If you don’t have kids of your own you may have missed some of the wild and whacky thing publishers have been doing to grab little kids attention. With the manufacturing of these specialty books having been sent offshore, these novelty kids books have come down in price. Here are a few recent interesting items that have crossed my path. Some of these still had stickers from major retailers on them indicating they were sold for a mere $3-$8 dollars.
These all are used books in these pictures, amazingly. These novelty books tend to be destroyed by children, so expect pristine books like this to go up in value over the years as toddlers destroy the rest of them.
Popups are pretty traditional, but with laser cutting now available, they’ve gotten really, really elaborate.
From the “The Encyclopedia Prehistoric: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters” by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart.
Not only does this have a pop up, it’s a book within a book! The square on the upper right corner is actually a very small pamphlet style book attached to the main book with photo corners. You can pull it out and read it separately.
No author listed for this, which is very typical for board books. From Publishing International, Busy Bugs Jigsaw picture book.
It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but the right hand page is actually a puzzle. Each of the right hand pages in the book is a small puzzle.
Isn’t this adorable? It combines a plush critter with a book for bedtime. Unfortunately because the fur is glued to the outside, any publication data was covered with plush monster. Its cute… but I have no idea what company made it, when it was made, who wrote it, or who illustrated it. I don’t even know what the title is! Darn is it cute though…
Don’t miss Nora’s excellent post on Books that Nobody Wants