Tell Me Some More
Crosby Newell Bonsall
pictures by Fritz Siebel
Harper & Row, 1961
Illustrated by the same man who did my son's early fave A Fly Went By, these pictures are not his best, but the story is really like no other I have seen. It is about a little boy who tells his friend that he knows a place where he can do all this unbelievably amazing things.
"I know a place," said Andrew, "where I can hold an elephant under my arm."
"The trunk and all?" Tim said.
"The trunk and all," said Andrew.
The little boy is of course speaking of the library, and by the end, the two are taking home not just an elephant, but a rocket ship, a steam shovel and a giraffe. It is really the cutest story ever about the tall tales kids weave as well as the magic of that unsinkable institution. Any kid who loves books will enjoy the kindred spirits in these pages. The author also wrote another funny little book about two boys fighting over whose blow-up beach toy is the best (hysterical), but that is for another day!
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