Sunday, October 29, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
- Friendship books (auf deutsch, "Freundschaftbücher" - the lady who asked about these was German, and apparently they are very big in Germany). These are books that you write in and pass on. I found a website about Friendship Books, but I got the impression they were books you made yourself. Apparently you can buy books which are "ready to go" but couldn't seem to find anything on the web about it (aprt from this site).
- We have a new poetry section (something that was left over from our opening, and we get chastised about ocassionally). We're keen to provide accessibility to poetry - is there a good introduction to someone coming into modern poetry for the first time?
- One of our regular customers was looking for a good book about the tooth fairy, which contains some good guidance about the importance of dental health, etc. Both of us seemed to remember a story about a 'nasty toothfairy', ripped off a few years ago by the Listerine mouthwash commercials. Can't locate the book however...
- A 'very close family friend' (OK, its my Mum) is running a Christmas fun night, and wanted to know if there is a good book with Christmas stories, anecdotes, sayings, etc. To be honest, I wouldn't even know where to begin to look, there are so many books of that ilk...
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Butterflies were a popular choice - we asked everyone to sign their masterpieces:
Eli and her Mum - with crayon poised...
Possibly the best-coloured flowered...someone seems to think so anyway...
Mind you, I think next time we'll get the kids to make the mobile, whilst I colour in the pictures. Having bought a collection of lolly sticks, skewers, thread, etc. I wished we'd got a bit of advice before I started to try to make it.
It turned out that The Foulsham Family (that's Andy, Sally Ruth and Ben) were mobile-meisters, and told us we should have used green gardening sticks. Too late - but after a bit of wrestling, sticking, knotting (and mostly thanks to Karen on Monday, because I gave up Saturday evening!) here's the finished article:
(That Roald Dahl dumpbin is going ASAP - not one of our better decisions. Still, we're learning from our mistakes...)
Thanks to everyone who came, we hope you had as much fun as we did...
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
- Mr B's opened on July 1st (admittedly with a big celebrity author, as opposed to me almost barfing in the entrance)
- They have made extensive use of blogging (albeit theirs is in the more salubrious location of the Guardian culture pages)
- Reading through the blog, their initial stock ordering experience was described as death by spreadsheet (check)
- They have a cupboard behind the counter teetering with publishing catalogues