Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hello friends, 

I feel terrible for not posting this sooner. I have been traveling and not had access to Wi-Fi some days. Now that I've had the chance to get over jet-lag, here's a few books I wanted to make sure you know about, not just for holiday gift-giving but for every occasion (including giving yourself a gift! come on, you deserve it).

Promotional copies of these books were given to me by the publisher, Candlewick, for free in exchange for an honest review. I have also decided to hold a giveaway (I will provide the prize, but the winner gets to choose from the titles provided by the publisher). Click the title to see the publisher's page. Read all the way to the end to enter the giveaway (open internationally, ends 1/8/2018).

La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Jaime Kim


A sweet and gentle, almost-wordless picture book, La La La is the hopeful story of a little girl calling out into the world, listening for someone kindred to reply to her simple song, and getting increasingly frustrated when no one answers... until someone unexpected does. La La La would be a great gift for the very youngest book lovers (and their parents).

The Wolf, The Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen


Barnett and Klassen's signature dark humor is back, this time starring a trio of woodland creatures who learn to thrive and co-exist (peacefully, mostly) in a wolf-eat-duck world. 


For the Harry Potter fan who has almost everything, a new kind of movie tie-in which puts you right in front of the action. Lumos! (or, as far as we Muggles can manage, accio flashlight!) Shine light through the acetate pages and get ready to re-enact your favorite Quidditch scenes from the films. (Psst, there are Patronus Charm and Creatures edition books too).

Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford


Confession: I can never pass by a Where's Waldo anything without stopping for a while and getting lost in the minutiae of the incredibly detailed and funny scenes. Handford revisits old scenes and dares you to spot the differences. A must-have for every waiting room in the world.

A World of Information by Richard Platt, illustrated by James Brown


I'm a sucker for infographics. I would recommend A World of Information for the know-it-all type who knows only that there's still more to learn out there in the world. It's a clean and clearly rendered, utterly enjoyable coffee table book, perfect for passing those idle moments absorbing just one more bit of data. 

Knightology: A True Account of the Most Valiant Knights by Dugald A. Steer


I'll be honest with you--I'm not a fan of many of the design aspects of this book... I always think it would have looked much cooler handwritten instead of printed with a handwriting-esque font. But less discerning young folk with a penchant for knights and quests will find hours of enjoyment hidden away in the nooks and footnotes of this -Ology book. 

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love

I've saved the best for last. You don't have to be an aficionado of Thor and Loki to appreciate this engaging tome of Norse mythology. The bold graphics take the storytelling to a new level. As a fantasy fan and introvert, my dream holiday involves filling a giant mug with hot cocoa, sneaking away from whatever party I'm at, and curling up in a cozy reading nook with this baby. 

The Giveaway

One winner gets to choose one of these titles:

La La La by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Jaime Kim
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Quidditch by Insight Editions
Where's Waldo: Destination Everywhere by Martin Handford
A World of Information by Richard Platt, illustrated by James Brown
Knightology by Dugald A. Steer
Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love

Get extra points for following on social media and commenting with which book or books you would like to read the most. 

  1. Open internationally, ends 01/14/2018.
  2. No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Void where prohibited.
  3. We and the publisher/publicist are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  4. One set of entries per household please.
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