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If you've never read Serendipity Books you're clearly either not from the same generation I am, or were hiding when the twee was passed out. I loved these little things as a child.

No, I'm not going anywhere bad with this. I still love them, and they're reprinting them. Yay!

I spent most of today at the International Reading Association conference, walking the floor, seeing what all the latest and greatest in the world of educational publishing was. Much fun! Many catalogs stolen. Played Booth Boy (it's like Booth Babe, but these are english teachers, so they're either female or gay). Had a good old time, found some prezzies for people.

Anyway, I'm tooling around, and I hear someone say "Serendipity." I notice that there's a certain similarity of style in this new series--it's about talking bugs--and so I ask. I didn't recognize the name, but I'd JUST MISSED Stephen Cosgrove, the author of Serendipity.

The counternit said I could find his books "somewhere in the show over there". The show is VAST, at least a few hundred booths in no particular arrangement. I went "over there," found nothing. Eventually, I found the booth again, and sought clarity. Putnam Press sold Serendipity. Okay...*scuttle scuttle* "Yes, Stephen Cosgrove was just here, but we sold out of his books!" *scuttle, scuttle* "Did you find putnam? Oh? Gosh, you just missed Stephen."

Argh! So close :) It's good to know he's still working, though, and his website is really cute in places.


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May. 3rd, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
Whoa. That's twice today that someone has mentioned an obscure old favorite book of mine on my flist today.
May. 3rd, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hehhe, cool! I once had Leo the Lop if I remember correctly. It is neat to hear he's still doing stuff!
I had a childhood book experience on the way back from work when I first moved to the bay area. I passed the warehouse/HQ(?) for Scholastic, the folks that did the book fairs I always looked forward to in gradeschool. http://www.scholastic.com/
I got excited because when I was a kid I always wondered where the Scholastic people were since it took SO long for the books to arrive. Now I know.

It is also nice to see that no one has bastardized the serendipity books like they did the "Little Golden" ones.
Like the one about Zogg Altho I must admit the Little Golden ones -beg- to be made fun of sometimes.
May. 3rd, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
To exemplify my deepdeep love for Serendipity...
When planning my new tattoo, I set my heart on a little baby Serendipity. I'm having it drawn up next month, and will probably get the outline done after conference.
May. 4th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: To exemplify my deepdeep love for Serendipity...
That will be terminally cute! I look forward to seeing that one!
May. 4th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
You motivated me. :-)
May. 4th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)
Aww...those big, soulful eyes...so terrifying...
May. 4th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
Hyena said, "Say, diety, what are you going to do with all that leftover twee?"
May. 4th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
And Diety responded "I'm saving it for someone else. You don't get any twee, you butter things."
May. 4th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
Where was this International meeting of minds held at?
May. 4th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
Here's more information--it's a week-long trade show and conference, this year in San Antonio.
May. 4th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)

Am I in your generation? I remember adoring those books...

Just another example of how I'm really an old fogey at heart. ;p
May. 4th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
I guess some things cross generational lines :)
May. 4th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
Hush, you. I'm trying to justify looking 10 years older than I am.
Oct. 11th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
Serendipity and others
Sorry I missed you at the IRA... I was there, everywhere it seemed, and I now live in San Antonio.

I am working on a variety of projects, including developing children's programming for the new cable start-up Water Channel. http://www.kidsclublue.com

Fascinating reading about how people percieve the Serendipity Books. They are a bit didatic, but are so by design. A 5 to 8 year-old needs broad strokes to see the simple picture.

Stephen http://www.stephencosgrove.com
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