Thursday, October 25, 2012

Robot Cowboy Guy Goes Big Bang

This is RoboCowboy Guy.
He's been a busy dude.

Most of the time RoboCowboy Guy stands around and holds Star Wars books. But tonight he (or one of his clone buddies) will appear on The Big Bang Theory on CBS at 8 p.m. (I think; check your local listings) along with Apollo 11 astronaut and moon walker Buzz Aldrin in an episode entitled "The Holgraphic Excitation."

How will we ever keep him home on the farm after tonight?

Even though RoboCowboy Guy is really cool, he isn't too cool for you. If you are interested in purchasing a clone, we'll get you in contact with the guy who designs these things.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Pioneer Woman Cometh!

Do you long for wide open spaces?
Do you daydream about herding cattle?
Do you crave butter-filled, stick-to-your-ribs grub?
Do you like to battle crowds of fans to meet your favorite celebrity?

If so, Little Shop of Stories on November 5th is the place to be!

We are calling all fans of the Pioneer Woman! Yes, that's right! Ree Drummond, aka the Pioneer Woman, will be visiting Decatur on Monday, November 5th at 7pm. Her new book is Charlie and the Christmas Kitty. We'll be selling this book, along with all her others.

If you don't already know about this city girl turned country mama, check out her blog for more about life on the farm. In a nut shell, girl meets cowboy. Girl marries cowboy. Girl moves to farm. Girl starts cooking. Girl starts a blog. Girl publishes multiple books about cooking and ranch life and her dog, Charlie. Girl comes to Decatur on tour!

Here's the skinny.
1. This event is free and open to the public, but it will be ticketed. It will take place at Little Shop of Stories at 133 A East Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030.
2. We have limited space for people to sit while she gives her talk. In order to keep anyone from getting stampeded to death, we are limiting the number of people who can attend her lecture (which will take place in our upstairs loft area) to 100 people. Anyone is welcome to attend the signing, which will take place immediately following the talk, and you're welcome to hang out down in the shop while she talks. You'll be able to hear her, but you just won't be in the same room as her.
3. We will start giving out tickets on Monday, November 5th at 4 pm. Doors to go upstairs to the reading will open at 6 pm. You must be in person to get a ticket, and tickets are limited to one ticket per person. Yes, we know that's inconvenient, and we're sorry. We are just trying to control the crowds in an orderly fashion, and, again, no one will be turned away from the signing line. You just might be at the end of it. The first hundred people to get a ticket will get to see her read (and to attend the signing line,) and everyone else will get a ticket for just the signing line.
4. After Ree finishes her talk, we'll start calling numbers to get in the signing line. Your number will be on your ticket, and will be determined by the order in which you pick it up.
5. Ree will sign as many items as you'd like. You're also welcome to stand in line just to say hello to her and not get anything signed.
6. You do not need to buy anything to attend this event, or to get in the signing line. But we definitely appreciate your support so we can continue hosting events like this! Plus, books make great Christmas presents!
7. Questions? Call us at 404-373-6300 or email us at

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Judy Schachner is Coming!

And her new Skippyjon Jones book came out today!

Judy Schachner, author and illustrator of the GREAT Skippyjon Jones series, will be at Little Shop on Thursday, October 18th at 4:30 p.m. to present her new book and to do a signing.

I love Skippy and I love the Skippy books. Until today the original Skippyjon Jones book and Lost in Spice were my two favorites.

But I've got to tell you, Cirque de Olé really enters the big top. It's funnier and a bit more bizarre that the others -- and when you're dealing with a Siamese cat who thinks he's a Chihuahua, everything already starts out bizarre. In addition, the art is really vivid.

Out of all our favorite authors, Judy is up there with our most favorites. She connects so well with kids who have come to her past signings in Decatur as well as with parents. Judy is warm and encouraging and funny and surprising and we're thrilled that she's coming!

Now if we can only get her to move to Decatur.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Can You Dig It? A Holes-Inspired Work Day

Last Saturday, ten families participated in our Habitat for Humanity Work Day, sponsored by Intown Ace Hardware.

Why were we digging holes, you may ask. Well, in Holes (our 2012 On The Same Page selection) Stanley at the other boys at Camp Green Lake are forced to spend their days digging five-foot holes in a dry lake bed in order to "build character."

