Waiting in the checkout line at Trader Joe's, I like to look over the chocolate selection displayed for last-minute impulse-buys. I can (usually) resist. However, I have more difficulty resisting the the used books for sale on the rack near the exit of our local library. Yesterday I succumbed to temptation. I bought not one, but two, books.
The first book is The 7 Ravens, a story from the Brothers Grimm illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. Can you blame me for falling to the temptation of a book illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger?
The second book is called The Hidden House (by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Angela Barrett.)
It's about an old man who lives alone and carves 3 dolls for companionship. One day, the man leaves and does not come back. The dolls are left in the decaying house until a family arrives with a little girl. The family rebuilds the house, the child repaints the dolls and everyone is happy once again. It's a simple story but the illustrations are gorgeous (it reminds me of another favorite book, Goldie the Dollmaker by M.B. Goffstein...)
Now, with my bookshelves already overflowing, where will I put these new treasures?