Lockdown seems to be going on forever – but it looks like libraries might be able to open from July 15 here in Scotland. I haven’t heard anything from my work yet but I could be back in less than three weeks!
Here are the displays I did in weeks 10 and 11 (about 2-3 weeks ago).
Princes, princesses, kings, queens and emperors (is that stretching it a bit?)
Things you can wear
Turns out I have a lot more shoe related books than I thought!
- The Clue of the Velvet Mask – Carolyn Keene
- Party Frock and Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild
- Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
- How to Walk in High Heels – Camilla Morton
- The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
- A Boot, a Hat Now Who Is That? – Nick Sharratt
- The Clue of the Tapping Heels and The Scarlet Slipper Mystery – Carolyn Keene
- Ballet Shoes for Anna – Noel Streatfeild
- The Clue in the Ancient Disguise and The Secret in the Old Lace – Carolyn Keene
- Fox’s Socks – Julia Donaldson
Buffy, Angel and Charmed are mine, the rest are from Ewan’s collection.
I have to admit I’ve never read any of my graphic novels, the only one I’ve read is an Outlander one I borrowed from the library. I just can’t understand them! I puzzle over what’s happening, what box to read next and who all the faces are supposed to represent. It makes me feel entirely illiterate. (Yet I love comic strips like The Broons and Oor Willie and can follow them fine!)
I have some other books with war-time settings but they don’t have anything that suggests war in the titles.
It’s a mystery
Absolutely loads of Blytons here!
I’m not going to name each title as we’ll be here all week. I think I’ve got the whole Five Find-Outers series there and all the Barney Mysteries, plus Five Have a Mystery to Solve and Five Go to Mystery Moor, Secret Seven Mystery and The Mystery That Never Was.
There are several of Helen Moss’ Adventure Island series, and a couple of Malcolm Saville’s Lone Pines – Mystery at Witchend and Mystery Mine.
Plus The Hidden Valley Mystery by Helen Wells, The Red Flower Mystery by Juliet Marais Louw, A Mystery for Ninepence by Phyllis Gegan and Mystery and Mayhem by various authors.
An un-inventive follow up, perhaps!
Lots more Blytons:
- Noddy Has an Adventure
- Five Fall Into Adventure
- The Adventure of the Secret Necklace
- Adventure of the Strange Ruby
- The Queer Adventure
- The Secret Seven Adventure
- The Valley of Adventure and all the others in the series
- Both of the Adventurous Four books
- Five Go Adventuring Again
- The Adventures of Mr Pink Whistle
- Adventures of the Wishing Chair
And the non Blytons are
The Gay Dolphin Adventure by Malcolm Saville and a few of the Adventure Islands by Helen Moss.
Mostly Where’s Wally books, but also one of the I SPY books by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo (I absolutely love these and the rest are still at my parents’ house), and a big maze book.
What’s the time?
These are all loosely related to time, something that seems to be difficult to track in lockdown.
- Bedtime Annual 1978
- Ten, Fifteen and Twenty Minute Tales
- Tales After Supper
- Tales at Bedtime
- Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky
- The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man – Mark Hodder
- Portal Through Time – Alice Henderson
- The Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine
- A Nurse In Time – Evelyn Prentis
Some of these are more tenuously linked to gardens than others:
- Apple Bough – Noel Streatfeild (Apple Bough is actually the name of the house, but it sounds garden-y and it probably has a garden possibly the one on the cover…)
- The Painted Garden – Noel Streatfeild
- Queen of the Daffodils – Leslie Laing (daffodils grow in gardens)
- The Tree of Seasons – Stephen Gately (so do trees, and yes that’s Stephen from Boyzone if you were wondering)
- Garden of Evil – Emma Harrison
- Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce
- The Door in the Tree – William Corlett
Plus of course my two house plants which have lasted the longest of any plants I’ve ever had. I even managed to re-pot them recently and they’ve grown massively since!
We haven’t been able to go on holidays for a while now, so maybe reading about them would be fun – or it maybe just a cruel reminder of what we are missing?
The Famous Five go on holiday in a lot of their books but I stuck to ones whose titles give a suggestion of going somewhere (and which I had with dustjackets).
- Death’s Excellent Vacation – Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner
- Five Go to Mystery Moor and Five Go Off to Camp – Enid Blyton
- Pea’s Book of Holidays – Susie Day
- Five Go Off in a Caravan – Enid Blyton
- How I Survived My Summer Vacation – Various authors
- Five Go Down to the Sea, Noddy At the Seaside and Five Go to Billycock Hill – Enid Blyton
Books about books, bookshops, libraries and book clubs
- The Bookshop Book – Jen Campbell
- A Book of Book Lists – Alex Johnson
- Censorship in Public Libraries in the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century – Anthony Hugh Thompson (hardly a snappy title, but it has a chapter on Enid Blyton)
- Literary Listography – Lisa Nola
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
- Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and More Weird Things – Jen Campbell
I also have a copy of Mr Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein but despite searching everywhere I couldn’t find it until days after I did the display (just like working in a real library, then!).
Things you might (or might not) eat
Cheese, chips, pancakes, chocolate moose (maybe even the goose), yes, disgusting sandwiches and peas? No thanks.
An approximation of the weather since we’ve been allowed to meet outside
OK so we haven’t actually had snow but there has been a lot of rain and more than once there have been blankets required for sitting outside in the middle of the day (yes, in JUNE!)
Mostly her Alfie series but also Dogger and some of her nursery collection about learning shapes and colours etc.
What is “The Hidden Valley Mystery” about?
I have no idea as I haven’t read it yet!
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Thanks for your report, Fiona.