Galumph is the story of a vagrant cat with many names, and the neighbors who feed him. I recall being disappointed when someone pointed out that the cat probably lived in ethnically-diverse New York City, not in student-occupied Boston. I had hoped to find him and become one of his owners.
The Sandwich is a simple story in which two children make a very large lunch by adding ingredients "and some bread" on every page. The author, this web page reports, was delighted to discover that children liked her books. I would be, too.
|Illustration from The Face in the Pool|
You can actually purchase a newly printed copy from Lulu, but since the main charm of the book was its smell of oldiness, I am not sure you'd want to get a new copy unless you are allergic to old books.
Just So Stories by good old Rudyard Kipling, in an old softcover edition, was the one I remember as a gift from my godfather. After reading this I expressed an interest in going to India. My father, who studied eastern philosophy under the great Sahakian, related the story of a classmate who went to India, got off the plane, looked around, and got right back on again. I hear things are better these days. The audio book (where was it when I was a child?) is read by Boris Karloff. So good.
The Arabian Nights in this edition is not really a picture book though there are some line drawings, but the traditional telling of selected tales in descriptive language so clear that the words paint pictures. The Arabian Nights is a brutal collection of tales, couched in ornate language with sentences of many intricate sub-clauses of great length and complexity. There may be no better book for finding perfect sentences for diagramming exercises, or simply for introducing a child to the incomparable story-telling tradition of the Golden Age of the Middle East. Lewis hints of this tradition in The Horse and His Boy, and it is clear that he was a fan of the Nights.
Anatole, is the tale of a very accomplished French mouse. He is musical, and of course, he is an expert cheese taster. I loved the names of his children: Paul and Paulette, Claude and Claudette, Georges and Georgette. Very French names, indeed. In a series, Anatole has adventure after adventure.
Curious George Takes a Job is a step above the original. Of course his curiosity gets him into trouble (a premise I don't much care for), but what fun George has! He washes windows and dishes, paints a room into a jungle scene, and when he is in the hospital he inhales some ether! Just too funny. Also? He can use both hands and feet to do his jobs--what fun, indeed.