The other day, I was reflecting on a great book I loved when I was a kid — Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead, by William Pene Du Bois. It’s a fun tale of a spoiled kid who had everything done for him — until things went wrong. The illustrations of Mr. Pene Du Bois were partly responsible for my choice of career.
I thought how fun it would be to share the book with my third-grader. Alas, it’s priced out of my range. Finding out made me wish I had hung onto everything from my childhood. (But the practical side of me said I couldn’t pay the storage warehouse fees.)
These days, publishers are having to be even more choosy about which titles they reprint, so I don’t fault them.
By the way, his most popular title, The Twenty-One Balloons, is in print — and you can get it for about $4 shipped via Amazon.