 If you've never dug a hole before, you can't understand how difficult this task is, so we wanted to give kids and their families a chance to dig some holes of their own, to better understand Stanley and the challenging task in the book.

But instead of just doing it to "build character" like they say in the book, we wanted it to be for a good cause.

So we partnered with Habitat for Humanity to find a house that needed some landscaping and could use our holes (and plants to put in the holes). We contacted our friends at Intown Ace Hardware to see if they'd be interested in donating shovels and plants. And after a lot of coordination, we had our Holes-inspired dig!

Tucker High School students attended the event as well, getting to the site early to prepare the beds for our diggers. We were super thankful for their help!

Everyone had a great attitude and worked hard, even when they encountered roots or stumps in the area they were digging. Our friends at Habitat introduced us to a handy tool called a pickmatic (not an ax-o-matic, like Ms. Krista kept calling it) and that made a huge difference.

Two hours later, we were all tired and covered in dirt, but the house had 20 new azalea bushes and looked beautiful! Thanks to all the families that participated, and to Tucker High School, Habitat for Humanity, and Intown Ace Hardware!

For more information about On The Same Page events, visit
Up next: a shoe drive benefiting Our House, a movie screening, and a party!

To My Sister

 When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now,
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine?

If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?

oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oooo
You'll be older too, (ah ah ah ah ah)
And if you say the word,
I could stay with you.


I could be handy mending a fuse
When your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride.

Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage
In the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line,
Stating point of view.
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, Wasting Away.

Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?



2012 Decatur Root Beer Festival: The Lineup


October 20th
12 to 2 p.m.


Little Shop of Stories


Because root beer is great
it's the same day as the Decatur Craft Beer Festival
tickets to the Beer Festival sold out in ten seconds
and why should they have all the fun?
this is a fundraiser for

How Much


$5 goes to the Decatur Book Festival to fund the
On The Same Page Program and is fully tax deductable

That will get you:

A sampling of at about 10 different root beers
and 5 other specialty sodas

One plastic commemorative tasting cup

One pretzel necklace

71 degrees and sunny - perfect root beer weather!


We'll actually have more variety of root beer and unique sodas than last year. However, some will be in limited quantities, so everyone may not get a taste of the entire list.

A&W Root Beer
Abita Root Beer
Big K Root Beer
Bulldog Root Beer
Dang Butterscotch Root Beer
Dr. Brown's Root Beer
IBC Root Beer
Jones Root Beer
Sprecher's Root Beer
Virgil's Root Beer

Dr. Brown's Cream Soda
Jones Cream Soda
Red Rock Golden Ginger Ale
bottled in Atlanta since 1885
Reed's Raspberry Ginger Beer
Reed's Cherry Ginger Beer
Reed's Spiced Apple Brew
Regatta Ginger Ale
Sprecher's Orange Dream

The Highlight

Virgil's Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg Root Beer
in special 500 ml bottles

Using natural ingredients, we brew a root beer so pure,
so rich and creamy, you'll swear it's made in heaven.
No preservatives, no caffeine and no artificial anything! Gluten free. 

 Here's a  review of
Virgil's Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg Root Beer
by two guys sitting in a basement!

Another review:
My sister brought home one bottle (1 Pint .8 oz (500 mL)) of Virgil's Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg Root Beer last week. We shared the bottle. This root beer comes in a unique bottle with a flip cap. This bottle is so nice that most people would keep this as a collector's/souvenir item - my sister is keeping this bottle. On the label, it says that this root beer won an award for "Outstanding Beverage". It's micro-brewed with 100% natural ingredients including: anise, honey, licorice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, wintergreen, cassia oil, sweet birch, molasses, carbonated water, natural caramel color, and unbleached cane sugar. This special edition root beer uses well water from the Bohemian Forest region of Bavaria. Virgil's say on their bottle that Bavaria is one of the purest sources in the world for water. I've actually visited part of the Bavarian region in the past, and I have to agree with Virgil's in terms of excellent water and brewing coming from the Bavarian region.

Virgil's Special Edition Bavarian Nutmeg Root Beer
Reed's Raspberry Ginger Beer