Now and Then and Other Tales (hardcover) by Richard Seltzer
Collection of four children's stories.
Now and Then: "Once upon a space there was a time, a cute little time. Her name was Now. Her father was Yesterday, and her mother was Tomorrow..."
Julie's Book the Little Princess: "... here she was, an ordinary princess with a mother who loved her, and she was never miserable, and Prince Charming would never come to rescue her... unless she made herself miserable."
Mary Jane's Book: "... everything she just loved turned into a car, all the animals that is; and Mary Jane just loved all sorts of animals."
The Little Oops Named Ker Plop: "Once beneath a space there was an oops named Ker Plop. She had fallen all the way down through that vast empty space and had landed in the middle of nowhere."
hardcover, 64 pages
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Handlettered by the author. Illustrated by the author. Cover designed by Dave Gleason
"A highly original collection of short stories -- sometimes humorous, sometimes profound."
Philadelphia Daily News
"Seltzer has produced four charming stories for, he suggests, children around the age of nine. Adults will find the book has its appeal too: My favoite story is the one about the little princess who had a nice mother and was very happy and therefore very unhappy because how could Prince Charming come and rescue her if there was nothing to rescue her from?"