Friday, June 18, 2010

Aimee Needs Your Help!

Here's a recent letter to The Book Chook from a reader who is going crazy trying to remember a book from her Kindergarten days. Is there anyone who can help Aimee find the title of this book? Let us know in comments, or email Aimee directly: talandtabby2 (at) yahoo (dot) com


Good Afternoon,


My name is Aimee. I'm 33 and from Tennessee. Some grade school friends and I have been trying to remember a book from kindergarten. It might have been a yellow hardback book. The main character was a very short man in a black suit or trench coat. He carried an umbrella. He might have been an inspector or private eye looking for jewels. At some point there is a wall he can't see over or climb over so he used blocks of ice to climb but they melt before he gets over. There might have been an elephant in the story. I don't know if this sounds familiar to you. I thought maybe since you do children's book reviews you might be familiar with it. I was in kindergarten in 1982 and it was an old book when I read it so this maybe fruitless but it can't hurt to ask. Thank You for your time.


Can you help?

18 comments:

  1. Hmm, doesn't ring a bell for me. Good luck in your search!

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  2. Could it be a BIG MAX book? I don't remember specific stories, but he's a detective with an umbrella.

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  3. Book Chook19 June, 2010

    Thanks Kelly!

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  4. Book Chook19 June, 2010

    Thanks Laura! Sounds promising. They seem to have been originally published around 1978.

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  5. Kelly Be A Fun Mum19 June, 2010

    Hmmmm, not sure... but it did remind me of Hunter, the man with the bike, mouse and hat.

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  6. Book Chook20 June, 2010

    Hi Kelly! I had never heard of Hunter, but googled and found it as an Australian TV series - Hunter, plus Computer Cat and Albert, the mouse.

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  7. Terry Doherty20 June, 2010

    what a great idea for a column ... I had one of those kinds of questions last week.

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  8. Book Chook20 June, 2010

    A BookLights feature do you mean? Great idea!

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  9. Hi there - just dropped by to tell you I've passed on a Pertinent Posts Award to you. Not entirely sure what this award means, but I figure if any blog is pertinent to the work I do, it's yours!

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  10. Book Chook21 June, 2010

    Eva, I've just about given up on perky, but pertinent is an accolade I sincerely thank you for!

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  11. Kelly Be A Fun Mum22 June, 2010

    Ah, yes. I couldn't really remember it well, just the image imprinted in my mind. I have to google it now ;)

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  12. Kelly Be A Fun Mum22 June, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDJxKky6iA8

    lol... love it

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  13. Book Chook22 June, 2010

    It certainly has some fans still, judging by comments!

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  14. I've no idea personally, but there is a group on Goodreads called "What's The Name of That Book?" where you can post this very question. There are over 1,600 members so perhaps this description will sound familiar to one of them! Be sure to mention which country it is from:

    http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/185.What_s_The_Name_of_That_Book_

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  15. Book Chook23 June, 2010

    Thanks Molly! I know I bookmarked it sometime, but I'd forgotten where. I hope Aimee is reading so she can follow up.

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  16. jenny mcgurk24 June, 2010

    It's from Big Max.. the Amazon site has a different cover, but the one the reader is describing had a golden yellow cover. The mystery was that an elephant (?) had escaped from the zoo and Big Max solved the mystery of how she was escaping each night. I know this because I read that story to my younger brother about 100 times!! ;)

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  17. Book Chook24 June, 2010

    Jenny, I would say 100 re-readings makes you an expert! Thanks so much for the help.

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  18. Book Chook25 June, 2010

    Aimee is delighted to have an answer and thanks everyone for their help - we are her heroes!

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