When you step through the lovely purple door at Wild Rumpus Books in Minneapolis, be prepared to be surprised! A visit to this exceptional Indie bookstore is an adventure in itself.
“During its twenty-year course, Wild Rumpus has had a sort of conversation with the book The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. In 1992, we first used this story as a kind of blueprint for building the store. And today it continues to teach us about books and young people, and about adults who love them … Architecture … allows us a front-to-back spatial progression. Our store’s front doors open into a fairly conventional interior with carpet, a comfortable reading chair and floorlamp. Midway, things begin to change, there’s a tree-trimmer sheetrocked in the ceiling on a ladder, and the ceiling itself at this point starts to crack open to the sky. At the back, with birds above and rats beneath a garden shed, the store wants you to feel like you’re outside.”
Birds? Rats? Well, yes, and cats! While browsing through the store’s extensive collection of children’s books, you may very well meet up with one of many tail-less Manx cats like Trini, Sumo Mouse or Daniel. Speaking of mice (or rats), try not to jump if Tilly and Pip stop by to say hello to you. Ever heard of a chinchilla? Well, after a visit to Wild Rumpus you can claim the acquaintance of not just one, but two, Amelia and Mr. Skeeter. Believe it or not, all of these animals and more call the bookstore their home.
For a really wild time, stop in at the store for Tail Time every Monday at 10:30 am. At Tail Time, you can listen to stories, sing some songs, and generally make a ruckus. While you’re there, sign up for a book club and receive 20% off of any books featured in any of the store’s book clubs, such as The Book Eaters (ages 2-3), The Ink Drinkers (ages 4-6), or Beer and Comics (21 and up).
The store also offers special events such as the PJ Party on the Trolley (Yes, you read that right. Make sure your jammies are nice and clean!). In the Rumpus Reads program, Wild Rumpus picks one middle grade book and one young adult/adult book for a community reading event which goes throughout the month of August. Then, at the end of the month, they host parties with the authors (one for each book).
If you like to walk on the wild side, then Wild Rumpus is the store for you!