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Office Hijinks

If you are a follower of this blog, you may remember that last year my shoes were stolen and a treasure hunt left in their place.

Chronicle Books is a great place to work. It’s full of funny, smart, creative people… who keep stealing my stuff. At least they leave clues.

Announcing…
Treasure Hunt 2012!
(Apologies to the authors and artists of the excellent books defaced in the name of office prankery.)

When I get to my desk in the morning, I see this:

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What’s that on my desk? It’s not my nametag, which (ahem) has been missing for months. Is it this exuberant book?

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No, it’s not.

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That’s me on the cover. Yes, I feel beautiful.

And when I look inside…

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Aha! The “fungus” and “artist” reference leads me upstairs to the event space, where a recent art show included a set of strange and beautiful images of mold.

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And nearby, look! Is it this adorable book?

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No, it’s not.

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There is some creative Photoshop at work here. All of these are copies of the same photo of me.

And inside the book…

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The bolded letters spell… “nails”… “nails”… “nails”… and “TEOSR.” It’s an anagram for “STORE”!

I hot-foot it downstairs, where Chronicle has a bookstore that is open to the public.

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And look! Is it this fabulous book?

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No, it’s not.

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And inside the book, another clue:

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The bolded letters read “OSCRDNFEOLO”—an anagram for “second floor”—and the list creates the acronym “kitchen.”

Back up the elevator, and into the second floor kitchen, and what do I find in the cupboard? Is it this savory book?

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No, I’m afraid not.

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I do look nice in a chef’s coat, though!

And inside the book…

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The resolution of this photo may not be good enough, but if you can read it, you’ll notice that the text of this innocent Boston Cream Pie recipe has been altered to have many devious instances of “crit” and “space.” Ok, ok—up to the third floor, to the design crit space, where our designers get together to share their work.

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I’ve never noticed that here before, though. And balanced on top… is it this poignant book?

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No, it is not.

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And inside… oh lord.

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But on the right-hand page is a photo of our vending machine, and taped to the page, TWO QUARTERS!

Ooo! I run back up to the fourth floor, and there, in the vending machine…

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Look closely…

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My nametag! Just how long has it been here?

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Ah, sweet nametag! I missed you!
You can’t see it here, but my middle name is REVENGE.

Thanks for the fun, mysterious prankster(s)!
I will treasure these books.

Melissa Manlove
Chronicle Children’s Group

Melissa Manlove

Melissa Manlove is a children’s book editor and, in her spare time, a bookseller.
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