Blue-haired and wearing a cheerful red dress, she was every bit as brilliant as her surroundings, which were a mass of colour and books and stuff, all of it dedicated to catching the attention of little (and slightly less little) people.
Not forgetting the books, which practically cry out to be read by young visitors as they curl up on the sofa at the back.
I wish I'd been lucky enough to grow up alongside a bookshop.
Chicken and Frog Bookshop
7 Security House, Ongar Road,
Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9AT
Tel: 01277 230068