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The Magic Bookcase: William Meets a Chimney Sweep | Karen Barlow
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Six year old William, with the help of his pet frog, Filo, are regularly to be found on the 'naughty step' but their adventures are only just beginning when William takes a book from a bookcase to reveal a secret passageway which leads him back in time to London in 1874. William makes friends with a climbing boy, Feather, who shows him a glimpse of Victorian life. Filo can't help but cause mischief getting William into more trouble. William is led from an upper class mansion through the streets of London to a Victorian school. Eventually he is brought back to 'the naughty step' when he leaves the school room making him realise that maybe his school isn't so bad after all. Throughout the book the readers have to find Victorian artefacts that appear on most pages thus extending their Victorian knowledge. After his adventure William researches his Victorian history producing his 'worth knowing' facts. The readers get to extend their learning by deciding whether the facts are true or false. In subsequent books William goes back in time to other periods in history relevant to the various Key Stages. He is an actor in the Company of William Shakespeare in Elizabethan times. He is a servant in the kitchen to Henry VIII, a gladiator in Roman times, part of the ambulance crew in WWII and so on. In each book, artefacts of the era need to be found within the pictures and there is also a present day object that should not be in one of the pictures so that the children learn by comparison.
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I ran out of room for books. My coffee table is just as bad, there‘s at least one bag of books hiding in my closet, and the big bookcase is two deep (with piles on top). So I finally broke down and bought another bookcase today. #blameitonlitsy 😆

LauraJ One of us! One of us! 7mo
Trashcanman Cut a hole in your roof and stack em up. You'll need a tall ladder too. 7mo
Crazeedi I need at least 2 to take care of all the ones I have!! 7mo
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mcipher @LauraJ I almost never bought books pre-Litsy! 😂 7mo
mcipher @Trashcanman That‘s the next step (but my husband, the non-reader, is already complaining about too many bookcases...) 7mo
mcipher @Crazeedi this is why you are my people. 👊 7mo
Trashcanman @mcipher I thought the opinion of non readers don't count. 😜 7mo
mcipher @Trashcanman Not when it comes to books and bookcases! 7mo
Crazeedi @mcipher 😍😉😘 7mo
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Here is the wall underneath the windows in my book room. I know I could probably put a couple three shelf bookcases here in this space, but I just really love the way these particular books look stacked-especially the row of fantasy/sci fi books. Screw you, Kondo! They all bring me joy! 🤣😂💕📚 #antikondo

Sweetkokoro Such nice stacks, so many books. Can I ask what the top two books are in the Fantasy/sci-fi pile? 12mo
SheilaChew I‘m #antikondo too! Keep all the books! 12mo
LibrarianRyan Love it. 12mo
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Branwen @LibrarianRyan Yay! Thank you! 🤗💕 @SheilaChew YAASSSS! #antikondo fans unite! 😁👍 @Sweetkokoro Thank you! The top two in that pile are The Dragonbone Chair and To Green Angel Tower by Tad Williams. They are books 1 and 3 in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series! Book two isn't pictured because I'm currently reading it! 🤣 It's a really fantastic fantasy series! 12mo
Sweetkokoro Ah thank you so much, I will look into them now for sure! 12mo
Branwen @Sweetkokoro Yay! That makes me so happy! I am sure you will love it! 🤗 12mo
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Got my new bookcase set up in my book room over the weekend! Its very small, and doesn't really hold that many books, but I needed something to fit that tiny space in the corner so it works perfectly! 😁📚👍

Clare-Dragonfly Space for a few books is better than space for no books! 12mo
Branwen @Clare-Dragonfly That is very true! 🤣 12mo
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OMG I love this! But even at 1/2 off I can‘t afford $2,500.

sammisho It's so pretty! That ladder is straight out of Beauty and the Beast! 12mo
GypsyKat Love that! Where is it from? 12mo
GypsyKat @sammisho Yes!!! ❤️🥀 12mo
MommyOfTwo @GypsyKat I believe it was Wayfair 12mo
GypsyKat @MommyOfTwo Wow. I mean it‘s gorgeous and all but $2,500 and from Wayfair you‘d have to build it yourself. No thanks! 😂 12mo
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Woo! Got our new bookcases built! 🖤

vivastory Impressive! 2y
bookandcat Wow! Where did you get the bookcases from? 2y
wanderinglynn They look great! 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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tjwill Beautiful! 2y
TiredLibrarian Beautiful! The black or dark finish makes your lovely books "pop"! ?❤ 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Beautiful 😍 2y
irre 😍😍 2y
valeriegeary 🤗😍👍 2y
LauraJ And organized...that‘s the impressive thing! 2y
JPeterson @bookandcat IKEA! They had a sale on their “Billy” collection. 😊 2y
JPeterson @TiredLibrarian Thanks! I‘m really loving we went with the black. 😊 2y
JPeterson @LauraJ Haha, yes! I think that took longer then the actual building. Plus we have another (older) one with the rest of the books we organized as well 2y
Cailey_Mac They look amazing!!! 🖤😊📚 2y
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I don‘t really know what this is. I found these cute, fuzzy creatures in a glass box at Goodwill and fell in love with them. This is now my favorite decoration on my bookcases! 😍

