Friday, 21 September 2012

"And then you could keep a dragon in it, and he could look after all the books for you when you're not here..."

This week, at the bookshop, I have mostly been loving the wonderful things that children say.

A few quotes from 'More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshop's - out April 2013.


Girl (pointing to a cupboard under one of the bookshelves): Can you get to Narnia through there?
Me: Unfortunately, I don’t think you can. 
Girl: Oh. Our wardrobe at home doesn’t work for getting to Narnia, either. 
Me: No?
Girl: No. Dad says it’s because mum bought it at IKEA. 


Child: Mummy, who was Hitler?
Mother: Hitler?
Child: Yeah. Who was he?
Mother: Erm, he was a very bad man from a long time ago. 
Child: Oh. How bad?
Mother: He was like... he was like Voldemort. 
Child: Oh! That’s really, really bad. 
Mother: Yes. 
Child: (Pause) So... did Harry Potter kill Hitler, too?


(A young girl is looking at some pony books)
Me: Do you like horses?
Young girl:  Yes. When I grow up I’m going to have a pony. 
Me: That sounds like fun. 
Young girl: Yes. And it will be better than all the other ponies. 
Me: How come?
Young girl: Because mine will have a purple tail. And roller-skates. 


Young boy: You should put a basement in your bookshop. 
Me: You think so?
Young boy: Yeah. And then you could keep a dragon in it, and he could look after all the books for you when you're not here. 
Me: That's a pretty cool idea. Dragons breathe fire, though. Do you think he might accidentally burn the books?
Young boy: He might, but you could get one who'd passed a test in bookshop-guarding. Then you'd be ok. 
Me: ...You know, I think you're on to something there. 


More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

'Weird Things...' facebook page. 


  1. Hi!
    I'm a reader of your blog, from Brazil. I love it!
    And I just adored this post. Maybe yourr next book should be something like "Cute Things Children Say in Bookshops". That would also be a hit.
    All best!

  2. Love the dragon tip. It was obviously well thought through.

  3. Those are great--I especially love the dragon-as-guarder-of-all-books.

  4. I love these kids! Too funny. Thanks for the laugh! :)

  5. Love this!! Kids are amazing and have such wonderful imaginations! So inspiring :)

  6. Omg, kids are so cute and imaginative!