01 April, 2012

The Dinosaur Cookbook

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The Dinosaur Cookbook
Customer: I don't know why she wants it. but my wife asked for a copy of the Dinosaur Cookbook.
Bookseller: The Dinah Shore Cookbook?
Customer: That must be it; I wondered what she was up to.


Jen Campbell, who works in a bookshop in North London, collected some of the funny and weird things requested by customers. She had so many she turned them into a book called Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops.

Here are a few more examples:

Do you have any pop-up books on sex education?

Do you have this children's book I've heard about? It's supposed to be very good. It's called Lionel Richie And The Wardrobe.

Customer: Hi, have you seen my wife in here?
Bookseller: Erm, I have lots of wives in here, what does yours look like?
Customer: She's let herself go a bit, is short and her roots are showing.

I read a book in the Sixties. I don't remember the author, or the title. But it was green, and it made me laugh. Do you know which one I mean?

Customer: Do you have a copy of Jane Eyre?
Bookseller: Actually I just sold it this morning, sorry.
Customer: Oh, have you read it?
Bookseller: Yes, it's one of my favourite books.
Customer: Oh, great (he sits down). Could you tell me all about it? I have to write an essay on it.

Customer: Have you read every single book here?
Bookseller: No, I can't say I have.
Customer: Well you're not very good at your job are you?

Customer: Where do you keep your maps?
Bookseller: Over here, what kind of map are you looking for? A country. the UK, Europe, a world map?
Customer: I want a map of the sun.

Where do you keep Hamlet? You know 'to be or not to be?' Is it in philosophy?

Do you have a book which lists the weather forecast for the rest of the year?

Do you have any books in this shade of green, to match the wrapping paper I bought?

So ... this Kindle. Are the books on that hardback or paperback?

Customer: Do you have any medical textbooks?
Bookseller: Sorry, no. They go out of date so quickly we don't stock them, but I can order one in for you.
Customer: I'm not worried about it being in date.
Bookseller: Does your university not request you have a specific edition?
Customer: Oh, I'm not a medical student. I just want to learn how to do stitches.
Bookseller: ... Right.
Customer: Do you have a book on sewing instead?

Do you sell reading books? You know, books you can read?

And so the weird requests go on and on!

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