Saturday, November 10, 2012
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
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.
Jen Campbell's website is http://jen-campbell.blogspot.com
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell. The Overlook Press. 2012. ISBN 9781468301281 (hardcover), 144p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought the book.