All-Purpose and General Jinjur (get the joke?) posted an (inside-pages) photo last August of her favorite children's book: Gene Zion's The Sugar Mouse Cake. Read her comments and the reviews at Amazon (there are 22 of them), and you'll see the same thing over and over: "I loved this book but didn't own it. We took it out of the library over and over and over..." Same here. We loved the talented mouse, the truly amazing cakes in the baking contest, the queen's cheesecake-induced "nightmare" ("A mouse...was dancing...on that cake!"), and Tom's great big splash into the moat. And the happy mouse-baker reunion at the end.
It was published in 1964 but never reprinted. My guess is that the cake-guzzling queen may be a harder sell these politically-and-anatomically-correct days than she was forty-five years ago. Still, with all that begging, maybe somebody will pick it up for reprinting; Zion's Harry the Dirty Dog books are still very much in print. (Somebody did ask the reprinting question on WikiAnswers.com.)
But in the meantime, it's contraband. That is, if you can find a copy. The cheapest one on abebooks.com is $95 U.S. Does that put it in the category of fancy adult collectibles and out of the reach of the CPSIA? I don't think so...it's just scarce and expensive. The $95 copy says "Book Condition: Acceptable. POOR. Both hinges are taped and pages have many smudges. Cardboard showing at cover corners. DJ in mylar has wear at the corners. Very well-read...."
Sounds like the copy we found a few years ago at a library sale. And I'm not selling it.
Well, I can't anyway. Unless you don't live in the U.S.
Confused feetnote...Actually, I've noticed that U.S. sellers on abebooks.com do not seem to have withdrawn their listings for pre-1985 books. Maybe they're hoping the government will back off.
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