May 11th, 2015

the alligator's mouth: richmond's indie children's bookshop

This Saturday was ALLIGATOR themed in southwest London...

...for the grand launch of Richmond's new independent children's bookshop, The Alligator's Mouth!

There was much cake and Gruffalo:

And here's the team who run it! With all these indie bookshops shutting down, it's extremely brave to be opening one, but wonderful, too. Children's book sales are still on the rise, and we need our indies to look out for new talent and highlight the books picked by specialists, which might not necessarily be taken up by big chains. The three who run the shop are, from the right, artist and designer Mark Pembrey, Margaret Wallace-Jones and Tony West. Margaret and Tony used to run the Lion & Unicorn Bookshop, but the sky-high Richmond rent forced them to close. But they didn't let that beat them!

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