Happy Haul-idays with Chronicle Books–Our Chance to Win!

Celebrate the Haul-idays with Chronicle Books. I’ve been reviewing titles for Chronicle Books for some time now. I have to admit I’ve never come across a bad one in the bunch.  They are running a fabulous giveaway this season that you’re certainly going to want to take advantage of.

I am posting a list of Chronicle Books titles I would like to win valued up to $500. One lucky blogger will win their entire list of books. You’ll find my list below.

But hold on, because that’s not all. You’re going to have a chance to win this list of books also. One lucky person who comments here has the opportunity to win my list, so be sure you check in here and leave a comment. If you go to the Happy Haul-idays page at the Chronicle Books website, which you’ll find at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/happyhaulidays/, you’ll find more blogs and more chances to win.

Visit their Official Rules page for more information at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/happyhaulidays/rules.html

Here is my list. All prices are rounded to the nearest dollar.

Lincoln in 3-D: Amazing and Rare Steroscopic Photographs of His Life and Times $35 (I’m a Civil War buff)


Mama’s Book of Little Lifesavers: 394 Ways to Save Your Time, Money, and Sanity $15


The Little Book of Saints $20


Deadgame $24


Night Game $24


Shell Games $10


Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights $17


Secret Lives of the Civil War: What Your Teachers Never Told You About the War Between the States $17


Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else $35


Christmas with Rita and Whatsit $15


The Royal Show: Horse Crazy Book 4 $5


The Sea Rescue: Horse Crazy Book 3 $5


The Circus Horse: Horse Crazy Book 2 $5


Ivy and Bean: Bound to Be Bad $6


The Ivy and Bean Secret Treasure Box: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, and a Cool Secret Surprise $20


Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter $6


Nana Cracks the  Case! $15


The World’s Greatest: Poems $17


The Whitby Witches $18


The Story of the Treasure Seekers $15


Pocket Cash $20


D.I.Y. Delicious $25


Contest ends at 11:59 PM (ET) on December 14, 2010.

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Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor

Do you have a family of goodie lovers?  If you say no, I probably won’t believe you.  This has to be the best cookbook for goodie lovers, even the title is perfect.  What lover of sweets doesn’t want to own a cookbook that says Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids on it?  Actually, it should say kids of all ages, but that’s probably because my sweet tooth refuses to grow up too.

In this spiral bound book, sweet lovers will find three sections of sticky, chewy, messy and gooey treats to make with their kids.  I’m wondering if O’Connor and I were separated at birth because her Introduction to this book says, “I have a secret. Baking with children isn’t always easy…My older daughter, Olivia, in all her teenage wisdom, likes to call me, ‘mean chef’.”  And here I thought my kids were the only ones that called their mommy “big, fat meanie”. 

Also in her Introduction is her objective to make baking with kids stress-free for parents by having recipes that are simple and made with common pantry staples–Thank You!–and some that kids can make with little adult help.  I’m in heaven already and I haven’t gotten past Page 7.

When this book came in, my two girls who love to “help” me cook/bake fought over who would get to see it first.  I won, so I got to see it first.  Na, na!  Kudos go out to the book designer and also photographer Leigh Beisch for putting together such an attractive cookbook, with tons of appealing pictures and lovely details such as the scalloped edges on the pages. 

O’Connor put together a great deal of fabulous content and managed to create a cookbook you will find yourself turning to time and again.   From Pepperminty Wintery White Hot Chocolate–what we hope to try soon–to Jumbled Berry Jam, and from A Is for Apple Pie-Stuffed French Toast to Chock-a-Block Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Muffins, you and your kids will be able to make treats for any event or just to have at home for no reason at all.

Also included is a list of equipment, some tips on ingredients, and a section titled “Success Made Simple” which shows you the importance of getting organized, reading the recipe completely, measuring correctly and taking your time.  The author has also included little tid-bits of commentary throughout the cookbook that you’ll find helpful.  The last page of the book is a Table of Equivalents.

