Our Bookstore of the Month this May is The Children’s Bookshop in Muswell Hill!
Describe The Children’s Bookshop in three words
Eccentric, jolly, and bibliophilic!
Where is your favourite spot in the store?
There is a corner by the picture books which is particularly cosy — you can see the whole shop, but no one can see you!
Give us a brief history of The Children’s Bookshop.
We’ve been around since 1974, and it’s been passed down from family to family – and always to someone who was already working here! Some of our earliest customers are now bringing in their grandchildren, so we have a lovely sense of our history – and canny customers will find staff members who have been here for over thirty years.
Do you have a store pet?
No? What would be your ideal bookstore pet?
We don’t have a pet, but an octopus would come in handy – enough arms to get all the books at once! Or a niffler, just in case we’re sitting on a pile of buried treasure.
Do you have a favourite author? If yes, who is it?
The general consensus from our staff is Philip Reeve, Meg Rosoff, Andy Stanton, Michael Morpurgo, and Eva Ibbotson – storytellers who stand the test of time.
What is your favourite opening line from a book?
We had a vote, and Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman wins for sheer poetic menace:
“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”
What was the last book you read?
Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans (Sanchita)
What is your favourite A&CB book?
It’s got to be the two Adas – Ada Twist Scientist and Ada’s Ideas – fantastic heroines whose stories are bought to life with quirky illustrations.
And in winter, Stina is the sort of book you want to wrap yourself up in.
What is your favourite book?
A collection of staff favourites:
Lost Happy Endings – Carol Ann Duffy & Jane Ray (Sanchita’s choice)
Wed Wabbit – Lissa Evans (Maj’s choice)
Tadpole’s Promise – Jeanne Willis (Jeff’s choice)
Jasmine Skies – Sita Bramachari (Meena’s choice)
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You can find The Children’s Bookshop at:
29 Fortis Green Rd, London, N10 3HP
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