just so they could use the title.
I remember it being "Deathwatch" but can't find any book by that title that fits my memory I came across this stumper whilst searching for it by keywords. The plot summaries for the suggested match, Bladerunner, do not match. I do recall that it was in the juvenile fiction section of my library, that it was already old when I read it probably in the early s, and that the illegal doctors borrowed names from mythology, such as a varient on Asclepius, Greek god of medicine.
I also recall the dark, sealed water-filled room scene - but I think that is actually a scene from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. I have a Little Golden Book version. The picture for the letter "I" is of an Indian sitting on an iceberg eating ice cream. The cover of the book features a dancing alligator, bear and clown. Originally, inside the back cover there was a jig saw puzzle of a zoo. That's not it, but thanks. It's definitely like the picture I described. I don't have a copy of the book, but Indian children from different native American tribes use different items for every letter of the alphabet.
I found it! Thanks for everyone who took the time to look. I looked up Molly Weir's books and it is not what I am looking for. I read this book, too, and now I need to know the name of it! I was thinking it was a Phyllis A. Whitney book, but I couldn't find one that fit the description. I seem to remember it having the word "sea" in the title.
I believe it was a sea town they lived in. A long shot, but Graham's picture book is done in colorful, cartoon style and the mother has tattoos and piercings. The book is about a family Kate and her parents adopting a puppy and a large older dog. There's a mysterious family connection- perhaps their father is out of the past? There's a sequel- " The Lost Legend of Finn ". Possibly The Wizard Children of Finn? A brother and sister go back to the time of the legendary Irish hero Finn MacCool, and discover he was an ancestor of theirs. Nancy Bond, The String in the Harp. There were a couple sequels though, so it could be one of those.
Sequel to "The Wizard Children of Finn. Ottenheimer Publishers, Inc. This might be the book. It is on the found pages my original post :. But it has a lot of other common fairy tales from Grimm and Anderson, etc. Glenn Balch, Spotted Horse. I read this book over and over again when I was young although I don't recall the Native American putting the stallion's skin on the mare , checking it out many times from the school library. I loved every single Glenn Balch book I could get my hands on- oh, the thrill of discovering new Glenn Balch books at the library! Simply terrific writing.
Many happy hours spent reading them, many happy memories. Glenn Balch, Horse of two Colors. But after deciding to do a Google search on Balch as a trip down memory lane, I have found out my own memory was not as good as I thought it was. Apologies to the poster! Field, Eugene, Winkin Blinkin and Nod. I always loved it too. I'm unable to find my copy, perhaps someone else can check this.
I seem to remember it was on the endpapers. A deep blue sky-sea with a big golden fish, night clothes, a sail, perhaps. It's one of the illustrations I would love to have in the original. The illustration is a wooden shoe afloat in a skylike sea, with three children in nightdress, and a big golden fish. I Iris and Rose is this the title? This is a longshot, but could it be one of the books by John Rowe Townsend? He had stories about British children in a run-down, gritty urban setting. In one of the books, the kids got together and cleaned up the neighborhood where they lived.
I don't remember them having a bed and breakfast, but I also read them a long time ago, and people remember different details. I Insect families tucking their kids into bed Perhaps a cricket family, grasshopper family, and another one. They all lived in the same little building perhaps a mushroom?
Very cute illustrations, smallish sized book, maybe purples and greens. I was reading it in the early 80s as a child; it didn't seem much older than that. Thanks for your help! Infant marooned on island grows up alone people come to find him and he hides from them to stay on island. Don't recall the title, but the plot sounds familar. Once he settles down on the island, the boy befriends the local animals, learns to enjoy his peaceful life. He fools people searching for him by dressing up in the various costumes, the story ends with him and his animals happy on his island.
A bored little rich boy is shipwrecked on a faraway island where he is happier than he has ever been before. From the Horn Book Also washed ashore are interesting bits of flotsam and jetsam, which keep him occupied and provide him with disguises to fool possible rescuers, as he is determined not to leave until he is good and ready" Possibly Rosalie K.
First American ed. Kid sleuths in London solve mysteries. Reader sees full page illustrations and looks for clues. For one, sleuths must find a secret entrance and careful reader can see a manhole cover was slightly raised and eyes were peering out from under it. Could you be looking for The Black Hand Gang? They're translated from the German, so I don't think they took place in London, but I think the police are drawn to look like bobbies, so someone might remember it that way. I think there were several titles, most included the word "adventure".
