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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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Book of the day: Bob Staake's LOOK! A BOOK!

Just got in a new book shipment. One new title I'm excited about: Bob Staake's awesome Look! A Book!

Loaded with funny illustrations, there aren't a lot of words in here, but lots of clever seek-and-finds (courtesy of diecut circles -- imagine brilliantly arranged "portholes" to the action) make me think it'd be an ideal book for getting toddlers too figedety for other books to sit and look. (We checked this out from the library when my son was 3 and every time I tried to return it, he'd scream.)

With its beautiful design, the book would make a great gift as well. (Hardcover, $7.99 / list price: $16.99)




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.


New Indestructibles titles: Baby Faces and Baby Babble

It's great to see new titles from Indestructibles, the books babies can safely gnaw on. Like the other Indestructibles titles we carry, Baby Babble and Baby Faces are water-proof, tear-resistant, and washable. But unlike the others, these have a few words. $4.95 each



A partial list of our current books

I've been playing with the database today, in the hopes of ultimately getting a regularly updated list of our books available online. This is only about half, but it's a start.



New in books: Magic Tree House, A to Z Mysteries

Magic-tree-houseThese chapter books are all the rage, popular not only as early readers (ages 6 to 8) but as first chapter books for not-yet-readers ready to graduate from picture books (ages 4 to 6). Magic Tree House titles go for $5.95 at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble. Ours are $2.50; A to Z Mysteries run $2 to $2.5. Also in the genre: we've got a few Jigsaw Jones. All are second-hand.


New in our $1 - 2 book bins

Curious-george-bookNew overstock: various Curious George paperbacks, Yo Gabba Gabba board books (Dance with Brobee), a beautiful popup book about "Samantha Squid," a Paul Goldone classic (the Monkey and the Crocodile*)... and then there are a bunch of used books, including a bunch from various Dr. Suess series. All for $2 or less!

Of course, if you want to spend an extra dollar or two, you've got well over half of our book inventory to choose from. Need help finding the right book (or five)?  Don't hestitate to ask Carrie.

* Technically, $2.29 but, seriously, where else are you going to find this book for such a ridiculous price? If our single copy is not gone by the end of the day, it's going to the in-house preschooler!


WANTED: Spanish and French language toddler DVDs and books

If you've got any to sell, please bring 'em in!


Book of the day: At Night by Jonathan Bean

At-night-beanSince I featured a black humor book yesterday, I figured a plug for a sweet 'n' lovely book is in order.

At Night (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) is set in an NYC brownstone, in which a little girl who can't sleep finds comfort from the night air. It has beautiful watercolor illustrations and a gently meditative rhythm, making it an excellent bedtime read. The book earned starred reviews in both Booklist and Publishers' Weekly, which called it a "pitch-perfect story." 

Though geared to children 4 to 8, it has very simple language and a toddler-friendly word count. $4.50 / list: $15.99



Book of the day: Jim: A Cautionary Tale

Jim-cautionary-taleThe following is not a book you'll catch me recommending to every shopper, for, as it says on the back cover, it is "not for those of a nervous disposition." It is, however, awesome. And hilarious, if you're inclined (as is my crew), toward black humor.

It is a brief, pointed account of a little boy who ignores the advice of his parents and "nurse" (nanny), runs off during a visit to the zoo, and is promptly eaten by a lion. In addition to launching fits of belly laughs in our household, it has given my kid a new understanding of why he needs to stay close when we go out in busy public places. Instilling fear isn't a particularly great parenting technique but this has worked quite well for us, thank you.  (Oh, and it has pop-up and lift-flap features, too!) $4.99 / List: $19.99


Book of the week: the Napping House

We just got a bunch of this classic bedtime book in. It's a large board book, suitable for reading to groups of non-nappers. New condition. $4.99 / retail: $12.99