Giveaway: Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo

Good news!  I have another giveaway for you today!   This one is a childrens’ story book called Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo.  We’ve been Mercer Mayer (Little Critter) fans ever since our oldest kids were teeny, and our little girls were delighted when the mail came with a new copy to add to our collection.  Apparently this is actually a reprint of an old book, but we’d never seen it before.  In three days, John and I have each read it to our little girls at least once, and several other times I’ve found the two girls on the couch with their heads together over the book and the 9-year-old doing the reading.  I think it’s a hit.

Want a copy of your own?  Well, I’ve got one to give away.  To enter the drawing that I’ll be doing on Tuesday, simply comment below and tell me about a story book that you remember fondly from your own childhood. I remember being especially fascinated with a Bible story book about Moses and his big sister.  It had lovely realistic photos, and I looked through it many times.  What about you?  I’m looking forward to hearing about memorable storybooks from your own childhood.


  1. Richard Scary books. We had a few and they are the ones I remember.

  2. Heather Wawa says:

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs! and also A Very Special House
    Ahhhh, I love books! I have many favorite childhood books.

  3. I don’t recall the name of the series of books, but they were chapter type stories, but easy to read, about different animal characters – fox, squirrels – I can picture them on a shelf in my mom’s house but can’t recall the characters or titles! Anyways, not exactly memorable except that I picked up a library book and was reading it aloud to 2 of my kids the other day and said to them oh I remember this book from when I was little – obviously didn’t recall it before I started reading it, but the pictures and the story was completely familiar once I hit the first page “Too Much Noise”. When I became an independent reader, I loved the Big Red books about Irish Setters.

  4. I distinctly remember a Golden Book of the story of Heidi. I loved that story and had it memorized even before I could actually read.

  5. I remember reading quite a bit with my mother, and my grandmother over summer vacations. The Frog and Toad books were a favorite of mine. I am sometimes surprised how much I sound like my mother when I’m reading these now to my twin boys.

  6. While growing up, my mom had us memorize poems like crazy.
    One of my all time favorites is Shel Silverstein’s Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too from “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” Now as a mom, I have passed on my love of silly poems to my kids. My 5 and 3 year old boys can recite Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too!

  7. My favorite book was called No fighting, No Biting…a few years back my mom found a copy at a used booked store….so now my children can enjoy it as well…

  8. We always loved having my dad or my grandmother read The Monster at the end of the book. They both had a great Grover voice, and we would ask them to read it again and again.

  9. Marvin K Mooney, will you please go now! (I had such trouble with the word “bureau”.)

    And, I do remember the Zipperump-a-Zoo, but for us I’m sure it was a library book.

  10. My favorite book growing up was a book of nursury rhymes called The Real Mother Goose. It was bought for my brother and when he died I received it which I now read to my children.

  11. I loved the Little Engine that Could, and so enjoy reading it to my boys now!

  12. i loved being sent to my room when being disciplined… laura ingles was waiting for me there! the list is long ~ misty of chincoteague, anything by beverly cleary, heidi books, little women, little men, harry the dirty dog, black beauty, grandma’s attic, pippi longstocking and many more. most i still have and am slowly introducing them to my children. even now i love a good book!

  13. My absolute favorite book as a kid was In A People House by Dr Seuss. I made my aunt read it to me everytime she went with my mom and I to the doctor, dentist, chiropractor, etc. She was SO sick of this book that she finally put her foot down and told me to read it myself. A few years ago, I found a used copy and gave it to my Aunt for Christmas to read to her grandkids…she gave it to my daughter instead. Hahaha!

  14. I have more memories of beloved chapter books than story books–Little House series, Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit (especially the first chapter–sometimes I had my dad read that by itself if we hadn’t picked a new “long” book for bedtime!!), Magnus and the Wagon Horse, Ramona, King of the Wind, Secret Garden, Shoo-fly Girl–I could go on forEVER. No wonder that I got degrees in English! But I did love all our Richard Scarry books–especially the one with Goldbug!! Cars and Trucks and Things that Go

  15. I read and loved so many books as a child. Laura Ingall,Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and so many more brought light into my days. My father was in the Army and we moved so often that I was always leaving my friends, but books were a constant that went everywhere with me.
    Now that I have children I read to them and share the books that were so precious to me during my childhood hoping that they will love them as I do.

  16. We read and read and read as kids so I have lots on my favorites list…which I’m now loving re-discovering with my own children. One book that stands out in my memory is One Kitten for Kim. (My kids love it now too!)