I'll try again since my previous answer didn't appear after the last two updates. Helen Mindlin, Dangerous Island. This Weekly Reader Book Club selection is the one you're looking for. It has illustrations throughout, and a map at the beginning. Frank, his sister Dorothy, and their new-found friend Pug build a raft, and then get swept out to sea. They discover the island that sinks and then reappears, and yes, there are gold bars hidden there. This one was a Weekly Reader Book Club selection in the late 50's or early 60's, and still gets asked about fairly frequently!
I Immigrant House. There was a young prince who did not like to study and preferred to spend his days wandering around the forest. As a result of these bad habits, he never learned how to read. One day while walking in the forest, he meets a beautiful girl named Ola. He quickly falls in love with her and meets her every day in the forest.
She tells him that if they are going to spend time together, she will teach him how to read. She begins to teach him the alphabet. The prince sees the witch running off with Ola, and pursues them. The witch tries to thwart the prince by throwing obstacles in his way.
She creates a river or a sea of melted butter, but the prince courageously crosses it. I think but am not certain that the second obstacle is a giant mountain of whipped cream or ice cream. In any event, the witch uses her magical powers to create a number of these colorful obstacles, but the prince overcomes each one.
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In one room will be Ola. In the second room will be a ferocious tiger or lion. All the prince has to do is pick the door leading to Ola and the witch will let them both go and never bother them again. The witch sweetens the offer by promising to put a sign on the door to each room indicating what lies behind it. The prince agrees, but then has to figure out how to select the right door, even though he only knows a few letters in the alphabet. If anyone can identify this story and its author, I would be very, very grateful. Hoover, published Dutton , pages. It's a novel about Medea and Jason.
J12 jason and medea: there's Strangers Dark and Gold , by Norma Johnston , published Atheneum , but it looks like more the complete Argonaut story "Jason, Medea, the Argonauts, the quest for the golden fleece, and the final tragedy that rose from the unequal love between Jason and Medea. Ages up. For instance, did it include or hint at Medea's murder of her young brother while escaping with Jason throwing his body into the sea to delay her father's ships pursuing them or at Medea's later murder of her own children by Jason? J One of my all-time favorites.
Edmonds , s, originally known as "Ooka the Wise". BTW, the proper pronunciation is "oh-oh-ka"! There are 17 stories about the cases undertaken by the clever but unconventional early 18th-century Japanese judge. And when Ooka commands, let the thief and the cheat beware! The judge is named Ooka and always makes wise and fair judgements. This version is not a complete collection; I saw a large hardback at a bookstore which contained more stories. Edmonds and Ooka the Wise is listed as the original title. This sounds like I. I have the Scholastic edition and it does have a picture of a green statue in front, of a lion-dog, if I remember rightly.
Each book has at least a dozen stories in it. The afterwords make it clear that many stories the Japanese attribute to Ooka are actually fictional Japanese folk tales - or sometimes not even Japanese, as in the Aesop-derived tale of the Stronger Stick! It's a sequel to Ready or Not , and the main character is Julie Connor.
Far less successful than her sister at homemaking and mothering, Julie has to struggle with problems that never bothered Morgan. Craig, Margaret Maze, Julie , 's. Same as J73 which I answered. I own the book and read it recently. This isn't much help, but there are several stories from the Apocryphal Gospels the writings removed from the official King James Bible about the childhood of Jesus.
Two or three deal with him playing in the clay by the river, either making dams or figures of birds etc. I have not heard of any being made into modern children's books. There are two possibilities. The first is the Infancy Gospels. Jesus is portrayed as innocently using his miraculous powers in play, also doing a lot of damage when he has a tantrum.
He's a bit of a brat. In medieval days, a child angel named Lucifer, after his Uncle Satan comes to earth and plays with human boys. He makes birds, animals and people out of clay and brings them to life. When his clay people make too much noise he squashes them. A girl asks him to make her father happy and he makes him a lunatic, because only crazy people are really happy. I had some further memories surface about the stumper I had sent to you a few weeks ago. It is a thin, children's picture story book.
