We Got Some Books for Christmas!

January 3, 2013

_DSC0015Ok 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.

_DSC0044_DSC0045The ‘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!)

P1030841P1030842Anyhoo, 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.

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Ok so back to the treasury. Its got some of this stuff in it:

P1030843P1030848P1030849P1030852P1030853P1030859STILL 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.


P1030860P1030863P1030865And 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.

P1030866I 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.




24 comments:

  1. My mom is giving me money to 'get what I want' for a Christmas present and I'm totally just wanting to go out and get some more vintage children's books with the money! So I think your family is awesome for picking out those presents for you! We bought the Pippi book too - so cute - my daughter whipped through it quickly! I'm a Narnia nerd too and seriously considering getting that book!

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    1. My mom in law gives me an Amazon card every yr and says get something for yourself! and I get kid books. They ARE for myself, tee hee! The Narnia book, I gasped when I opened it. I'm a gasper.

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  2. Links are hard. (So #$%@ hard?) ;)

    I love the treasury. I used to look through it at work. Wake Up, Sloth! looks amazing! We don't own any pop-ups. The good ones aren't cheap, and I was afraid they'd be damaged. I recognize your Narnia there! I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in high school, but none of the others. I have a boxed set of the books, too. They're on my list to read this year. Not that I completed my list last year, but I did add a TON of books as the year progressed...

    Yay for Pippi!

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    1. Links are a pain in the @ss! seriously had no idea before I started blogging how much work it all is. This post, from photo taking to editing to writing and linking, took several hours. I was happy to have this Narnia b/c the ones I have are some really dingy old paperbacks that are in terrible condition!

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  3. Wow! You had an amazing booky Christmas!!! :) That treasury looks amazing! And I love your story about Julia's present from the cat. :) One year, when Miss C. was about 2.5, she had a bit of an obsession with Darth Vader (no, she'd never seen the movies... she just liked him for some reason). So we wrapped up a present at Christmas and marked it from him. She got incredibly shy when we told her who it was from. It was so cute and funny! :)

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    1. HA HA HA! Love that, Michelle! hilarious! kids are so wacky. I should have just told her mommy was making a little joke. ack.

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  4. Oh my goodness I absolutely adored Frances. My favorites were Bedtime for Frances and A Bargain for Frances. Have you read The Magician's Nephew yet? I sat down and read it last year (didn't take long) for the first time. I'd read all the others in elementary school, but decided to do a re-read.

    I absolutely loved your story about the present being from the cat. Too funny!

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    1. Oh YES I've read them all many many times!! That one is a particular favorite. C.S. Lewis intended it to be read first, before The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. NARNIA NERD TRIVIA!

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  5. Grandma Sue1/3/13, 11:17 AM

    I have to confess that she picked up instantly on my look of scepticism when she told me she got a gift from blankie. (me)"You did??" (J)"Don't you think I did?" (Me)"Well, if you did you did. I was just surprised. What did blankie give you?" She still looked at me like I had just told her Santa Claus didn't exist. Oh, well, all's well that ends well. xoxo

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    1. Basically I immersed myself in verbal quicksand and felt like with each word, I manged to dredge myself further into the muck...:)

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  6. What a haul! My soon-to-be 8 year old daughter will love the Pippi comic book. And *I* will look forward to the light swearing, lol!

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  7. Nice haul! We got that treasury as a gift when my oldest was born and I always forget about it. It was too heavy to hold and read to him when he was tiny, and now I'm pretty sure I've bought most of the books individually.

    My husband commented on Christmas morning about how few books were under the tree this year, and seemed happy about it. I thought it wise not to tell him that it was because I bring them home by the boxful year round, and just put them away without any fanfare. Couldn't possibly find hiding places for all of them until Christmas. And yeah, a lot of them are for me anyway!

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    1. ha ha ha I do that too, stealth book buying...:)

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  8. Oh, and my son came downstairs about an hour ago - couldn't sleep. Nothing wrong, nothing hurt, one of those "so what am I supposed to do about it?" situations. Made him Moonlight Tea...not a peep since. :)
    Awesome!

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  9. Oh, how alike we are! :) I buy kiddo books all the time for myself, though if my son shows an interest, we will read them together (but they go right back on Mommy's bookshelf after we are done!!) :D That Narnia book is exquisite and I will have to add that treasury to my Goodreads list. Seriously, after perusing your blog, I will be on the computer for hours adding books to my amazon wishlist or my goodreads list, finding more similar books through searches... it is never ending, hehe. :) I love the Sandman book as well, all of the Guardian books are killer. The Guardians is the first movie we took our 5 year old son to and he did so well and loved it. Needless to say, he has a collection of those books now, plus about 10 others he received for Christmas. (Poor kid, he is a book hoarder already thanks to Mommy and Daddy!) Lori Ginn Reed

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    1. Oh and I think Pinterest has totally done me in as far as adding to my Wish List Of Books. It just never ends.... I think I spend more time looking for books than actually reading them :)

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  10. good stuff!! I was hoping you'd share your loot with us! I think we will get the pippi book for next year! We are one year behind julia, so I can plan ahead and see what she is liking! It's so convenient for me--thank you! :) And hooray for light swearing in 2013! Can't wait to see what you have for us!

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    1. So cool right? I have a friend whose son is 8 or 9 and he reads really great books that I think J will like when she is older -- it's like having virtual book hand-me-downs, in a way....

      And hello V!!! I've missed chatting with you and others due to everyone laying low at holiday time :)

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  11. OMG--I did the SAME thing, marking one present for each kid from the cat (they happened to all be cat-related, and like you, I thought it would be funny). 9-yr-old thought it was funny. 5-yr-old didn't care or didn't read the label. 7-yr-old reacted just like Julia: HOW can it be from the cat? Who's it really from? He can't wrap with his paws! It took her days to accept the joke. Luckily she likes the cat t-shirt.

    We tried reading Pippi with the 7-yr-old, but she did not connect with it at all. Too much nonsense for her. She's into Betsy-Tacy and most anything written from the perspective of an animal--the only fantasy she approves of (Mercy Watson is a favorite). We're going to start Ginger Pye and Charlotte's Web soon.

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    1. I think we have a parallel lives thing going on! I noticed on your bio on your bloggy that you're an ex-attorney...me too!! My daughter is 7 next month and she just began Betsy-Tacy at school! Betsy-Tacy was one of my all time favs as a child. The whole series. Also I recognize you from Dinner a Love Story, I think we both have left comments there. Hurray for books and food! I think I now know about 5 or 6 Melissa bloggers, we should start our own club :)

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    2. Yes, and from Jules' book club. :) Weirdly, I never read Betsy-Tacy as a kid, so it's fun reading it now--we're read for the 4th book, I think. I am so glad I have 3 children, so there's a good chance at least one will bond with me over all the books I like. My oldest is my fantasy reader, and just finished The Daydreamer by Ian McEwan, and recommended it to me.

      We should definitely start a club. We're catching up with all the Jennifers. :)

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    3. THAT'S RIGHT! we like the same stuff! so awesome. I have the one kiddo and I'm stricken with fear that she might not love a book the way I do. aaaaagh! I guess I'll just have to deal :)

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