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Edward Ormondroyd


David and the Phoenix-original

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Imagination Greene

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Edward Ormondroyd served in WWII and attended the University of California at Berkeley.  He has written several children's books and has raised seven children in upstate New York.

LOGANBERRY LEGACY
There's a cult following for David and the Phoenix....  discover it for yourself if you don't know it already.  Purple House Press brought it back to print in 2000, sold out the hardcover printing, and then issued it in paperback five years later.  Oh goodie, now it's cheap enough to be a stocking stuffer for every 10-12 year old on your giving list.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
* designates a title still in print
All in Good Time.  Illustrated by Ruth Robbins.  Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1975. 
Broderick. Illustrated by John Larrecq. Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1969.
* Castaways on Long Ago. Illustrated by Ruth Robbins. Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1973.  New illustrations by Karen C. Rhine.  Green Mansion Press, 2003.
*David and the Phoenix. Illustrated by Joan Raysor. Follett Publishing, 1957.  Weekly Reader, 1958.  Purple House Press, 2000, 2005.
Imagination Greene. Illustrated by John Lewis. Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1973.
Johnny Castleseed. Illustrated by Diana Thewlis. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
Jonathan Frederick Aloysius Brown. Illustrated by Suzi Spector. San Carlos: Golden Gate Junior Books, 1964.
Michael, the Upstairs Dog. Illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres. New York: Dial Press, 1967.
The Tale of Alain. Illustrated by Robert Frankenberg. Chicago: Follett, 1960.
Theodore. Illustrated by John M. Larrecq. Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1966.
Theodore's Rival. Illustrated by John Larrecq. Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1971.
*Time at the Top. Illustrated by Peggie Bach. Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1963.  Purple House Press, 2002.

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Used Books

Broderick.  Illustrated by John Larrecq.  Parnassus Press, 1969.  Ex-library copy with usual markings.  Front dustjacket flap cut.  G+/G.  $15.00

Broderick. Illustrated by John Larrexq. Parnassus Press, 1969. Children's Choice Book Club Edition. Hardcover. Missing dustjacket. Pages clean. Cover shoes wear on edges and spine. G. $6.00

Imagination Greene. Illustrated by John Lewis. Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1973.  Dust jacket torn at top of spine, otherwise a nice and clean copy.  VG/VG-  $18

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New Books

Castaways on Long Ago. Green Mansion Press, 2003.  New illustrations by Karen C. Rhine.  New hardcover, $12.95

David and the Phoenix.  Purple House Press, 2005.  New paperback, $8.99

Time at the Top. Illustrated by Peggie Bach. Purple House Press, 2002.  New hardcover, $17.95 

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Hey, where's my favorite title?

Out-of-print books are harder to stock than new books, and some are hard to find, period.  If the title you are seeking is not listed for sale above, that probably means that I am currently out of stock.  However, I am always on the lookout for books, and will gladly quote you when I do find your coveted book. To add your name to my Wants Files, simply fill out a Book Request Form and I will e-mail you when I have a copy in stock.  Thanks.

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SELECTED STUMPERS & REQUESTS
This was a book about a little boy who became friends with a phoenix who loved ice cream (pistachio, I think), and took the boy to meet all kinds of strange creatures (including griffons, if I remember correctly). At the end of the book, the phoenix builds a pyre, which the boy tries to stop. He is unsuccessful, and a new phoenix arises to be the boy's friend. It's possible that this is The Phoenix and the Carpet by Edith Nesbitt, but I haven't been able to find a copy to check.

The correct title is David and the Phoenix it was written by Edward Ormondroyd who also authored several other excellent children's books. It was published in 1957 or 1958. It was a monthly selection of the Weekly Reader Book Club. The cover was yellow with a black phoenix embossed on it. It was also published in paperback and hard cover library edition. It is the favorite book of every child who I have spoken to who read it. There is a rumor that a movie of the book is being made.

T41 Time Travel Again!
So glad to find this site. I remember a book that I used to check out from the library over & over in the late 60's, early 70'. It was about two children & their father (I think), a widower, who live in an old victorian type house. The children discover theycan go thru the door of the grandfather's clock & travel back 100 years to the same town & house. The father goes with them & falls in love with a woman & they eventually stay in the past. Thanks for any help! 

T41 Time Travel Again!
I think the person is thinking of TIME AT THE TOP by Edward Ormondroyd. A girl who lives in NYC unknowingly helps a fairy in disguise and is granted "3". (If this part doesn't ring a bell, don't worry. It's a minor part right in the beginning) Turns out the "3" is three trips into the past. She takes the elevator in her building to the top, but when the door opens, she finds herself in a Victorian house in the past. The two children in the house (a brother and sister, I believe) take her in. They are worried their widowed mother is going to marry a slimy suitor. The girl returns to her own time, and brings back her widowed father, who ends up marrying the children's mother.

Edward Ormondroyd, David and the Phoenix. 'David and the Phoenix was my favorite book too, from over 45 years ago.  I remembered it many years later and hoped I could find the book when I was visiting home and did.Rereading it as an adult evoked that same magical feeling I had as a child.

I was just searching around for links to add to a web site featuring a children's book titled Flight of Fantasy, when I found your delightful site. Interestingly enough, you had a request for a book titled David and the Phoenix. Flight of Fanatasy is a gentle and loving reworking of the same story. All of the original chapters and most of the original text are intact, with some added material and just a tiny bit of polishing. This story was the new author's favorite childhood book (he's a childhood friend of mine). He sought out Edmond Ormondroyd and received the author's blessing to produce this new version (the original had fallen into the public domain). The book now includes several full color illustrations and is available in hardback. I hope that this information is of some use to you and your clientle. Please take a look at several chapters and illustrations online.

I just read that David and the Phoenix is out of print. I know that there are some others who would also desire to read it, and I would like to know how to get this book back in print. Thank you for your time.

I remember what I considered to be a series of books, perhaps 5 or 6, about the adventures of  David and Phoenix and the last book detailed the Phoenix building a pyre and emerging as a new bird with no memory of David.  I was always under the assumption that Edmond Ormondroyd was the author of all of them since they all had David in them.  Would like to locate the rest of the books.  Thank you.

My mother used to read this book to my six siblings and I at bedtime.  it was our favourite and her 67th birthday is coming up.  We would all like to sign it and tell her how much we enjoyed her reading to us and how this has extended to a life long love of books and reading.  My brother "David" who is now 39 years of age and works for the forestry still likes to pretend it was about him.

Edward Ormondroyd, David and the Phoenix. I am so glad that there are so many fans of this wonderful book out there.  In my circle of friends, I am the only one who ever heard of it.  I have often thought over the years that it needed to be reprinted since it is such a classic.  I am glad someone did it.  I also thought it needed well done sequels.  Is Ormondroyd still alive?  Sounds like he is at least as of the time of reprinting.

David and the Phoenix. The person who thought it was a series of books may have thought that  because many schools (like mine) read it in installments, in class.


 
 
 
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