Tuesday, May 27, 2008

All for Kids



On Saturday we made a pilgrimage up to All for Kids bookstore in Seattle, which is about to close. I wouldn't even have known about it if I hadn't seen this post on Mo Willems' blog. When I read the article I knew we just had to go see it before it was gone.



Kate had a fun time playing in the kids' area and checking out the puppets (and even wanted to read a few books, later).



This is what I was there for--the event room, with its autographed and illustrated walls.




It was amazing. After we'd showed Kate the pigeon on the door, she wasn't really interested in staying in the room, so we had to take turns staying with her. So I'd go in and read the walls for a bit, and take some pictures, and then go out and find Doug and say something like, "Did you see the David Shannon in the corner?" and he'd go look again while I stayed with Kate for while.

















A lot of people are wondering what's going to happen to these walls when the store closes. Perhaps some wealthy benefactor will swoop in and save them, and have them removed and displayed somewhere. We can hope!

After the bookstore we stopped by the Seattle Folklife Festival for a while. It was insanely crowded, and it was also quite a bit hotter and sunnier than we'd been expecting, but we had a good time. Kate enjoyed a participatory drumming session.

11 comments:

Regan said...

That is truly incredible. So many greats. I saw that on Mo's blog, too, and I really hope those walls and doors are saved somehow. Thank you for sharing the pictures!

Heather T. said...

Wow, that's phenomenal! As it turns out, we're headed up to Seattle this weekend--I hope to convince DH to stop by there--it sounds fascinating! Thanks for the pics, indeed... =)

Julie K in Taiwan said...

Truly amazing! I hope they find a way to save the walls.

Saw a pigeon book at the sale this weekend (about hot dogs?) and was planning to get it but somehow it didn't end up in the final, huge pile of books we bought.

Mimi said...

Oh my goodness, wow! What a treasure. We should all donate to keep the walls or something. I can't imagine painting over that.

Susan said...

That's amazing (and kind of sad)! I'm glad you've posted pictures!

Freer Family said...

What an awesome store. How tragic it is closing. Those walls are priceless.

Beverly said...

What a wonderful place, and how sad that it is closing.

I'm so happy you got to experience the wonder.

scrapper al said...

So sad that the store is closing. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

cami said...

Oh my goodness- those walls-!

I kept exclaiming "oh my gosh, it's...it's...it's..." as I scrolled through your pictures.

I am incredibly beyond bummed that I grew up in the Seattle area, lived there when my kids were small, and never heard of this place.

I hope someone saves those walls!

Cami

Temeculamom said...

What a loss! I love children's bookstores. When I was a kid, my parents let us graffiti our walls, and we loved it. But we didn't have artwork or autographs like this! Someone must want those walls. If I were a kajillionaire, I would buy them to put in a tree house for my kids.

Ernie said...

I've been to Seattle many times, but had never heard of this place. I'm glad you got to go check it out, and get some great pics, before it went away. One can only hope...