Off the Shelf: The Steadfast Tin Soldier

It isn’t often that you find an entire book dedicated to just one of Hans Christian Andersen’s lesser known tales. I found this copy of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” at this great secondhand bookstore here in San Diego, and I … Continue reading

Off the Shelf (sort of): A Winter’s Tale

No, no, no, this post isn’t about the Mark Helprin novel, the one that was made into a movie, which debuted last weekend for Valentine’s Day (and earned a very depressing 15 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes). No, no. This … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: The Anne of Green Gables Treasury

I’m so excited to share this charming find I stumbled across a few weeks ago. It’s called The Anne of Green Gables Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson, published in 1991 by Viking Press with the permission … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Long ago before MP3 downloads and CDs, there were cassette tapes. They were plastic cases that enclosed a reel of tape connected between two spools. This (very used) copy of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” came with an actual tape. Brought … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: The Wizard of Oz

Except for “Alice in Wonderland,” I’m not sure if any children’s classic has been illustrated so prolifically as “The Wizard of Oz.” I wonder how illustrators feel when they get the opportunity to create renderings for timeless classics. Do they … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: The Selfish Giant

I have a B.A. in English Literature, but I don’t pretend to be an Oscar Wilde scholar. I’ve read “Dorian Gray” and his wickedly funny plays and some of his essays, but I’m no pro. So, it’s no surprise that … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: The Stinky Cheese Man

I’m a big fan of fractured fairy tales. I mean, fairy tales are really easy targets. So many of them have plots that don’t make sense or they involve such ridiculous situations that it’s almost too easy to poke fun … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: The Jolly Christmas Postman

When I was a kid, I had a copy of “The Jolly Postman,” a children’s book that chronicles the adventures of a postman who delivers mail to fictional characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes. My brother and I loved … Continue reading