BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE - 2000
wild rumpus books
How much fun can a child possibly have in a bookstore? We guarantee that a visit to this Linden Hills shop will result in a joyful noise. Kids enter Alice-in-Wonderland style through a child-size purple door, behind which awaits a wacky menagerie--including a dovecote, caged songbirds, napping cats, and one plucky chicken. There's a haunted house (go there to find scary stories and rats under the floor!) and lots of cozy chairs and nooks for storytelling time. But don't expect any run-of-the mill events at this eight-year-old establishment, where recent activities have included a poetry workshop, a mud pie bake-off, and a yo-yo demonstration. There's always something happening on Saturday afternoons, so kids will be happily entertained. Meanwhile, adults in the group can browse (if the children's fare doesn't float your boat, check out the small selection aimed at grownups) or sit for a spell with a cat in the lap. And if you're looking for something but can't find it, don't hesitate to ask for help--the staff here is ever-cheerful and enthusiastic. Almost makes you want to be a kid again.