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Based in New York City, Monk's Trunk sells high quality, gently used children's clothing (sizes 0 to 8), as well as books and toys. Got things you want to sell? We pay in cash, up to 40% for clothing and up to 60% for toys/gear after an item sells. Or, for those who don't want to wait, we pay 25% for items we buy outright. Details here.


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Bargain books


Book of the day: DC Super Heroes Storybook Collection

While books featuring licensed characters generally aren't my cup of tea, this DC super heroes collection is a household favorite, the rare super hero book fit for 4-year-olds. In six stories with simple plots, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman work individually and together to fight a grusome cast of bad guys. There is more text than you'll find in many picture books but enough images and bad-guy-action to keep the wee ones interested.

(If you like this sort of thing, you may also check out the similar Spider-Man Storybook Collection, though we don't have that one in the store.)

$7.99 hardback overstock / retail: $11.99



For spring break travel, paperbacks are your friend

We've got piles of super paperback books to keep the kiddos happy on planes, trains, and motor cars this season. Lots of classics as well as contemporary faves -- Tomie DePaola, Eric Carle, Lois Ehlert, H. A. Ray (Curious George), Mercer Mayer, Ludwig Bemelmans (Madeline series), Paul Galdone, and more. All are new overstock, at least half off of the cover price, in most cases about $3.

We've also got neat chapter books as well: Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, Encyclopedia Brown, Magic Tree House, and more.


Pictured above: Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone (we also have Janet Steven's equally excellent version), Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, the Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord, Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow, and Teeny-Tiny Woman by Paul Galdone.


Habla usted español? Spanish books for the little ones


We've been getting quite a few Spanish and bilingual books in the store lately, including several titles by classic authors such as Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert. The books go fast, so grab 'em when you see 'em! Par usual, our books are 50% to 70% off the original list price.


Want a better party favor? Do books!

Peter's-chairWe have lots of party favors in the shop but perhaps our favorite favor of all is books. Parents don't hate you for giving their kid another bag of candy or plastic landfiller. Kids go away with the subtle message that books are treats -- and if they don't already think of them as treats, that they should. You can wrap them as presents (we use my son's leftover paintings and other artwork as paper) and bag the goodie bag!

We've got TONS of high-quality bargain books priced from $2 to 5 at our shop, with most paperbacks running about $3. Here's a list (below the fold) of what we have in stock at the moment to give you an idea.This list includes used books, but the majority are new.


1-2-3 magic, $7.5

ABC dinosaurs Books, $3.99

ABCs of Central Park, $4.99

Adler, David - Cam Jansen Catnapping Mystery, $1.99

Adler, David - Cam Jensen, $1.99

Aesop - Lion and the Mouse, $1.59

Aesop's Fables hardback, $6.99

Allard, Harry, G.- La Senorita Nelson ha Desaparecido!, $2.99

Allsburg - Two Bad Ants, $3.99

Brave-ireneAlton, Steve - Blood and Goo, $1.99

Amos & Boris Books, $0.99

Anderson, Sara - Noisy City Night, $2.99

Angelou, Maya - Life Doesn't Frighten Me HB, $7.99

Asbojornsen & Moe - Three Billy Goats Gruff, $2.99

Asim, Jabari -girl of mine, $2.99

Asim, Jabari -Whose Toes are those?, $2.99

Asim, Jabari - Whose Knees Are These?, $2.99

Augarde, Steve - Fire Engine to the Rescue popup, $4.99

babbitt -  devil's storybook, $2.99

Bachelet, Giles - My Cat the silliest cat in the world, $4.99

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Book of the day: An Awesome Book!, by Dallas Clayton

Couldn't believe it when I found An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton on an overstock list so I snatched up as many copies as I could. We've sold most of them by now but still have a few left. The entire book is available online for free as well in case you're blown your book budget already.

While the book ain't perfect (a tinge of judgementalism mars its otherwise appealing anti-consumist theme), it's one of those rare picture books that appeals to adults as much as children.




Book of the day: There's a Nightmare in My Closet, by Mercer Mayer

We are big fans of Mercer Mayer here at Monk's Trunk; he is not only an illustrator par excellance (he drew the characters in my favorite childhood book series, the Great Brain) but as an author in his own right. There's a Nightmare in My Closet is one of his finest, a sweet and absorbing tale about a little boy facing his demons -- in this case, a closet-sized monster who turns out to be more fearful than he. It's an ideal bedtime story, one that may even help allay fears of the dark. Highly recommended.
our price: $3.29 / list price: $7.99



How about books for the holidays?


We've got a lot of great children's books in, and more on the way!  Christmas titles include:

BOB and 6 more Christmas stories by Sandra Boynton $3.99
The 12 Bugs of of Chrismas (pop-up), by David Carter $5.99
Polar Express DVD, $6.5
Eloise at Christmastime, $5.99
A Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket
Where is Baby's Christmas Present (with flaps) by Karen Katz
Where's Prancer? $5.99 by Syd Hoff

We also have a couple of Chanukah board books.


Book of the Day: "Knock, Knock!"

Knock Knock - coverMy kid Sid's new favorite thing is this picture book collection of Knock Knock jokes by a "who's who" list of children's book illustrators:  Sophie Blackall, Tomie dePaola, Jon Muth, Chris raschka, Peter Reynolds and more.

Let's be clear: knock knock jokes are, as a rule, terrible. These oldies are no exception. But what *I* love about this book is how it has engaged my son in both learning a format for joke-telling and in memorizing a few jokes (which isn't to say that he necessarily understands them). Parents all too often see skills like this as trivial but they are anything but: they help kids build social skills and discover new ways of conversing . (In fact, if anyone out there has recommendations for more illustrated joke books, please let me know.) Recommended for ages 4 to 8. Hardback bargain book.
$2.99 our price / $16.99 list


Books for Father's Day

We have an unspoken law in our house, which I'll call the "don't spend my money on a big dumb gift for me" rule - it applies equally to birthdays, Mother's Day, and anniversaries. But books? You can never have enough books!

We've got some excellent choices for Father's Day:

Driving-daddyDriving Daddy by Hope Vestergaard
(board book)
List: $6.99 / Our price: $2.99

Baby rides on Daddy's shoulders, "steering" him around the neighborhood to familiar places while Mom provides the play-by-play. [ Info ]

Every-Friday-dan-yaccarinoEvery Friday By Dan Yaccarino

List: $16.95 / Our price: $4.99

A simple story about a tradition that a little boy and his dad have of taking a weekly walk around town. "Every Friday is a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year."

When-papa-comes-homeWhen Papa Comes Home Tonight  by Eileen Spinelli

List: $16.99 / Our price: $4.99

A sweet and sentimental rhyming book for ages 1 and up. (We also have When Mama Comes Home Tonight by the same author.) [ Info ]

OhDaddy__bob-sheaOh, Daddy! by Bob Shea
List: $16.99 / Our price: $6.99

The favorite in our household is a short, funny book about a goofball dad who does things in the most silly way imagineable, prompting his tot to correct him by squealing, "Oh, Daddy!" This one gives my 3 year old a belly laugh. We only have one of these left so get here quick!



Check our book table this weekend!

Daycreams-of-solitary-hamsterGoing to be in Prospect Park this weekend? Matt is going to be manning the first-ever Monk's Trunk book table, on Lincoln Road near the park (map here), selling bargain children's books. He'll have books by Ezra Jack Keats, William Steig, Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger, Eric Carle, Lois Ehlert, Sandra Boynton, David Carter popups, Lauren Vaccaro Seeger, and many more -- all new and all at 50% to 80% off of their original list price.