I believe that the doll in the story Jenny first encounters the mailman and gets a lift with him in his mail sack. She then wanders along and I think then meets up with forest creatures. She finds herself in a bit of trouble in a bush of thistles and ends up getting a few cuts and bruises. I also remember that Jenny meets a badger, who I think is not very kind to her. I know that she gets home again safely - maybe by one of her friends from the forest or maybe on the back of a dog? I can't quite remember. I don't know if that is any more helpful - but the stumper has been on my mind since I sent it.
Thanks again. A quick search at Bookfinder. The most likely one is by Jean Gilder. The other author is Ursula Ridley. J24 jenny's adventure: more on the suggested book - Jenny's Adventure , written and illustrated by Jean Gilder , published Medici Society Illustrated beautifully by author with full page color illustrations on every second page as well as small black and white illustrations on the pages with writing. It concerns a girl in a middle-class family in Northumberland, England.
With the help of her father and some old miners she opens up an old drift mine in a field near her home. The last few chapters concern her adventures with a boy on the run who chooses the mine to hide out in. Theodore Taylor, The Cay. This does not fit the "jungle" setting, but it is a survival story of a young British boy and an older black man.
The boy eventually makes it home. I certainly know the story - I thought it was a short story not a book. The boy no name I can remember is taken by a old family retainer into the jungle India? They make a bow - which the boy uses to shoot the monkey. The rest is as posted. Sherman D. Jeffrey, a year- old fatherless boy, loves listening to the stories told by his mother's gardener, Old Mali.
Lionel Blue. This sounds like Tommy's trip to the moon with original illustrations by Elisabeth Halfdaner and english text by john cotton.
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Printed by helsingborgs litografisks ab, sweden. Really rare book with beautiful illustrations. But I've just skimmed it and find no downpour, no Dutch oven, no canning scenes, and no Jody. Mimi who is described as a tomboy lives with her parents also. And the book contains only three stories in all, not four.
So I'm sending this message to indicate this is not the book sought, and perhaps save someone's else time. Agnes Miller, Mystery stories for girls , A possibility for J The title, date, and the four stories all seem about right.
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There is a chapter in that book where the oldest sister, Mona, goes on a canning spree while their housekeeper Cuffy is away. She gets into some trouble but their neighbour Mr. Titus shows up to help, and they end up making all kinds of jams and relishes in time for Cuffy's return.
A couple of comments have been made about my stumper but I don't think any of them are what I am looking for. I would like to find out what the stories are about in the Agnes Miller Book again I don't think it is the one. How do i do that? Thank you. The moon; Jack and Jill and other legends. Altsheler, Joseph A. Could it be Henry rather than John? I found this on the solved pages -- "The protagonist is Henry Ware, who was captured and brought up by Indians but returned to an English settlement to warn of an impending Shawnee attack and later became a renowned scout and fighter. I read a bunch of these when I was young I think there were a total of eight in this series.
I remember in particular a passage from one of the books describing how, just after being captured 9or recaptured by Indians, Henry was forced to run single-file with members of the tribe with his hands tied behind his back. At the conclusion of a several-hours run, Henry and the Indian chief were the only ones who had never broken a sweat. I bet this is one of the books in the series. I think there wree a total of eight. The protagonist's name was Henry Ware, not John Ware, but this otherwise fits. See Solved Mysteries. Margaret Maze Craig, Julie , J73 might be Julie by Margaret Maze Craig.
Just confirming that this is definitely the right title since I own a copy. The college is Briarton and her roommate is Fran. If you like that one, try Marsha by the same author. It's equally wonderful! Julie is pretty expensive unless you get lucky, so I recommend talking to your library about an interlibrary loan. Afraid I don't have a solution for you, just a suggestion. If all else fails, and you're SURE the book was set at Bryn Mawr, try e-mailing the college and asking nicely if they can help. There's a chance the school may have a list of fictional works set at the college.
It's sort of thing a PR, admissions, alumni, or student life office, or maybe even the library, might keep for fun - especially at a tradition-conscious place like Bryn Mawr. Can't hurt! Could possibly be this or the sequel Johnny May Grows Up? Robbie Branscum, Johnny May , This is alost certainly Johnny May. There are two other books by the same author, The Adventures of Johnny May and Johnny May Grows Up , which I haven't read but which appear to be sequels search reveals that they were published in I still have my copy of the original title, if you have any more questions to narrow it down.
There are probably lots of old books with this or similar title.