Some of you may remember Cornelius and his penchant for high adventure.
Recently he scoped out a few local bookstores in Fairfax and Reston, Virginia. Here are the treasures he found:
At Barnes and Noble, he first ran into this tower of Virginia Reader’s Choice titles.
He scaled this thing like a pro, quacking back at Duck at the Door, by Jackie Urbanovic, on the way up. When he finally reached the pinnacle, he found Cynthia Lord’s Rules! Can you see him all the way up there?
Here’s a close-up (paperback out September 1, 2008)!
So fitting to have this masterpiece at the very top.
He sighed, fondly remembering Grace Lin’s visit to alphabet soup.
Then, on the shelf below, a band of jogging sausages brought him to his feet.
Oh, David Lubar! He’s written lots of books. Strangely funny books. He even ate filet mignon once at Kelly Fineman’s house. (We won’t mention how poor David was coerced by a couple of gnomes into guzzling some bourbon.)
Next, Cornelius paid his respects to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.
The words, I am not worthy, kept coming to mind . . .
Around the corner, he spied 10 Lucky Things by Mary Hershey. Recently he celebrated this book’s release with some special soup.
Then he heard a ruckus over by the picture book shelf, so he went to see what those bouncing bambinos were giggling about.
Oh, Cowboy Camp by Tammi Sauer. No wonder.
Then, something tookish came over him. Wait a minute. Only hobbits get tookish.
Let’s try that again.
Then, something growly came over him, as he craved the kind of books he loved most. Did this dollar-devouring den have any?
You bet! There was this:
A book everyone’s been talking about.
And this old favorite:
And finally, this brand new novel about his best friend, Paddington.
Oh, what’s that over there?
So glad he didn’t miss Jeannine Garsee’s novel, Before, After, and Somebody in Between.
And he couldn’t leave the store without checking out the fantasy shelves.
Wonderful! Tantalize, by Cynthia Leitich Smith, was just what he was looking for!
Oh, this was so exciting! Just as he was heading out the door, two more books called out to him:
He had already read Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee, and it was good to see it. But now here was another David Lubar book, True Talents, in paperback. This guy seems to be everywhere. Note to self: bourbon may enhance writing.
Cornelius purchased copies of the books he didn’t already have. Definitely a very satisfying adventure. And then, of course, came the best part:
There’s nothing like a good book to make you hunger for more, uh, books.
What have you been reading this summer?
Come on over to Kelly’s house for dinner!
15 thoughts on “teddy bear on the prowl”
Oh, thank you for showing those photos! It made my day 🙂
The local merchants wispher….
“Here comes that lady again with her teddy bears and her camera….”
You’re very welcome, Cindy. I was so excited to see your book in all the stores I checked!
Re: The local merchants wispher….
Please give Cornelius a kiss for me and thank him for his support!
You’re welcome. Cornelius has a crush on you ;)!
How cool. I love the way Cornelius displays the books. Thanks.
The funny thing is, I was just looking at that guy last night while doing a bit of revision on my gnomes manuscript. This guy actually fits the category of “leisure gnome” because he is both reclining, and holding a pipe, which is indicative of leisure.
Leisure gnome is definitely onto something. So, what’s for dinner?
Cornelius and I thank YOU, for writing such good books :)!
Besides bourbon? (Actually, bourbon isn’t on the dinner menu. But if you turned up and wanted some, it would be.)
You never know who you’ll run into at the bookstore!
I looked very hard, but couldn’t find Peepy’s novel. Guess I will occupy myself with Colin instead.
OK, now this DEF made my day! Yay, Cornelius! Thank you!
YEEHAW! I love this!
Thanks so much for sharing the ruckus. 🙂
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