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Title: Betsy
Post by: Jaina on September 14, 2011, 04:42 AM
I saw this ad on our local Craigslist today and thought of you, somehow . . .

http://wilmington.craigslist.org/wan/2597557977.html
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on September 14, 2011, 07:03 AM
Now isn't this exactly why we write picture books? How sweet!

I'm going to copy the quote from Craigslist since it will probably be taken down once the book is found:

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Book: The Grumpus Under the Rug
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Date: 2011-09-13, 10:14PM EDT
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I would love to find this book, it was always my favorite as a child:
The Grumpus Under the Rug by Ellen Jackson
Condition doesn't matter!

Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Ree on September 14, 2011, 08:12 AM
That warms my heart!

Susan
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Post by: Tammi on September 14, 2011, 08:30 AM
Aw!

 :star2  Love this.  :star2
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: JennaWren on September 14, 2011, 08:44 AM
 :hearts
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Betsy on September 14, 2011, 08:48 AM
Thanks, Jaina.  I really appreciate you noticing that.

The continued popularity of this book mystifies me.  I've got a collection of letters from people asking me if I know where they can get a copy (it just went out of print).  One man wanted to give THE GRUMPUS to his fiancee as a wedding present!  I'm both touched and puzzled.   This book really struck a chord (more so than some of my other books).
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: AmyD on September 14, 2011, 09:19 AM
Awesome!

Haven't read it before, but the title alone makes me want to. I just requested it from our library, can't wait to check it out!
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: olmue on September 14, 2011, 09:22 AM
That is awesome, Betsy!
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: 217mom on September 14, 2011, 09:56 AM
Oh, WOW !
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Sheri D. on September 14, 2011, 11:02 AM
 :yay

Love it!  :)
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Vijaya on September 14, 2011, 01:04 PM
Well, I just had to go check it out on Amazon and the reviews are great! Ellen, you must really tap into that universal desire for getting away with naughtiness ...
I remember a book of naughty kids by Enid Blyton and I ate up all the stories. I love it when kids/animal characters can be truly who they are without getting a lecture about being a good child or the "moral of the story is ..."

Vijaya
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Betsy on September 14, 2011, 01:09 PM
Thanks, Vijaya.

I have another naughty child ms. that no one is interested in because the current idea is that parents and grandparents will read it to the child and they won't approve.  At least, that's what one editor said.
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Pam on September 14, 2011, 01:28 PM
Sadly, any negativity in a picture book these days gets horrendous reviews by parents.

I LOVED that Craigslist snippet! Warms my heart.  :hearts
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on September 14, 2011, 02:16 PM
 :yay

I have another naughty child ms. that no one is interested in because the current idea is that parents and grandparents will read it to the child and they won't approve.  At least, that's what one editor said.

I've heard that kids can be unforgiving of mean/naughty characters when they're human, but don't seem to have a problem if there's a mean animal character.  I wonder if the same thing goes for parents and grandparents.  It can't hurt to see if you can turn your characters into animals and test it out. 
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: wolfie712 on September 14, 2011, 02:54 PM
Awww, that Cragslist ad is SO sweet!  I love how people are touched by children's books!  :love
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: JulieM on September 14, 2011, 03:03 PM
That's worthy of framing. :  )
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: pilonsc on September 14, 2011, 04:58 PM
Reading that ad gave me tingles everywhere. Ever sweet.

 I think it's amazing the way people on this board touch people with their writing.  :)
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Tina Cho on September 16, 2011, 12:08 AM
How sweet! Were you able to connect with the person wanting a copy?
~Tina
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Jaina on September 16, 2011, 05:37 AM
It sounds like I should start Secondhand Grumpus, a specialty shop!
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Betsy on September 16, 2011, 11:39 AM
Here's a better idea, Jaina.  We can go into business together selling the paperback versions of this book--I have a whole box of them. 

http://www.amazon.com/Autumn-Equinox-Celebrating-Ellen-Jackson/dp/0761319840/ref=tmm_pap_title_popover?ie=UTF8&qid=1316198357&sr=1-16

 :dollar
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: 217mom on September 16, 2011, 11:49 AM
Oh, Ellen, I knew you were rich. I just didn't know how!

This reminded me of my days in the antique and collectable business, when dealers used language like "it is worth $X." I'd have to remind myself that a real price is not a worth, and a real price is what someone will pay.
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: Betsy on September 16, 2011, 01:19 PM
Does this mean you wouldn't pay $1500 for a paperback edition of THE AUTUMN EQUINOX???

I'm offended.
Title: Re: Betsy
Post by: 217mom on September 16, 2011, 04:11 PM
Would you take a little less? As a former textile dealer I just have to try...