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.
Girl: No. Dad says it’s because mum bought it at IKEA.
Child: Mummy, who was 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.
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
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