Monday, August 25, 2008

Gone Fishin'!

We will be closed for Labor Day weekend, from August 29th through September 1st.

See you next month!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hairy Maclary and Slinki Malinki!

We have some new friends at Alphabet Soup! The famous-in-New-Zealand dog and cat pals have arrived in Wallingford. Meet the whole gang: Hercules Morse, Bottomley Potts, Muffin McLay, Bitzer Maloney, Schnitzel von Krumm, Stickybeak Sid, and Zachary Quack. Join in the fun as this not-so-motley crew have adventures at the vet, in a pet show, and around the fields and yards closer to home.

With illustrations described as “amiably animated and suitably silly” and a rhyming story using “wonderfully waggish words” they’ll be friends you’re glad to have!
Titles in the series:

Collect them all!

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
Hairy Maclary’s Bone
Hairy Maclary Scattercat
Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet
Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack
Slinky Malinki
Slinky Malinki Catflaps
Slinky Malinki, Open the Door

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Clyde, Cyrus, Kermit & a Troll

Bill Peet created whimsical fantasies featuring a bevy of lifelike and lovable creatures, consistently combining excellent storytelling with enduring illustrations, becoming one of the most popular picture book creators of our time. Born in Grandview, Indiana, Bill Peet nurtured his childhood drawing talent and was awarded a scholarship to the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, where he studied painting and design. After a brief apprenticeship period, he went to work for Walt Disney as a sketch artist, eventually becoming a screenwriter and helping to produce such beloved films as “Fantasia,” “101 Dalmatians” and “Peter Pan.” In 1959 Bill published his first book, “Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure,” going on to write and illustrate more than 30 successful books for children.

We have many of these titles in stock, and can special order any title:

Ant and the Elephant, The
Big Bad Bruce
Buford the Little Bighorn
Caboose who Got Loose, The
Chester the Worldly Pig
Cock-a-doodle Dudley
Cowardly Clyde
Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent
Encore for Eleanor
Farewell to Shady Glen
Fly, Homer, Fly
Gnats of Knotty Pine, The
How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head
Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure
Huge Harold
Jennifer and Josephine
Jethro and Joel Were a Troll
Kermit the Hermit
Kweeks of Kookatumdee, The
Luckiest One of All, The
Merle the High Flying Squirrel
No Such Things
Pamela Camel
Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg, The
Randy’s Dandy Lions
Spooky Trail of Prewitt Peacock, The
Wump World
Zella, Zack and Zodiac

We also have second-hand copies of Bill Peet’s autobiography.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Rhea!

Rhea’s favorite children story is one her mother read to her very often. "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch is one that will always make her smile and remember exactly how her mom would read it to her at night before bed. Now working at a wonderful children’s book store she is reminded of the many children’s books she used to enjoy. She also loves when kids come in and are excited to read and learn from books. Working at Alphabet Soup has made her become excited about reading for fun again. Rhea is currently a sophomore at Washington State University majoring in Early Education.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Meet our Staff -- Abbey!

Abbey’s favorite children’s book is Old Hat, New Hat, by the Berensteins. To this day, she loves to recite the line “Too beady, too bumpy, too leafy, too lumpy, too twisty, too twirly, too wrinkly, too curly” whenever it is appropriate (and equally as often when it is not appropriate). The rhyming is great, but more importantly, the message is something that resonates for years. The story recognizes that when something is “just right,” it can be as fulfilling and wonderful as any new and shiny thing. Truer words were never spoken, whether about relationships or material things. She has also developed a love of children’s books from the Green Tiger Press, as the colors and pictures always make for such amazing renditions of classic stories. When not at Alphabet Soup, Abbey enjoys spending time with her two cats, Elliot and Evan. She sings them a “good morning” song every day.