A Quest: To Find The Noisy Counting Book
Faithful readers know that I spend much of my blogtime committed to screaming and moaning about various titles that are out-of-print and shouldn’t be. First and foremost amongst these is The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade (illustrations by Jon Buller). I use this book with almost every toddler program I do and today I had a frightening thought. What if, someday, I leave the New York Public Library system? What if I end up at a different library somewhere? A library that doesn’t HAVE The Noisy Counting Book?
In a blind panic I started to see if I could buy a copy for myself off of Amazon. I don’t approve of going to Amazon unless the book you seek is looooong out of print, and lo and behold there it was . . . for $82.39. Undaunted I went to Alibris instead and there it is for a mere $56. That’s better without actually being any good. It’s $60 at Bookasaurus. $56 at Pricegrabber. $54 on Bookfinder. And eBay isn’t even selling the darn thing.
Oh, Random House. I know you don’t always love me, but couldn’t we put aside our differences and republish this puppy? People are paying untold sums for it on the market today, and our only Reference copy somehow got colored in blue crayon.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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