#bookcase #bookcases #bookcasedecor #shelfie #bookshelf #bookshelves #cute

LauraJ Amazing find!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
Linear Hey, i have that book! The one their sitting on. Got it as a Christmas gift ages ago. Compleately forgot what it says, yay, now i want to go home and look at it! 2y
ChrysFey @Linear I read it the first time I got it last year but forgot what it says. I need to look at it again, too. 2y
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And the first shelf is done!!!
#YearOfTolkien #shelfie

Louise 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
julesG That's a good start 2y
JazzFeathers @julesG @Louise lt'll be a busy week, but l hope to have it sorted by the weekend 2y
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Haven‘t been around or posting a ton lately not really sure why. I‘m still trying to get through ‘The Blood of Emmett Till‘ I don‘t want to bail because I‘m interested in the topic, but the organization and writing is really frustrating. I want to get it finished and hopefully squeeze in one more physical book before the end of the month.
A bit of a look ahead I‘m going to be doing a #payitforward giveaway. I‘m just figuring out details.

SilversReviews Cute....so clever. 2y
OrangeMooseReads @SilversReviews I believe I found it on Pinterest 2y
Ddzmini Cool bookcase 😝📚😍 2y
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My magic bookcase on my wall. I needed more space for the books I keep collecting. #likemotherlikedaughter

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This is what I did yesterday. I put together a new bookcase (the white one) and reorganized my shelves. I can‘t buy anymore books unless I get rid of some, and I removed 10 while doing this to fit them all. 😂

#bookshelves #bookcase #shelfie #booklover #bookworm #booknerd

398.2 😱wow! 2y
ReadingsByTheC Beautiful shelves! 2y
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RainyDayReading I‘m in the same boat! Need to cut some books out of my already overflowing shelves to make room for yet more books 🤣 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai The struggle is real. 2y
Texreader Beautiful! 2y
SilversReviews NICE PHOTO...NICE JOB!! 2y
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The hubby bought me two new bookcases for Christmas. This is 1 of 2. Can't wait to fill the next one. 📚📚📚 #besthubbyintheworld #bookcase #happiness

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Okay, NOW it's done. I put the old small bookcase beside it, and that will house all my library loans. ❤️ I filled the hidden bottom shelves with my wedding table books. I felt they'd get less dusty that way.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 2y
Ddzmini It looks magical 😳📚 2y
Clwojick @Ddzmini thanks! I honestly just sat in the room when I was done and stared at all the books for like 45 mins. ☺️☺️☺️ 2y
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Yay!!! All the books are on there! I'll be reorganizing them soon enough, I just had to get them on there for now. 💞 I am LOVING it.

LiteraryinLititz It looks so inviting!! Enjoy! 2y
SandyW It looks even better filled with books. 2y
LeahBergen It looks great! 👍🏻 2y
whatsthEStorey Nice find! You books look comfy! 2y
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This is my old "bookcase". All the overflow on the sides are driving me crazing. And all the scrapbooking stuff that I never use ?

TricksyTails Have you picked up the new ones yet? 2y
Andrea4 Isn't it amazing how quick scrapbook stuff piles up!? It's like "oh yea, I'm totally gonna use this entire roll of ribbon" and then 10 rolls later... ??? 2y
Clwojick Omg. @Andrea4 you have no idea! The other half of this room is all scrapbooks stuff, then the closet in the spare bedroom, and the hallway closet. 😳😳 2y
Andrea4 @Clwojick 😮😮 yea...I'm a big purger so I have like um a small expedit shelving unit worth and that's it lol. That's crazy! And I say that with love!!! 2y
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Just picked up two bookcases for $50 a piece! Here are the empty shelves! ☺️

GrilledCheeseSamurai 🙌🙌 I need a couple new ones too! I made some space last weekend now I just gotta go pick some out! 2y
SandyW This looks like a good excuse to go shopping! 📚 2y
TricksyTails Awesome!!! What a deal!! 2y
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Found two matching bookcases on kijiji today. Going to go pick them up around 630pm! 😆😆😆 I am so excited! And soooooo ready to destress with some book organizing. 😘

brilliantglow Yay! I don't usually find good deals on book shelves there for my area but I always see amazing deals for fish tanks. 200 gallon tank and stand for $100 yes please. Everytime 😂😂😂 2y
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What do you do when you have four bookcases full? You buy a fifth! #nevertoomanybooks

