December 11, 2012

50 Stories

Well color me stoked, peoples! I have the most fabulous books finds for you today! Normally, I'm not a big fan of anthologies. I don't know why really, I guess I just don't see that many that really ring my bell. A big exception to that would be Andrew Lang's Color Fairytale books. Those are pure genius, and I own most all of them from childhood. Except for the Pink one! I gotta get the pink one.

So I was wandering through a used bookstore the other day, and I saw the covers of the books you see up above. I was like, Oh HELLO PRETTY COVER. These were new books! My used bookstore sells both new and used. I flipped through, not expecting much from the collection of stories or the art, because I'm SO JADED when it comes to books. 

Well that's what I get for my know-it-all, seen-it-all attitude! These books showed me who's boss. They are UNBELIEVABLY good. So good, I bought them both. '50 Fairy Stories' and '50 Magical Stories', one for Christmas, and one for Julia's birthday. 

I want to stress again that I don't really buy books anymore to live forever in my home unless they are fabulous. If they aren't utterly amazing, I can get them at the library. They have to walk up to me and pretty much make out with me to get me to buy them. Wait, that makes me sound easy. WHERE IS THIS GOING?

EIGHT DOLLARS. For a book that is gorgeous, filled with fabulous fairytales and stories from so many of the greats ~ Nesbit, L. Frank Baum (there's a story from 'American Fairy Tales'! When I saw that I knew these books were put together by someone who KNOWS THEIR BUSINESS.), the aforementioned Andrew Lang, Brothers Grimm, Tennyson, Kipling, Yei Theodora Ozaki (who wrote the best Japanese fairytale book ever written)....just to name a few.

This collection is BRILLIANT. And the art...nearly every page has some kind of artistic embellishment. Even the page borders are beautiful. It's incredible. We'll never run out of reading material, like, EVER.

Let's start with '50 Fairy Stories':

I love the way the contents are laid out in both of the books. So unique! I feel like I haven't really seen anything NEW, when it comes to a fairytale book, in a long long time, until now.


There are six artists who illustrated the book and their work is dreamlike, like a reverie just arrived from fairyland. Andrew was thinking that since a lot of the stories are within the public domain, not a ton of money had to be spent on publishing rights, freeing up more to pay for some kickass art. Another cool thing about this collection is that the reading aloud time in minutes is given. You can pick what you have time for!

I don't know about you, but I sure want to read 'The Fairy Fluffikins'. WHO WOULDN'T? There's even a fairy Christmas story!

And let me show you '50 Magical Stories':


What I really liked about both of these collections is that the stories contained are ones that are a bit off the beaten track ~ they aren't the SAME stories one typically sees over and over in fairy tale books. 'The Iron Casket'? What the heck is that? 'The Feast of Lanterns'? Never heard of it. That's AWESOME.

See up above? See the unicorn at the top right corner? These books are full of tiny details like that. Also, 'The King of the Polar Bears'? RAD.

The other thing I liked about these ~ longevity. There are shorter stories that would appeal to the K-2 crowd and longer, more complex stories that an 8-11 year old would appreciate. Books that can span ages like that are such fun. I'm thinking the Christmas fairies must have been looking out for me when these lovelies happened across my path! Oh and in case it wasn't clear from the photos, these little munchkins ain't so little ~ they weigh about 2 pounds! All this book for $8??? I'm not sure I understand this kind of extraordinary book magicness, but I'll take it. Merry Christmas!!! 

15 comments:

  1. Wow, these look great. You got an awesome deal! LOL@ mental image of you making out with a book hahaha!!

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    1. yah that's a little something that will serve to disturb for the remainder of one's day ~ enjoy! tee hee

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  2. So they are new??? And you only paid $8 each??? I don't get it! How can they sell such gorgeousness for only $8? What an amazing score!

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    1. YES! can you believe it?? I can't believe it, especially considering the size and heft of these things. It's an unexplained mystery, a bit akin to the great mystery of why hardcover Gyo Fujikawa books sell for under $10.

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  3. Wow! These are rather beautiful! I don't buy as many books as I used to - not having an employee discount anymore took care of that - but we still hit used sales and use our Scholastic order forms. I should purge, but it's sooooooooo hard!

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    1. One time I purged my cookbook collection and it was the hardest thing I've ever done! I accidentally purged something I regretted and I then discovered my mom also had a copy (Cold Weather Cooking by Sarah Leah Chase), so I went over and stole hers. I'm such a good daughter!

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  4. Ok, so I just bought both books for Christmas presents. They look fabulous!!!

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    1. ha ha, you're like me Beth! I had to have them both! So hope you and the recipients enjoy :)

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  5. What a great find!!! I think you really hit the jackpot this time! Fairy tales AND magnificent illustrations AND a cheap price? Too much goodness to pass :)

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  6. Wow! WE need these!!! Thanks for finding them and sharing them! I feel like we would read them over and over again. :)

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  7. Wow, these books are beautiful! I love that they give you reading times too! I have a big book of fairytales from when I was a kid that Audrey now owns, and *gasp* I colored in them when I was little. Can you believe I'd do a thing like that?! Audrey disapproves of that.
    These books look fabulous! I love the inside illustrations even more than the covers! Lovely!~

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  8. To Anonymous who wrote me on my sponsor page (if you see this!), I accidentally deleted your comment b/c everything on that comment section is showing up twice for some reason, will fix that! ~~ anyway, here was my reply to your question:

    "Hi! Every page has beautiful border art on it, but not every page has a large size illustration on it ~ I would say every two pages or so for those. For the size, it's chock full of art! It's not like normal paperback, the pages are thick and smooth like you would see in a hardcover book. Hope that helps!" :)

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  9. I've been following your blog for awhile now, and I'm continually in awe of your ability to find the most wonderful books. I have the Fairy book in my Amazon cart as I type- for some reason it qualifies for Prime and the Magic book doesn't. Had to laugh at your wondering why the Gyo Fujikawa books are so cheap as I've always wondered that myself!

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    1. Hi Jenny!! thank you so much for saying hello!! Makes my day!! I'm so glad you're going to be getting one of these beauties ~ I was so torn in the store, I didn't know what to do, which is why I got them both, hee :)

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