Honest to God, I thought of this thread idea last night, and only just now saw Cartooniverse’s thread. I popped in there and didn’t see a lot of overlap, so I hope I’m not treading on any toes.
Anyway, the other day I finally retrieved a book I had loaned to a friend. I have a small collection of treasured children’s books that were given to me over the years by my “book aunt.” What made them special to me, besides their intrinsic interest, was that she always inscribed them with the date and something like “Happy Birthday Scarlett, from Auntie Bookworm.” One she even had inscribed by the illustrator. That was a big deal to a little girl. I’ve loved them all for years, and now that I have a young niece who devours books as voraciously as I did, now I get to be the book auntie :D, and along with new books, I have started passing these heirlooms along to her.
Most of these books are ones I’ve never encountered outside my own experience with them. It occurred to me last night, as I was re-reading my recent re-acquisition (which seems much more charming than ever, all of a sudden), that perhaps some Dopers might also have enjoyed these rare treasures.
I’m not looking for classic, well-known favorites like those in the other thread: Little House, Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. In this thread I’d like to promote the “sleepers” and see how many of them we have in common. (I saw only one of mine listed over there.)
I’ll start with the book I already mentioned (only the first two are “book aunt” books; they just spawned the idea):
Chimney-Top Lane, by Gunnel Linde
The Doll Who Came Alive
No Flying in the House
Me and the Terrible Two
No Such Thing as a Witch
Striped Ice Cream
The Pushcart War, by Jean Merrill (Newbery winner, may be better known than I think)
The Figure in the Shadows, by John Bellairs (also may be better known)
That’s all I’ve got off the top of my head. (If you’ve read any of them, pipe up!) Now it’s your turn!