In My Mailbox

These are some books that arrived unsolicited this week.

Classic illustrations convey the magic of St. Nick’s visit, from the shadows cast by his sleigh to the twinkling eyes and rosy cheeks of his friendly face.

A fresh take on a timeless fairy tale

This stunning edition of the favorite fable about a little girl in red on her journey through the woods makes brilliant use of laser die-cut paper and silhouette-like illustrations to enliven every page. Sybille Schenker’s evocative and exquisite illustrations bring a unique beauty and graphic excellence to this beloved favorite.

A young bird finds the strength to overcome bullying

Little Raven was last to hatch in the nest and the last to learn to fly, but he was the first to be teased and ridiculed. His only wish was to fly and play with the others, so one day he took a dare and, to show his courage, Little Raven decides to fly to the moon. Beautifully produced and with artwork from an acclaimed illustrator, this picture book gently handles the issue of wanting to find acceptance.

One of the best loved of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, this retelling of The Snow Queen is both delightful and accessible.

These timeless, classic stories have been gloriously illustrated and made accessible for younger children to read alone, or for all the family to enjoy together. This fresh approach brings the stories and their characters to life. There are also special pages giving background detail to set the scene of each story.

When the Snow Queen abducts her friend Kai, Gerda sets out on a perilous and magical journey to find him.

Michael Hague’s Treasured Classics

Are you looking for a special gift for the young reader on your list? Look no further than Michael Hague’s Treasured Classics.

Acclaimed illustrator Michael Hague shares his talents with young readers in this beautiful collection of classic stories. From “The Story of Chicken-Licken” to “Jack and Beanstalk,” and from The Three Billy Goats Gruff” to “Cinderella,” these children’s classics are brought to life by Hague’s stunning artwork. Glossy pages are filled with beautifully detailed illustrations that will delight readers of all ages.

Michael Hague’s Treasured Classics is a beautiful collection any reader would be pleased to own for many years to come.

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  • Publisher:Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10:081184904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811849043
  • SRP:  $19.99

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

His Shoes Were Far Too Tight by Edward Lear, Masterminded by Daniel Pinkwater

Celebrate nonsense poetry and its father in His Shoes Were Far Too Tight by Edward Lear, masterminded by Daniel Pinkwater.

As a child, Pinkwater was captivated by The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear.  In this wonderful tribute, he has captured Lear classics such as “The Pobble Who Has No Toes,” “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “The Jumblies,” and more. Coupled with the equally zany artwork of Calef Brown, young readers are sure to be laughing out loud at this lyrical collection.

This book is too fun to pass up.

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  • Publisher:Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10:0811867927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811867924
  • SRP:  $16.99

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation to provide my review.

Dr. Seuss Trivia from Don’t Know Much About Anything Else by Kenneth C. Davis

I had the chance to read Don’t Know Much About Anything Else by Kenneth C. Davis in 2008. You can read the review here.

Dr. Seuss was featured on Page 45. Here is a trivia question from that book:

“Which Dr. Seuss book used just 220 words?”

Do you care to take a guess?  You won’t win anything but at least you’ll have a bit of Dr. Seuss trivia to share with your friends.

We’ll share the answer tomorrow.

American Profile Lists the Ten Best-selling Children's Books of A Generation

kids_readingAmy Houts, writing for American Profile, listed the ten best-selling children’s books published between 1946 and 1964.

Take a look at the article and see if any of your favorites are there.  I’ve read or own seven of them.  How about you?