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BHE (50): Delicious Book Finds Featuring Margaret Atwood, Mo Willems, and Dave McKean Among Others


Still under stress, I decided to splurge not on food this time but on books! (Probably the smarter thing to do, eh?) I went out with a couple of friends two nights ago. We stopped by Book Off before having dinner. We only had about half an hour to browse books (too short!!!!) so I wasn’t able to “dig” through the shelves for glorious finds. I ended up with three fabulous ones though so that gave me a happy heart. Yesterday, I wanted to drive to Book Off again (their dollar racks are brimming with awesomeness) but I decided to save fuel and head over to Goodwill instead which was only a few blocks from where I live. Overall happy with my loot but as with other book hunters I want more. Can’t get enough of those darn goodies! =)


Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems. Who does NOT love a Mo Willems book on their shelf? Finally got my copy of Knuffle Bunny for a bargain! Will continue to collect Elephant & Piggie books but it’s time to move on to other Mo series. =)


The Chef’s Hat by Naomi Kojima. *Sees a Japanese writer and immediately grabs book on the shelf* Perfect for our next bimonthly theme!! (Oh, let’s be hush about it. Actually, forget I even said anything. Shhh…)

Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut by Margaret Atwood and MaryAnn Kovalski. I did a celebratory raindance for getting my first Margaret Atwood picture book! If you know of any other picture books that she wrote, please let me know. Will add to my list!


Dreadful Acts by Philip Ardagh and David Roberts. This is the second book to The Eddie Dickens Trilogy. Must. Find. First. Book. It’s so cute, though! The illustrations are reminiscent of the works by Quentin Blake and Tim Burton. For that reason alone, David Roberts wins my heart!

Edgar & Ellen: Nod’s Limbs by Charles Ogden. A lovely “goth” find! Like Dreadful Acts, the art is Tim Burton-ish. It even reminds me of Nickelodeon’s Invader Zim which I used to watch when I was younger. Not sure if this is the first book, but there are other Edgar & Ellen books. Anyone familiar with this?


Varjak Paw by SF Said and Dave McKean. The rule of thumb is: You don’t say no to Dave McKean. (Fangirling!) I’ve been wanting to grab a hardcover copy of this book but I think that edition is out of print and will no longer be reproduced (much like Clive Barker’s glossy edition of ABARAT). Sad. I bought this because it was the only copy on the shelf and it’s heaper than the price at B&N online. And it’s Dave McKean.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. When I first saw this book, the cover looked rather “grownup” to me so I decided to pass on it, and it was the same cover I kept seeing. However, when I saw this at Book Off, I knew I had to get it. Seeing this cover was refreshing, and glad I took it home with me.


The Trial by Jen Bryant. I find the cover intriguing. Also, it’s a novel-in-verse. Yay poetry!

Pay the Piper: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple. I sure love my fractured tales! I’ve enjoyed reading The Brixen Witch so seeing a YA retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin is love, love, love. And I love the cover in spite of its simplicity – or maybe because of it!

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. This book is written by the same author who wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (the film version of which I enjoyed watching). This book is a cross between The Time Traveler’s Wife, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and 50 First Dates. At least from what I’ve read. But we’ll see. *future bimonthly theme hint hint*


Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin. Like books by my favorite authors, I would grab any Sherlock Holmes related book I find, especially at a bargain price! This is the first book in the series so I am extremely pleased. Also, it’s nice to read more about Sherlock’s “little helpers.”

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Scroll of the Dead by David Stuart Davies. Same with the previous book. Plus, the cover is gorgeous.

I hope you enjoyed today’s serving!

What about you? What have you looted this week?

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

2 comments on “BHE (50): Delicious Book Finds Featuring Margaret Atwood, Mo Willems, and Dave McKean Among Others

  1. Fats, you got quite a few from your two trips! I also go to Goodwill when I can. There are good bargains there! I discovered a new bookstore (used) today & am very excited! It is a coop & run entirely by volunteers except for 1 paid manager. I joined & got credits for 10 books first, found several short non-fiction picture books, and ocean ABC, and Ron Koertge’s verse novel Shakespeare Bats Cleanup-much fun. And, I like the look of the Atwood picture book. I had no idea she wrote picture books. Thanks!


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