Saturday, December 16, 2006

Raisins Stuffed With Sleeping Powder

This is not very important in itself, but what the 'Net makes possible is so pleasing. Earlier this week on the Public Libraries email list, a librarian asked,
Subject: [Publib] Quails and Sleeping Pills?
Here's one. A lady here wants to find a book she read in junior high, sounds like a YA novel. All she can recollect of it is that there was an incident in the story in which a little boy fed sleeping pills to quails, and when they were asleep, collected them and took them to his father. We can find nothing.
and in about two hours, someone (gleefully) answered to the list
Subject: Re: [Publib] Quails and Sleeping Pills?
Ooh! Ooh! I think I know this one!
Try Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. It's pheasants, and he feeds them raisins stuffed with sleeping powder. I loved it.

When we wrote to ask permission to quote this little exchange, the first librarian replied that he had received the answer by email off-list "within ten minutes or so of my putting the question out there... My response to her was that it was the right book, and the lady who wanted it was still in the building." Is that magical, or what?

And yes, we have the book.

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