Best Children's Bookstore - 2009
From the moment you walk through the front door of Wild Rumpus (the smaller front door if you're a wee one) you are transported into a children's dream world. The bookshelves lined with thousands of children's stories are only part of the magic. You might see a cluster of wide-eyed children running after Pimento, a chicken that always manages to strut one step ahead. Two cats without tails, Trini Lopez and Ida B., lounge behind the desk or perch high and out of customers' reach. More kids squeal in delight as they watch the rats below a glass floor crawl on one another. Before you know it, the environment pulls you into a sea of literature for young readers. The Linden Hills store offers new books, used books (just $1!), and story time (Monday mornings). By making reading an adventure, Wild Rumpus excels at achieving the goal of every children's bookstore: beckoning new readers to explore other worlds through the art of literature.