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Topic: Title of book about man who can't read grocery shopping?

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Subject: Title of book about man who can't read grocery shopping?
Date Posted: 7/11/2008 4:42 AM ET
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I can vividly recall the illustrations in the book, darn it, but not the title!

A man pretends he knows how to read, but can't. When his wife gives him the grocery list to go shopping, he tries to go by the size & shape of the packages, but gets the wrong items. I believe in one illustration he is mad that what he thought was coffee turned out to be soap :p

Also, does anyone recall the name of the company who would ran a sort-of children's book of the month in the late 70s/80s? We would get these in a cardboard package. That was probably the best money my mom ever spent :D

Date Posted: 7/11/2008 7:51 AM ET
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There's Don't Forget the Bacon by Pat Hutchins, but it's not a man, it's a little boy who's trying to remember his mother's grocery list. It was published in 1976.

Here's a picture of the cover from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Forget-Bacon-Mulberry-Books/dp/0688131026/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215777257&sr=1-1



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Date Posted: 7/11/2008 4:23 PM ET
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Also, does anyone recall the name of the company who would ran a sort-of children's book of the month in the late 70s/80s?

Grolier?  They're still at it, in a roundabout way.  Scholastic acquired Grolier in @ 2000 - clubs link:  http://teacher.scholastic.com/clubs/forparents/

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 1:12 AM ET
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I remember that book, but can't remember the title.  I love Scholastic books.  I have a home daycare and signed up for their monthly flyers.  My daughters school does Scholastic too, but they only place a few orders a year.  I have started going to Scholastic warehouse sales and buying books there.  You can get them anywhere from 50% - 80% off.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 4:12 PM ET
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I have that book!  If it's the same one you're talking about, it's called The Little Old Man Who Could Not Read.  His wife goes away for a few days and he has to do his own grocery shopping.  He goes to the store to buy his favorite things and relies on the size and colors of the packages.  He ends up with things like soap flakes instead of oatmeal, wax paper instead of spaghetti, etc. and I think he ends up eating onion soup even though he hates it.  When his wife comes back she feels so sorry for him, she teaches him to read.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 10:35 PM ET
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yep. Little old man who couldn't read. That's it. We have it too and it is a favorite in our house. I am a substitute teacher and sometimes take it along with me for "down time" for the lower grades.