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01 March 2014 @ 03:45 am
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I am currently experiencing "being driven crazy by vague memories of a children's book". Can anyone help me? (I've also cross-posted the below to [community profile] whatwasthatbook.)

I'm looking for a book I had as a child (in the 90s), but was already quite old.

It was a collection of poems about various monsters/creatures, all of which were original to that book. It had a lot of non-colour line illustrations among the text.

I don't remember the names of any of the creatures, but there was a species rather like dragonflies but with six wings, one where the creatures were shaped like eggs and hopped on a singular leg, one which had large eyes and lurked at the edge of a park, and some massive sort of mammoth/elephant thing.

Anyone recognise any of this? Please feel free to suggest your own reward...

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love_82 on March 1st, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
Was it The Light in the Attic? I think that was the title. I don't remember the dragonfly creature but the egg shaped creature and the massive elephant I remember from a book that had poems.

If it is not that maybe it is by the same author. I think there were others in a series or that were similar by the same person.

Hope this helps.

I think the egg creature had the elephant/mammoth creature on a chain in one part. That doesn't help figure out the book but I just remembered that.

Edited at 2014-03-01 04:34 am (UTC)
Frith: Booksfrith_in_thorns on March 1st, 2014 11:31 am (UTC)
No, it's not that one, or by that author. :( Thanks, though!
love_82 on March 1st, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Well I hope you find which book it is. I am intrigued now. What you described sounds so familiar.
Frith: Lovefrith_in_thorns on March 1st, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'll tell you what it is if I manage to locate it!
Les jeux sont faitsleonie_alastair on March 1st, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
My wild guess is John Ciardi's The Monster Den with illustrations by Edward Gorey.
Frith: Diana 2frith_in_thorns on March 1st, 2014 11:33 am (UTC)
No, that's not it either, sadly. But thank you!
Les jeux sont faitsleonie_alastair on March 1st, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
Edward Lear's Nonsense Books?
Frith: Failboatfrith_in_thorns on March 1st, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
Sadly not :( But I do love Lear! I used to know all the long ones by heart...
leesa_perrie: Outside Boxleesa_perrie on March 1st, 2014 02:11 pm (UTC)
Probably not this one, but I'll share just in case (had a search on abebooks!):

Frith: Neal 1frith_in_thorns on March 1st, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Nah, not that either - the book I'm looking for was just by one author, rather than a compilation.

(I'm beginning to wonder if it's out of print, actually...)
leesa_perrie: Booksleesa_perrie on March 1st, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
I had a feeling it wasn't. Ah well, sorry I can't help more.
imbecamiel on March 1st, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
Ooo. I don't know it, but now I'm Thoroughly intrigued...
Frith: Booksfrith_in_thorns on March 1st, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
I totally recommend it! ;D
Vanae: Book of adventurevanae on March 1st, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
Now it's kinda driving me crazy in that 'why can't I find this' sort of way. Do you remember anything else? I have the same problem myself with a book by a Danish author... I remember a boy and a forest with cone people. It'll haunt me forever.