August 27, 2013

Books from Powell's

Remember how I mentioned that I had finally made it to the Awesomest Bookstore On Earth? Powell's Books? Well this is what I got:

When I was at Powell's, I decided that I would concentrate on getting chapter books that were good for Julia's reading interests and ability right now (she's 7 and about to go into 2nd grade). It pretty much was a knife to the gut to pass up the entire classics and fairy tale section, but I just didn't have the time to do all the exploring I wanted to do there.

I think if I had a week at Powell's, it still wouldn't be enough time.

The book I'm most excited about is 'Oddfellow's Orphanage' by Emily Winfield Martin, and I have been hankering after this book for a LONG LONG TIME. Martin has an Etsy shop, The Black Apple, with the most incredible things, and her work is just unbelievably lovely and old fashioned and sweetly romantic.





 See that little fellow up above? He's an onion boy! The premise of the story is that an unusual orphanage (it's a nice place! that's unusual in kid lit!) takes in unusual children and teaches them fairy tales and folklore, astronomy, and the study of mythical animals, as opposed to the more usual math, reading and spelling. Each chapter focuses on a specific character's experiences at the orphanage.

I'll be reading this one with Julia because there's NO WAY I can't not read this enchanting book.

As for 'Astrid, the Au Pair from Outer Space' by Emily Smith, well I don't know a thing about it other than WOULD YOU LEAVE A TITLE LIKE THAT IN THE STORE??

 Um, I thought the illustrations were Quentin Blake! But they aren't. Very much in his style though.

 I think Julia is a bit too young for 'Nicholas' by Rene Goscinny & Jean-Jacques Sempe, but I've been looking over this book for a long time, and I finally went ahead and got it. It's about a little French dude who has little French school boy adventures and it's supposed to be hilarious.

 Julia has never really cared two figs about the Rainbow Fairy series, but I discovered that there's a whole series of books about CANDY FAIRIES, and she thought that was swell. She read 'Candy Fairies: Chocolate Dreams' first, out of all the books we bought. (and I got a Halloween one as well, I'll show it off in October.) There are ton of books in this series and Julia LOVED it. After she finished it, she said "This book is very me." She loved the candy-centered storyline and there was also a naughty troll, and basically this book was a big hit.

'The Littles' by John Peterson is one Andrew vaguely remembers reading. It seems to be similar in theme to 'The Borrowers' but it's more slight, easier to read fare. Oh, the Littles have tails. That's funny.
Ok, I got 'Emily: The Story of a Traveler' by Emma Smith, just for myself, because it's so very Beatrix Potter-ish and has glossy color full page illustrations sprinkled throughout and there are guinea pigs and hedgehogs and geese and weasels and they do Cute Things in the country and it seems like a really cute combo of 'The Wind in the Willows' and name-a-Beatrix Potter-book. The copy I bought was used, but in absolutely perfect condition.

So that was our haul! Like I said before, Powell's is a Very Dangerous Place. Beware. Be prepared to part with your money. Be prepared to find some incredibly cool things.

20 comments:

  1. I've been meeting to check out the Candy Fairies! The illustrator has a beautiful blog called The Button and the Bean. We've exchanged comments before in the past actually. Oddfellow's Orphanage is very cute. It's heavier on character than on plot, but I really liked it. Looking forward to the next book! (I gather she plans to write a sequel, after her picture book comes out this fall.) Big Sis was looking over my shoulder and asked, Is that a Roald Dahl book? The illustrations for Astrid really do look like Quentin Blake. My grandmother used to read all The Littles books to me when I was very small. She doesn't remember them now! I made a point of buying a bunch of used copies, and she just said, I used to read those? Really?

    Looks like a fabulous haul! xoxo

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    1. The bedtime themed picture book by Martin looks amazing as well. And did you see her photo? She looks like a doll herself!

      Julia just loved the Candy Fairy book we got. I'm glad there are more for her to read! The Halloween one looks really cute :)

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  2. I am in love with the Oddfellow's Orphanage book! I want this book now! OMG the illustrations are just gorgeous! The orphans concept is done to the bone but I love them anyway and this one seems promising!

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  3. I forgot to add that the Nicholas books are hilarious!!! Mine are all in French so I don't know if the English version is as good but the stories should be just as great!!! It's a humor that I totally love as an adult so not sure if kids will get the jokes. Maybe they will but on a different level compared to adults.

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    1. oh you've read them!!! in french! how cool are you?? from what i've skimmed through, it looks pretty hilarious, i think J will like it another year or so...:)

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  4. Wow - it really did look like Quentin Blake. I'll have to pin a couple of these for when my girl is a bit older. I'm glad you found some good stuff at the most awesome bookstore ever =)

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    1. isn't that weird? was that like, an art style for awhile or something??

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  5. Well I just purchased the 'Oddfellow's Orphanage' plus a craft book from the same author (because I didn't want to wait until they go out of stock)!!! Can't wait to receive them :D

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    1. did you get that paper doll book? i'm fascinated by that one!

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    2. Yes I did! I was curious and I couldn't resist!

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  6. I love, love, love Oddfellow's Orphanage- thank you for mentioning her Etsy shop! I'm now going to have to order the book and print set. I'd love to know what you think of Emily once you read it- I love the illustrations. I could probably plan a trip to Portland based solely on Powell's, I think!

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    1. I'm really really excited for the Emily book! It looks just so charming and sweet! I seriously want some Black Apple notecards....I think they would be so great for sending to friends this fall, her work strikes me as autumnish...

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  7. Oh my word. I love them all. Seriously could they be any cuter?

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  8. I've been excited to see what you picked up at Powell's! (I'm reading still, just not commenting as frequently as I'd like to). I went to Powell's once. Such an overwhelming bookstore!!! But very cool. Those look like fabulous books! What fun!

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    1. Oh my Robyn! I MISS YOU! I feel like you have gone on an extended ocean voyage or something. :) Kissies to you and the kidlets xo

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  9. An onion boy? That is too cute! And yes, I totally thought that those drawings were from Quentin Blake too! And candy fairies? We might need to find that! (Not so much fans of the rainbow fairy books here either...but pretty much obsessed with any other fairy information we can get our hands on.)

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    1. Julia seemed way more into this candy fairy biz than she ever was into those rainbow faireez :)

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