  17. We read a lot, so we have lots of favorites, but I have a soft spot for the LIttle Bear books by Martin Waddel

  18. We LOVED Richard Scarey books growing up. I’m thrilled my boys enjoy them two. And my 2nd loves the Little Critter boys, its fun to see him enjoy them.

  19. Dr Seuss’s What was I Scared of?

  20. chicken soup with rice by maurice sendak
    now my oldet son will be reading it monthly at school w/ -chicken soup with rice in a can- on the school list btw

  21. I loved a book called The Secret World of Og. By a Canadian author, I don’t know that it was every published in the States, but I still love it. (So do my kids!)

  22. I loved Richard Scarry books. There are so many more that I have fond memories of- Little House books, Stories From Grandma’s Attic, A Little Princess, The Secret Garden, to name a few. I could go on and on!

  23. Sesame Street’s “There’s a Monster at the End of this Book.”

  24. I loved the little house series, nancy drew series, but my favourite book was a book of paintings. At bedtime my mother would open the book to a random page and I would tell her a story based on the painting.

  25. I enjoyed Robert Lopshire’s “Put Me in the Zoo.”

  26. Susie and Johnny stories that my mom had from when she was a little girl and that my grandmother may have read when she was a teen.

  27. My favorite picture book was Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.

  28. Pipi Longstockings.
    No doubt!

  29. I loved all of the Bernstein Bears books! I cant wait to start reading them to my little guy.

  30. I loved the Berenstain Bears books. We read them so often, my mom finally made some homemade books on tape!

  31. Blueberries for Sal. I loved that book. When I was little, we didn’t OWN many books–we got them from the library. I checked that book out so many times! I knew it by heart. NOW I own it!

  32. “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

  33. Christina says:

    My favorite childhood book was Chicken Little!

  34. Well, my mom has told me more than once that she actually HID a book called Sally Goes Shopping Alone because I asked to have it read so many times! 🙂 I should look and see if I can still buy it somewhere… and go read it to her! 😀

    The one I remember loving best was in the Uncle Arthur Bible Stories–the story of Esther. I always loved that one. There are many other books that I know by heart, but mostly the ones I read to MY children!

  35. I still have (somewhere) a very worn copy of H.A Rey and Margaret Rey’s book Pretzel. It was my absolute favorite when I was a toddler. When my parents brought home a toy poodle for the family, I named him “Pretzel.” Many good memories of that book.

  36. I loved Christina Katerina and the Box. I still have my copy and now read it to my children. They love it, too!

  37. Bernadette says:

    Thanks Mary! This post and all of the comments made me smile and brought back so many happy memories! Lovely.

  38. Are You My Mother?
    by P.D.James

    Would love a copy!

  39. The Little House has always been my favorite. My boys tolerate it now when I ask if I can read it to them but it’s definitely not boyish enough for their tastes.

  40. Chris Butler says:

    Little House books we my favorite!


  41. One of my first favorite books was “The very hungry caterpillar”. And of course I read it a lot to my little ones now 🙂

  42. Sadly, I don’t recall any books from my childhood; we never had much of them because we moved so much in the Navy and my mother was not one to visit libraries.
    When my own children started coming, I made a concentrated effort to always read bedtime stories to them as well as before breakfast, lunch and supper. To this day reading before bed is still a favorite activity with my 12 year old daughter with the choices a little more advanced such as Please Stop Laughing at Me the one we are reading now.
    Favorites of my kids were the Dr. Suess books and Eric Carle books and when Julie Andrews published the first “Bo” books we read and reread those.

  43. I LOVED the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!
    It is a book that shows you that it could always be worse!

  44. One of my favorite’s has always been “Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp” — another one by Mercer meyer. And “The Giant Jam Sandwich” by John Vernon Lord. When I got older I enjoyed Anne of Green Gables series and The Chronicles of Narnia.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. “The Fire Cat” with Pickles and his big paws…Loved and still love it!

  46. Oh there are so many. One that I liked as a child and that all of my kids have loved is “Home for a Bunny”.
    Thanks for the chance to win a new book!

  47. A Little Golden Book called “God” It was at my Mema’s house. It’s in my collection for my children now. I still love that book and I’m really still not sure what the draw is to it.

  48. Dr. Seuss….Green Eggs and Ham…… I used to read it daily to my youngest brother and loved all of the silliness.. I am so glad that Professor Wormbog in Search of the Zipperump a Zoo was released again. It was my daughter’s favorite over 30 years ago. It is a wonderful book that children can look for the interesting creatures on each and every page and giggle with delight!

  49. I remember ” The Boxcar Children” because it was the first chapter book I read by myself.

  50. I loved Leo Leoni’s “Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse”. It was the second book I bought when my first was born (first was, of course, “Goodnight Moon”)