There are a lot of things I forget to do for the store, and apologies to everyone who is waiting on me to complete whatever task I am remiss on. But they usually eventually get done, and that brings us to our Baby Lit display.
This series of board books based on classic novels was featured in my visit to the Book Case in Wayzata. When was that, August? So now it's December and we've got books, plush (well, dolls, as they are not so plushy), tote bags and buttons made by Badge Bomb of Portland, Oregon.
The concept and text is by Jennifer Adams, and the distinctive artwork is from Alison Oliver. Adams does work at Gibbs Smith (the publisher) and Deseret Books in Salt Lake City while Oliver has a design company called Sugar. The books are all counting and color primers. I would suggest trying to turn a classic into an ABC book or perhaps one about opposites. Don't you think Sense and Sensibility might be a good option for the latter?
Clearly it's the Mr. Darcy stuff that hits a nerve. Boy do several of my fellow booksellers get giggly over Mr. Darcy, but not all, mind you. Jannis immediately took to the Cheshire Cat tote, and several of us poked through the buttons, looking for Dracula, Jane Eyre, Romeo and Juliet, and others.
The totes are pretty similar to The Wizard of Oz and The Very Hungry Caterpillar totes I brought in from Out of Print, and the dolls remind me of a new line at Spitfire that we haven't yet purchased.You know how these things go, feast or famine.
In other book news, we now have two of the new flavors of Chocolove--peach/pecan and pretzels, both in milk chcolate.