I wanted to be good at sports and very fast, so I said okay to the white-and-silver sporty sneakers. The rest of today whenever I looked down, I thought some other kid’s feet got stuck on the bottoms of my legs.–Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom by Rachel Vail
My name is Gorges, which is pronounced just like “George” because the S is silent, but of course some kids call me “Jor-Jess” or “Gorgeous.” I don’t much care. There are worst things to be called that Gorgeous, even for a boy.–Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
My love for heroines of classic literature and the art of typography inspired me to open my own shop, BumbleBess.com. Through words and the occasional curlicue, I celebrate favorite heroines like Elizabeth Bennett, Anne Shirley, and Wendy Darling.
This Merch of the Month pick is one I designed before I even knew I would be opening a shop. It was originally created as a gift for my Pride & Prejudice obsessed sister, who is as loyal-hearted, strong-willed, and free-spirited as Lizzie Bennett herself. For all the audacious ladies out there, this is for you.
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“While Dorothy was looking earnestly into the queer, painted face of the Scarecrow, she was surprised to see one of the eyes slowly wink at her. She thought she must have been mistaken, at first, for none of the scarecrows in Kansas ever wink; but presently the figure nodded its head to her in a friendly way.”–The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
You took what you had and you took what you knew and what you felt and what you guessed and you mixed them all together, and remembered to look out the window and listen to the birds sing while you were doing it. Plus, it didn’t hurt to count your blessings while you were beating the batter. Louise thought this might be the recipe for the whole world.–Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne
My love for fantastic fiction and gorgeous graphics inspired me to open my own shop, BumbleBess.com. There, I blend all of my favorite things… literary allusions, typographic design, and plenty of good humor.
This Merch of the Month pick is one of my personal favorites. The quote “read voraciously, live vicariously” is something I coined myself, inspired by that unique sensation of getting wholly lost between the pages of a good book.
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“I practice levitation,” Theo said, “As in, making things float in the air. You saw my work earlier today.”
“I love learning about transformation,” Ridley added. She pulled a top hat off a nearby shelf, moved it behind her wheelchair, and when it reappeared it had become a book with a top hat on the cover. “I like to change objects from one to another.”
“And I escape!” Leila said. “Dad, can you please chain me upside down in a tank full of water?”
“I can, and I will – when you turn eighteen,” Mr. Vernon said.–The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
Excitement bubbles in my chest like a shaken can of soda. Out of all the guys in the school, Jayla picked me. Walked right up to me in the cafeteria with everyone watching. I feel like I have an aura shining around my head, like I’m the Chosen One in some fantasy novel.–My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner
Tori had packed her Scrabble game and her journal where she kept her word collection. She was going to be a poet when she grew up. That’s why she got excited over words like juniper, applesauce, and dribble.–Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Kimberly Willis Holt
The sky darkened, and a low rumbling sound was heard in the air. There was a rushing of many wings; a great chattering and laughing; and the sun came out of the dark sky to show the Wicked Witch surrounded by a crowd of monkeys, each with a pair of immense and powerful wings on his shoulders.–The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum