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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bookish Gifts for the Holidays


Looking for a great book to gift this holiday season?! Here are some awesome ideas...

PICTURE BOOKS

Stunningly illustrated, THE LOST GIFT (Schwartz & Wade | October 18, 2016 | Ages 4–8 years | $17.99) introduces Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel, all of whom are eagerly waiting for Santa to fly overhead. But when he finally does, a gift falls from his sleigh, leaving it up to the four friends to deliver it for him. Sweet, poignant, and starring a cast of truly adorable characters, this is a story sure to be shared year after year.






THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (Doubleday Books for Young Readers | October 18, 2016 | Ages 3–7 years | $14.99) shares the beloved carol in an innovative new way. As each page is turned, watch as twelve days of gifts appear through clever peek-through holes on each page! Young children will love anticipating all the presents and seeing them arrive as if by magic.






The Nutcracker author/illustrator: N Puttapipat
The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets, telling the captivating story of Clara and the Nutcracker prince as they journey into a land of fantasy. Inspired by Marius Petipa’s sets for the original production of the ballet, Niroot Puttapipat’s delicate silhouette illustrations dance across pale, watercolor-washed backgrounds in a unique interpretation. Starkly beautiful, this keepsake edition evokes all the magic and anticipation of Christmas Eve as Clara and the prince waltz between worlds—and culminates in a 3-D spread bringing the dreamlike Land of Sweets to life.
An exquisite gift edition of The Nutcracker captures the spirit of the Christmas ballet in elegant illustrations—and delivers a glorious pop-up finale.

An Artist's Alphabet author/illustrator: Norman Messenger
At first glance, this elegant alphabet book—showcasing both upper- and lowercase letters—seems to follow a familiar formula. There’s an acrobat standing atop a horse to form a big letter A and another curled under herself to make a small one. There’s a colony of beetles attached to the leaves they’ve munched, creating a big and a small letter B. But then comes the letter C, made of sea waves evoking the artist Hokusai. Or a lowercase I in the form of a pen that has left an ink smudge, or two kingly beasts that create the letter K. And what of the many letters, equally fantastical and fascinating, whose associations are left to the viewers’ imaginations? Ingenious and intriguing, beautiful and full of stunning detail, this is an alphabet book sure to invite many repeat explorations.
Readers will be mesmerized by these surreal and gorgeously rendered alphabet letters, cleverly shaped from flora, fauna, and more.


COLORING BOOKS

THE DR. SEUSS COLORING BOOK provides hours of creative fun for Dr. Seuss fans from 7 to 107, and has intricate illustrations and iconic images based on pages from such titles as The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who!, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!







Where's Waldo? The Coloring Book author/illustrator Martin Handford
Waldo insiders know that the intrepid traveler likes to sketch wherever he goes. Now fans are invited to follow suit by coloring Waldo’s classic scenes, from bustling, intricate landscapes to larger-scale images — while keeping an eye out for Waldo and other things, too!
Ready to put your eagle eye to a new challenge? Grab your markers or colored pencils and get creative by coloring scenes from Waldo’s adventures.




The twenty four festive designs include Christmas trees, gingerbread men, reindeer and more and are perfect for all ages to decorate and send to family and friends. Take inspiration from real life, or get experimental – try unusual colors and different materials to make each card truly unique! With enough blank space inside for a message, envelopes to customize and cute stickers to seal your card – this is the complete Christmas creative package!
Get creative with this amazingly innovative coloring book, full of beautifully-designed cards and envelopes to tear out and color.


OTHER BOOKS

Ultimate Oceanpedia (ages 7-10, $24.99) - Perfect for the ocean-obsessed, this book is the most complete ocean reference ever. Ultimate Oceanpedia is overflowing with amazing facts, photos, art and diagrams that take the reader on a journey through the ocean. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, turtles, sharks, fish, crustaceans, sponges -- from the weird to the wonderful -- they are all featured in breathtaking photographs with easy to read captions. Wild weather, underwater exploration and tips and pointers on how to help keep our oceans thriving round out this thick, keepsake volume.



The Book of Heroines and The Book of Heroes (ages 8-12, $14.99) - All kids are heroes in waiting and these two titles are sure to inspire.  In The Book of Heroines it's all about Girl Power!  Looking for a leading lady? How about more than 100 of them?  True stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, ladies in lab coats ad everyday people who all have two things in common -- they were girls and they changed the world.  From Michelle Obama, Jane Goodall and Wonder Woman to Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinem and Katie Ledecky, The Book of Heroines not only highlights how girls are just as tough as boys, but also challenges the reader to be a heroine herself and provides tips on how to unleash her inner heroine. The Book of Heroes highlights 100 guys who had the boldness, bravery and brains to meet the challenges of their day. Featuring a very diverse array of amazing minds, heroes from history, sports stars and even action heroes -- like Abraham Lincoln, Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking and Steve Irwin  -- boys will be sure to find more than just a few role models in the pages of this book and also perhaps inspire them that they, too, are capable of extraordinary things.  

Famous Fails! (ages 8-12, $12.99) - Perfect stocking stuffer! Discover Thomas Edison's failed inventions, what the Slinky was actually supposed to be, if Michael Jordan really was cut from his high school basketball team and what in the world Smell-o-Vision is.  Along with  the many wacky and weird -- and totally true -- strikeouts, wrong turns, foul food and pop culture disasters Famous Fails! gives kids the scoop behind what went wrong, what went right and what can be learned from it.






To celebrate the release of Patrick Ness’s acclaimed novel as a feature film, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, this gorgeous special edition of A Monster Calls includes Jim Kay’s original illustrations as well as a comprehensive bonus section featuring:
* enlightening new essays by the author (who also wrote the screenplay)
* interviews with the director, cast, and crew
* stills from the movie
* exclusive behind-the-scenes content
* previously unpublished early sketches by the illustrator, whose artwork inspires animated scenes in the film.
A deluxe hardcover edition of Patrick Ness’s masterpiece features the entire illustrated novel as well as more than one hundred pages of extraordinary film-inspired content.


Retro Photo: An Obsession: A Personal Selection of Vintage Cameras and the Photographs They Take (author/illustrator: David Ellwand). From the pinhole to the Pentax, Retro Photo: An Obsession is a visual journey through the history of photography, highlighting some of the iconic cameras of the analog era. Appealing to those new to film photography as well as the seasoned professional wanting to explore new avenues, this beautiful keepsake volume showcases more than one hundred cameras from the collection of photographer and author David Ellwand, along with photographs he has taken with them. At once an accessible guide to vintage cameras, a highly personal take on photographic history, and a celebration of classic design, here is a book that takes the fear out of old-style photography and puts the fun back in.
With exquisite original photos and boundless enthusiasm, David Ellwand offers a love song to film photography and the vintage cameras that capture it.

Hundreds of fascinating facts are waiting to be unearthed in this latest book from Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, the creative duo behind the best-selling Maps. Dive below the surface and find out what happens under earth and under sea—from early submarines and deep-sea life to burrowing animals and man-made tunnels. You will never look at the world in the same way again! Gorgeous design and quirky illustrations make this a book to be pored over again and again.
Discover the amazing world that lies just beneath the surface!



***DISCLAIMER***
I received copies of the books above for review/sharing purposes.





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