Like many of my co-workers, I have a love not only for books but also independent book stores wherever they may be. Every local bookstore is different with its’ own selection of books, people and unique atmosphere. I recently came back form a trip to the Twin Cities and visited one local bookstore that is sure to make an impression on anyone. The Wild Rumpus is a children’s bookstore located on a quiet street near some homes and other small stores.
From the moment I walked in (children have the option of using the smaller purple door) I could tell why kids love this store. Pimento, the chicken calmly preened herself in the window next to one of the three cats that lounge around the store. As I walked around I continued to discover other animals housed in cages tucked in corners or on shelves. A tarantula, lizards, doves, cockatiels, chinchillas and ferrets along with the staff and children running about secure the store’s place as a wild rumpus.
Then of course, there are the books. There are so many and such a variety of children’s and young adult books that a kid cannot avoid finding a book that captures their interest. The entire store invites kids to be inquisitive and explore which is what reading is all about. Encouraging children to read is vital, and this store does this beautifully within a controlled chaos that is amazing.