Melissa and Doug Sale

December 31, 2010

All Melissa and Doug products are 20% off right now. We have puzzles, dress-up dolls, and crafts in stock.

Open New Year’s Eve, Closed New Year’s Day

December 31, 2010

We will be open New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2010, 10-6 pm and closed New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2011. Sunday, Jan 2, 2011, we will be open 12-4.

Bargain Books

December 13, 2010

Recently we received a nice shipment of bargain books. Bargain books are just publisher overstock. New books at closeout prices. One of my favorite books is in this shipment.  The Bird Artist by Howard Norman. Here is the opening paragraph.

“My name is Fabian Vas. I live in Witless Bay, Newfoundland. You would not have heard of me. Obscurity is not necessarily failure, though; I am a bird artist, and have more or less made a living at it. Yet I murdered the lighthouse keeper, Botho August, and that is an equal part of how I think of myself.”

This is just one of the great bargains in the store right now.


Yes, we’re open!

December 11, 2010

if I don’t answer the phone, I’m probably shoveling the sidewalk.



Autobiography of Mark Twain

December 11, 2010


It’s been hard to find, but we’ve got copies. Get one before they are gone. Call, email or brave the blizzard.

Winter Walk Specials

December 9, 2010

Winter Walk is tonight. Used books and Bargain books are 20% off.

We’ll have cookies and cider as well.

Mary Evanson Bleckwehl will sign copies of Henry! You’re Late Again! during Winter Walk. Winter Walk will take place Thursday, December 9, 2010, 5-9 pm.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

December 9, 2010

I’m reading Laura Hillenbrand’s latest book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Unbroken is the fascinating story of Louis Zamperini. History fans will love this book. Here is a brief description of the book from the publisher’s website.

about this book
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
I’m reading Laura Hillenbrand’s latest book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Bink & Gollie

December 8, 2010

one of my favorite books this year.

Mary Evanson Bleckwehl Winter Walk Book Signing

December 7, 2010

Mary Evanson Bleckwehl will sign copies of Henry! You’re Late Again! during Winter Walk. Winter Walk will take place Thursday, December 9, 2010, 5-9 pm.

Late for school, late for school, what’s a first grader to do? Do you have a BIG BAD WOLF waiting in your school office every time you’re late for school? Henry does! Her name is Miss Timberlane. She is the school secretary and she’s causing him a LOT of anxiety. What’s Henry to do? Is it his fault that his family oversleeps and just can’t get it together in the morning? Henry’s dreaded encounters with the school secretary feed his imagination about just what kind of a person she is until one day, he arrives really late—AGAIN—and she’s not scowling, growling, or shouting “HENRY! You’re late AGAIN” at him. In fact, she’s smiling! What’s up with that? The book will leave everyone with a positive feeling about life’s little problems and teach us all to look for the silver lining in every cloud.




About the Author


As a child growing up on a dairy farm in northeast Iowa, Mary Evanson Bleckwehl loved school and had nightmares about not getting up in time to make the bus. She did make it to school every day and has now created Henry, an imaginative first grader who is in a predicament every morning as his family just can’t seem to get him to school on time. Using years of teaching experience and stories from school children she taught, Mary has created a touching tale that will resonate with every child from three to ninety-three, one that reminds our inner soul that there are things that are out of our control. Mary is a wife, mother, and former elementary school teacher who still finds her way into the classroom every week as a volunteer and substitute teacher. She lives in Northfield, Minnesota.


About the Illustrator


Brian Barber is an illustrator, designer, and animator living in Duluth, Minnesota. His artwork has been used in magazines, newspapers, books, and advertising. This is his third book for kids. When he’s not drawing, he has two kids of his own that he tries to get off to school on time.


Toys From Melissa and Doug

December 4, 2010

Toys are at the Monkey. We’ve got a healthy selection of puzzles, crafts, and toys from Melissa and Doug.

From puzzles to puppets, plush to play food, magnetic activities, music and more, Melissa & Doug® is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children’s products. Started in 1988 in their garage, Melissa & Doug® has something for everyone, with nearly 1000 unique and exciting products for children of all ages!

This is a sample of what we have in stock.


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