Grrlbrarian Your reasoning is impeccable. #darnskippy 2y
RealBooks4ever @Grrlbrarian Thank you! 😆 2y
JenFowler Its huge!! 😍 2y
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RealBooks4ever @JenFowler It's about 70" high. Almost exactly like one of my others, just different trim design around the top. ? 2y
Leftcoastzen Yay! I need to find one or Two myself, that‘s lovely! 2y
RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen Thank you! I found it on Craigslist! 2y
Sarah83 Great idea. 😍 2y
Tamra Perfect! 2y
sprainedbrain That is gorgeous! 2y
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Day 1 @bookriot #shelfie #riotgrams
I did the 3 in my living room

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Look who popped out of the bookcase!! #catsoflitsy

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I'd say it's time for a new bookcase! 📚#booksonbooksonbooks #mytoreadlistisoutofthisworld

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Lilah Rae is now the proud owner of her first bookshelf. She's already pulled everything out and put it back the way she likes it. #oneofus. EDIT: she also said her first bad word today. My fault, I have a potty mouth. "Damn it!" sounds much funnier coming from her mouth than mine. I ran away and laughed, didn't laugh in front of her. #worldsokayestmom

LauraBeth 💕💕 3y
Varshitha 😁.. So cute! 3y
Bookzombie So cute! I would have laughed too! 3y
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Moray_Reads My niece is two and recently started sighing deeply and saying "god's sake" ?? 3y
Josie @Moray_Reads OMG. That is adorable lol 3y
Moray_Reads @Josie it's the world weary tone that cracks me up every time 3y
ReadingEnvy 😍😍😍 3y
Alfoster In 6th grade my youngest daughter came home crying that someone called her The A Word. I asked her what word and she said "airhole." I didn't correct her and laughed by myself too???! 3y
AnnieReads Very cute!! 3y
Josie @Alfoster 😂😂😂😂 3y
Josie @Moray_Reads Being 2 is SO hard 3y
LeahBergen Awww!! Damn it, this is sweet! 😂 3y
Laura317 ??I guess it could be worse. My nephew used the F-word. His dad quickly stopped using it when the little guy was in his car seat going, "F$&@ it! F$&@ it F$&@ it!" 3y
OrangeMooseReads That was the Man Cub's first bad word when he dropped something. I was proud he used it in the right context lol 3y
readordierachel Love it! 😂 3y
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LeahBergen What a cool tapestry! 3y
Anovelobsession @LeahBergen Thanks! I've been hauling that tapestry around the world for over 10 years before I finally had a library to hang it in😊 3y
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They're up and they're full! I love how they came out. It makes me so happy to just sit and look at all then pretty books! (The room is too small to take a good picture. I tried to cobble two together on the right to show the whole set up with three favorite shelves on the left).

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 3y
tea.n.books Did you fit more books stacking them horizontally? 3y
beccaeve @tea.n.books Yes! Some shelves it wouldn't have made a big difference, but some it fit a lot more. They have to be sorted by size to make it really work. 3y
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tea.n.books @beccaeve hmm.. I might have to try that. I'm guessing thinner and shorter is better for horizontal? 3y
beccaeve @tea.n.books I found taller to be better horizontal because these shelves are too short for three stacks of short paperbacks, but on longer shelves, shorter's a total win. On these shelves, I stack horizontal books on top of short vertical books, but that doesn't work as well with tall books. I guess it depends on the shelves. 3y
Texreader Fantastic! I see you keep your Pops in their boxes. 3y
beccaeve @Texreader thanks! I'm 50/50 with the Pops. I like them out, but they are easier to dust in the boxes. Plus I feel compelled to keep the boxes, so I've just been leaving them in boxes lately. 3y
Texreader Yea we keep the boxes so we have boxes of boxes! Hilarious I know!! 3y
beccaeve @Texreader Yeah! I have one box of boxes from the ones I took out. I'm hoping to move within a year or so, at which point I'll take out all the Pops (and store all the boxes in the basement) 😄 3y
tea.n.books @beccaeve oh, stacks on stacks is a good thought too.. 3y
CrowCAH Woohoo congrats looks great! ☺👏🏻🎉📚 3y
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Look what my dad built me for Christmas! We were finally able to get it installed yesterday. I can't wait to fill it up!

BooksForYears Oh the excitement and possibilities! 3y
Celeste57 @BooksForYears I know!! My other shelves are choking under the the strain, so I'm ready to give them some breathing room. And get some new additions, of course! 3y
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I'm super excited I just ordered a lit box from http://onceuponabookcase.com
It comes with a phone case that matches the book & some additional book related goodies
I can't wait 😄

LeahBergen I love these cases!! 😍 3y
LazyOwl @LeahBergen I know, I can't wait to see what arrives 3y
LectricSheep Ohhhhh my. 💸💸💸 3y
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