Ok here’s what is very funny about this picture. You’d assume that all these books were given to Julia, right? NO NO. My brother gave me the awesome leatherbound ‘Narnia’ book and my ma gave me ‘The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury’, which is INCREDIBLE and seriously has, like, EVERYTHING. I mean everything that is worth having in Kid Lit.
‘Frog & Toad’, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, ‘Curious George’, ‘Pooh’, Dr. Suess stuff, ‘Good Night Moon’, ‘Good Night Gorilla’, Jenny the Cat, some Rosemary Wells, ‘Madeline’, Kevin Henkes, Babar…it just goes on and on. Stuff for littles, stuff for biggers, I’m amazed at how well the great picture book classics are covered here. FANTASTIC.
Let’s go in some kind of order.
The ‘Narnia’ hardcover has the original Pauline Baynes illustrations. There’s neat additional info about the series, like in what order the books were written, as opposed to the order in which they were published. COOL NARNIA BOOK NERD STUFF LIKE THAT.
Did you see that ‘Wake Up Sloth!’ booky up above? Julia longed with all of her being for a baby sloth puppet this Christmas (????). She saw it in a bookstore, and we got it (and said it was from our cat Sally, which confused the BLOODY LIVING HELL OUT OF HER, like she was having a breakdown trying to get out of me whether or not the cat really gave this to her. I was trying to be funny! I should have told her it was a joke, right from the get-go. But I was like, “yes the cat gave it to you” and then she wanted to know if I wrapped it for the cat and I was like “of course, cuz that’s hard for cats”, and it was all SUCH AN ORDEAL OF DECEPTION AND LIES and I totally thought she would get the joke and she totally didn’t. I also put a tag on a present saying that it was from her blanky, and that went over like a lead balloon as well, in terms of confusing the living %$#@! out of her.
(oh this year? 2013? there will be light swearing. Hide your kids!)
Anyhoo, our other cat Rosebud gave her this super cool pop-up Sloth book to go with the sloth puppet. I was worried that she’s too old for pop-ups but she loves the book and it has a nice environmental message (hey! don’t cut down all the trees!).
The ‘Pippi Moves In!’ book is comic-book style and since we read ‘Pippi’ this past summer, it was exciting to see this version show up from Santa. Santa has been reading Vintage Books My Kid Loves.
Ok so back to the treasury. Its got some of this stuff in it:
STILL READING? Because we got a couple more books!
I got ‘The Sandman’ book I was hankering after, and it’s a STUNNER. Super cool, and the most amazing pix. I LOVE IT. Haven’t bothered to ask the kiddo what she thinks of it.
And lastly, I got ‘The Scorpio Races’ by Maggie Stiefvater from Andrew. I asked him for it and bless him, he ponied up. Get it? PONIED UP? And it's about horses? (magical water horses yo!) I won't even bother apologizing for the stupid I just laid on you there. Not EVEN GONNA BOTHER.
I was nervous about this because I read her ‘Shiver’ trilogy and I liked those, but I didn’t LOVE them, but I had heard such amazing reviews of this one. SO well written! IT WAS FABULOUS and I’m so happy to own it because I immediately started re-reading it after I read it the first time, which I did the week between Christmas and New Years. It’s so fab that I’m going to see if I can create a visual review for it, the way I did for ‘The Night Circus’.
I also got a couple (or four) cookbooks, but people, I am DONE for today. It took me 9 million hours to put in all the links.