Now is the perfect time to pick up a copy of Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor and to get your kids baking for the holidays.  There are so many great recipes in here that I don’t even know what to try first!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:  Chronicle Books
  • ISBN 9780811867825
  • ISBN10 081186782X
  • SRP:  $19.95

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Princess Tea by Janeen A. Sarlin with Noelle Shipley

Princess TeaEvery little princess is going to want you to host a party for her and her friends like the ones you’ll find in Princess Tea: Parties and Treats for Little Girls. 

Following a touching preface and informative introduction, Princess Tea takes you and your child on a journey around the world with different themed party ideas from China, the South Sea Islands, the Southwest United States, Mexico, France, India, and Africa.  And what tea party planning book would be complete without a trip to Fairyland.

With decoration ideas and recipes, along with many hints to make things easier, this book will help you create memorable parties for your child and her princess friends. 

The photography provided by Sheri Giblin is out of this world.  The girls are adorable and the treats all look yummy.  Special kudos go out to the designer for putting together such an attactive and eye-catching book.

Whether you’re planning a fiesta or a country garden tea party, you’ll want Princess Tea by your side.  No book has ever made me feel like entertaining before, but Princess Tea makes me want to send out invitations tomorrow!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10: 0811861775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811861779
  • SRP: $19.95

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    Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms by Jane Doiron

    Make Ahead MealsSo, why exactly are we featuring a cookbook at The Kids Book Connection?  Well, kids like to eat, right?  🙂

    As soon as I heard this book was going on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion, I knew I had to review it.  Here is what supper time is like around my house.

    Me:  Okay, what does everyone want to eat?

    Daughter 1:  I don’t know.  What have we got?

    I proceed to rattle off the list of possibilities and sometimes get an immediate response, then turn to Daughter 2 and ask the same question.

    Daughter 2:  What do we have?

    Me:  (blood pressure now rising) I just told you what we have.

    Daughter 2: I don’t remember what you said.

    I go through the list again, with a lot less patience than the first time.  After about ten minutes–which really seems more like ten hours–I usually know what both girls want.  Then I wander into my husband’s office and ask, “What do you want for dinner?”

    Husband:  I don’t know, what do you want?

    By this time I am ready to leave home; but I don’t, and I hope the dinner fairy pays a visit to my house overnight so that tomorrow the same thing won’t happen again.

    Well, Jane Doiron may not be the dinner fairy, but she’s just made my life a whole lot easier.  Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms is perfect for those moms who constantly find themselves answering the dreaded what’s for supper question or for those whose family’s schedules make it impossible to whip up a meal quick enough before running off to the next practice or meeting.  Moms will find themselves enjoying cooking again because these are meals that can be: made a day ahead, partially made a day in advance, or made and then frozen. 

    The Taco Dip can be made a day ahead and then heated.  It’s great to take along to potlucks or church fellowship time and would also be an easy dish for a youth group meeting.  Banana bread is a big hit here.  I didn’t know you could freeze unpeeled bananas, but I sure do now!   Thanks Jane!  The Seafood Quiche sounds wonderful, and I can’t wait to try the “easy make-ahead” recipe for a Flaky Pie Crust because the church is talking about taking pie orders this year. 

    Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms starts off with an introduction from the author and also provides helpful tips on freezer storage, items that are easy to prepare a day ahead and how to save money by purchasing alternate volumes and versions of ingredients you don’t often use.  The recipes are broken down into sections:  Appetizers, Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, and Soup.  There are also measurement equivalents and a weight conversion chart, along with an index of the recipes by section to make finding your favorites a quick and easy task.

    Don’t let the title fool you, however; all families, no matter what size will enjoy the quick and easy way to prepare food found in this book.  It should also simplify holiday menu  planning and preparation

     Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms by Jane Doiron might just become my all-time favorite cookbook!

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Outskirts Press
  • ISBN-10: 1432720864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432720865
  • SRP:  $17.95
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