Thursday, June 6, 2013

Paperback 652: Mystery on Graveyard Head / Edith Dorian (Berkley Books G-176)

Paperback 652: Berkley Books G-176 (1st ptg, 1958)

Title: Mystery on Graveyard Head
Author: Edith Dorian
Cover artist: Sternberg (?) (sig. not totally legible)

Yours for: $9


Best things about this cover:
  • I don't know what these kids were doing, but I'm guessing it has something to do with "graveyard head."
  • Fear hand! Or "I'm choking" hand, not sure. (see "graveyard head" joke, above)
  • You are *terrible* at hiding, Red.
  • Look, if you're gonna make out in a freshly-dug gave, maybe wear shoes?
  • The tree behind stalker-man is comically evil.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Wow, whatever 5th-grader wrote this cover copy is very talented. 
  • I used to perform magic under the name "The Mysterious Wiggins."
  • "A feeling of tense excitement mounts"! (see "graveyard head" joke, above)
Page 123~

The three on the steps grinned at them cheerfully. "Sit right down," Bart said heartily. "Kick off your shoes and take down your hair. Grab yourself a fistful of brownies. This is 'refugee hall'; a fat lady tramped on Sal's instep."

I was with you there til that bit at the end about the fat lady. Maybe ease up on the fistfuls of brownies, Bart.


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Jean said...

I would totally read this. Although I do wonder where Red's other half is--all he's got is two arms and a knee.

Tulse said...

I want to read the sequel: For a Few Brownies More.

Karl said...
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Karl said...

I want to read that back-cover blurb in a robotic monotone voice: "This-is-the-story-of-young-Steve-and-Linda-and-their-[buzz click]-exciting-vacation..."

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Bart King said...

I'll have as many brownies as I want, thank you.

ukemon said...

Cover art by Ray Sternbergh