Series: Weird Things
Genre: Non-fiction; Humour
Size: 121 pages
Availability: Hardback, Ebook
Received free copy from Constable in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops was a Sunday Times bestseller, and could be found displayed on bookshop counters up and down the country. The response to the book from booksellers all over the world has been one of heartfelt agreement: it would appear that customers are saying bizarre things all over the place – from asking for books with photographs of Jesus in them, to hunting for the best horse owner’s manual that has a detailed chapter on unicorns.
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops has yet more tales from the antiquarian bookshop where Jen Campbell works, and includes a selection of ‘Weird Things…’ sent in from other booksellers across the world. The book is illustrated by the BAFTA winning Brothers McLeod.
I haven’t read or even browsed Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops yet but that doesn’t mean More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops becomes unreadable as they are after all just books of odd things people say in bookshops, so it is a sequel in very loose terms. This also means that I can’t compare the two, but I can tell you that this is a small book well worth the purchase as you’ll read it in one sitting if you’re anything like me, and find yourself quoting your favourite bits to the nearest breathing creature even if that does happen to be your cat. My particular favourites are the ones kids come out with. Such as:
Young Boy: You should put a basement in your bookshop.
Bookseller: You think so?
Young Boy: Yeah. And then you could keep a dragon in it, and he could look after the books for you when you’re not here.
Bookseller: That’s pretty cool idea. Dragons breathe fire, though. Do you think he might accidentally burn the books?
Young Boy: He might, but you could get one who’d passed a test in bookshop-guarding. Then, you’d be OK
Bookseller: You know, I think you’re on to something here.
I think we all agree that a dragon who had passed a test in bookshop-guarding could only be a good thing. Would he be any good at home bookshelf guarding though, do you think?
This is just one of those books you need on your shelves to dip in and out of as and when you fancy a giggle. And the drawings by The Brothers McLeod are simply wonderful. I’ll be getting my hands on a copy of the first one when I can!