Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
Librarians do tell stories about the unusual questions we get from our patrons. "No, I want a photograph of a dinosaur, not a drawing. Why don't you have a photograph of a dinosaur?" "Do you have a copy of How to Kill a Mockingbird?" I wish I could remember the wrong title of the John Grisham book that had all of us stumped one time, but it's been too long. Booksellers get those same questions. And, the illustration on the cover of Jen Campbell's book, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores, could even be a reference desk. Librarians and booksellers won't be the only readers to enjoy this book, though. It's filled with funny questions, comments and conversations.
Mystery fans, this one is for you. "Customer: If I had a bookstore, I'd make the mystery section really hard to find." "Customer: Hi, my kid needs The Count of Monte Crisco for Honors English." And, every librarian has met the person who asks for books by the color. In this case the customer asked if the bookstore arranged books by color because they were looking for a blue book. A bookseller in Toronto had no answer to this man. "Looking at a giant map on the wall of the store): When did they move New Zealand way down by Australia? Wasn't it in Europe before?'
The book contains more than funny questions. Librarians, booksellers, in fact, anyone who works in retail might recognize some of the behavior of the customers. There's the parent who wants to leave their child at the bookstore for story time for a couple hours while they shop and get their nails done. The child care center down the road is too expensive. Ah, and then there are the customers who think all we do all day is read because we're surrounded by books. No, we don't want your child to climb our shelves.
Jen Campbell has captured the humor in the day-to-day dealings of booksellers and customers. And Greg McLeod's illustrations for this book are funny and pitch perfect. If you're a reader, I'm willing to bet you'll know someone who will appreciate the humor in Campbell's collection. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is filled with
conversations that will surprise and amuse anyone who spends a little
time in bookstores, or a lot of time reading.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
It's an honor to be asked to review books, and I'm grateful to all the publishers, publicists, and authors who send me books. Thank you. Reviews will appear on my blog if I've had a chance to read, and finish, the book. If I do not finish a book, I won't review it, and I will not respond to emails asking when, or if, I'll be reviewing a book.
My reviews are only my opinion, and do not reflect the views of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.
I will not review self-published books, and, at the present time, do not accept books in e-book format.
1, 2, 3 ... By the Sea: A Counting Book
Book: 1, 2, 3 ... By the Sea: A Counting Book Author: Dianne Moritz Illustrator: Hazel Mitchell Pages: 36 Age Range: 3-6 1, 2, 3 ... By the Sea is a nice lit...
My Oct. 19, 2009 blog provides full disclosure that I only receive review copies of books, with no other compensation. All review copies are marked as such. If there any any questions, please feel free to contact me.