I had a copy of Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr when I was a kid. Neither the book nor the name of the book made it with me to adulthood. I had only a vague memory of a stripy cat who couldn't remember how to get back in the house and scared a burglar. Weird story, but I have to tell you how the book came back into my life. I indulge my baser nature while at work by reading gossip magazines on my break. I like to look at the British tabloids since I rarely know who any of the people are. I happened to be flipping through HELLO! when I saw a picture of all the little boys in Elizabeth Hurley's wedding party being read to by a nanny while they waited for the ceremony to start. There, staring out at me from the cover of the book was MOG! Makes sense, Judith Kerr is a Brit. I immediately ordered in a 6-in-1 collection of stories as well as a few others. I love them to bits. The illustrations are simple and definitely look like they are from the 1960s (the first MOG book was published in 1970) but there is something winsome and lovable about Mog and the scrapes she gets herself into. Actually, got herself into. Goodbye Mog, published in 2002, is about Mog's peaceful death and is one of the BEST picture books dealing with the passing of an animal I have ever read.
And one last book from my childhood I am still trying to get my hands on (for less than an arm and a leg) about a monster who is hungry but can't speak properly. He asks for "fickles" when what he really wants is pickles, and so on. Not sure why it stuck with me, but I'll find out soon enough since I broke down and ordered it online.
Speaking of out of print, Mark Teague, most famous now for illustrating Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs... series, has illustrated and written and illustrated some really great books that, while not vintage (less than 20 years old) still worth seeking out at a library sale of thrift store!
Since I've never given much space to him and I love his work so much, I'll leave you with some Mark Teague books that are still in print.
And, his first young adult novel which I bought the day it was released and promise to review soon....