"But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there." – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The wonderful imagination of Roald Dahl sparked something in me as a child that I hope all children feel when they read a book. There’s a chance that your child may devour books up as soon as they’re introduced, forever marking them as a lover of literature. And there’s always the chance the books they read as children may influence their attitude toward learning and creativity for the rest of their lives. Because of this chance, you may find yourself buying as many books as you can. I know I do, and sometimes the books I find inspire my children to create Crayola masterpieces within their pages. When this happens, I cringe with the recollection of how much money was spent on my child’s repurposed book-now-art-portfolio. These days I’ve learned to purchase better books at a better rate. Now I buy gently-used books from ThriftBooks.com for my children’s classics. Leading book retailer Barnes & Noble normally charges $6.99 for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, plus shipping and handling. With Thrift Books, the price is only $3.97 and I don’t have to pay shipping because I live in the great USA! Next time you’re thinking about purchasing that brand new, special edition copy of Charlotte’s Web, try Thrift Books for a better deal.


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