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Weekly Book Special: Mozart Children’s Book, Now 75% Off

Weekly Book Special: July 26th-August 1st

Today marks the 220th birthday of acclaimed classical music composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To commemorate, this week’s book special is:


Mozart: The Wonder Child: A Puppet Play in Three Acts

Written and Illustrated by Diane Stanley
Hardcover, 48 pages, ISBN: 0060726741
List Price: $19.00, OUR PRICE: $4.75
Mozart

“Mozart was only three years old on the day his life changed forever.” So begins this biography about one of the most legendary prodigies in history. Diane Stanley engagingly tells the story of a brilliant boy who grew up to be a complex and often troubled young man — a man who composed some of the most beautiful music of all time.

With stunning full-color illus., she portrays Mozart’s turbulent life as a marionette show, inspired by the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre, using an innovative artistic approach to present the life of a renowned musical genius. She presents an honest and sympathetic portrait of the boyhood and tragically short adulthood of a composer whose music has lived on for more than 200 years.

Our favorite illustration is when he plays for the great nobles of Europe (click to enlarge):
Mozart Concert

“Stanley frames this engaging and well-paced biography of Mozart as a three-act puppet play,” writes Publishers Weekly. “Painting gessoed wood panels with egg tempera in soft tones, Stanley achieves an authentic sense of place, while augmenting the historic mood with musical staffs that wind through the scenes and informational asides presented by angels.”

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July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Mystery of the Russian Ruby: A Pop-Up Whodunit (ISBN: 0525452745)

Weekly Book Special: July 13th-July 19th

Recently Russian spies were caught in the United States. Solve your own Russian mystery with this week’s special:

Mystery of the Russian Ruby:
A Pop-up Whodunit

Written and Illustrated by Iain Smyth.
Hardcover no dustjacket, 12 pages. ISBN: 0525452745
List Price: $17.00, Lowest Amazon.com Price: $19.07, OUR PRICE: $9.95

Russian RubyCalling all detectives: Welcome to the Mystery of the Russian Ruby — a pop-up whodunit with three different endings! Who has stolen the priceless jewel? Lift flaps to reveal hidden clues and secret facts to help you find the thief.

There are six suspects: Angelica, Countess Wilby, Major Stropp, Tilly the Maid, Professor Proudfoot and Spencer the Butler. There are six clues: a blow dart, an insurance policy, a dagger, a bottle of sleeping lotion, a manual on cracking safes and the library key.

By turning a wheel, you can solve this shocking crime once — twice — three times!

Our favorite spread is the final page detailing “The Suspects” (click to enlarge):

The Suspects“This wonderful book has many moving pictures and characters that surround the castle,” writes Nadia Herbish in Ukrainian on her “My Easel” arts and culture blog. She gave it as a gift, and “it attracted all the children [of] guests who visited our house.”

“Each of the six spreads yields enough clues, in fact, to delight [Detective Sherlock] Holmes himself,” writes Publisher’s Weekly in a review.

“Top Secret dossiers on each character can be slid out of the pages, while various flaps and pull-tabs reveal hidden architectural passages, concealed weaponry, and contraband lurking in various valises. Aspiring sleuths will echo the cry, ‘Egad, the game’s afoot.'”

This book is discounted only through July 19th.
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July 13, 2010 at 1:28 am 1 comment

Father’s Day Book Special: Ultimate Tie Kit: Everything You Need to Create a Wearable Masterpiece (ISBN: 0762412259)

Weekly Book Special: June 8th-June 14th

Father’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, June 20th. Looking for the perfect gift for Dad? Well, look no further! This week’s special is:

Ultimate Tie Kit:
Everything You Need to Create a Wearable Masterpiece

Written by Conn McQuinn, Illustrated by Corinda Cook
(Tie Kit with Paperback Book, 48 pages, 2002, $20.00)

Ultimate Tie Kit CoverInside this kit is everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind necktie for your friend or family member.

Have fun with painting, stenciling and stamping techniques from the 48-page illustrated book, which includes: the history of the tie, how-to instructions for decorating a tie and creative ideas to spark your imagination.

This kit also includes four non-toxic water-based fabric paints, stencil sheet, tie template, two paintbrushes, stencil brush, sponge, gift box and one yellow necktie.

Take a look at the complete kit:
Ultimate Tie Kit

“Just follow the easy instructions to paint, stamp, or stencil a unique design on the yellow necktie, then present your wearable masterpiece in the included gift box,” writes the Flowers and Gifts blog. “We bet dad never got a tie like this before!”

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June 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Memorial Day Book Special: Rakkasans: The Combat History of the 187th Airborne Infantry (ISBN: 0891416048)

Weekly Book Special: May 18th-May 24th

Memorial Day, on May 31st, commemorates American soldiers who died while in service. In commemoration, this week’s special is:

The Rakkasans:
The Combat History of the 187th Airborne Infantry

By E.M. Flanagan, Jr. (Hardcover, 392 pages, 1997, $25.00)

The Rakkasans: The Combat History of the 187th Airborne InfantryThis is the complete account of one of the most remarkable regiments in the history of the U.S. Army, written by a retired lieutenant general who served with airborne outfits during World War II and the Korean War.

The 187th Infantry Regiment, known as “Rakkasans,” have fought in every major American military conflict from World War II to Afghanistan and Iraq.

They were chosen by Gen. Douglas MacArthur to be the first wave of troops to occupy Japan, were the only airborne unit in the Korean War, made history at the Vietnam War’s Hamburger Hill, and made a grueling helicopter assault during Operation Desert Storm. Includes 30 rarely-published photos.

Here’s a 60-second video of the Rakkasans preparing for deployment:

“The Rakkasans is important military history,” writes Kirkus Reviews. “It is well researched and articulated for both the student of military history and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in military history.”

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Mother’s Day Book Special: I’ve Always Meant to Tell You: Letters to Our Mothers: An Anthology of Contemporary Women Writers

Weekly Book Special: April 27th-May 3rd

Mother’s Day is fast approaching — May 2nd is a day to cherish time spent with your mother, grandmother or daughter. This week’s special is:

I’ve Always Meant to Tell You:
Letters to Our Mothers:
An Anthology of Contemporary Women Writers

Edited by Constance Warloe (Hardcover, 504 pages, 1997, $22.00)

I've Always Meant to Tell You

In this collection of original letters, more than 75 daughters, including Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Kingsolver, Ntozake Shange, and Hilma Wolitzer, speak to their mothers, both living and deceased, with messages that come straight from the heart.

These are novelists, poets, essayists, humorists, cartoonists and journalists of different ages and cultures. Together they share thoughtful, provocative, funny, and sometimes painful revelations — memories, confessions, poems, fables and tales — at once personal and universal. Illustrations.

Our favorite letter is from Barbara Kingslover to her mother (click to enlarge):

I've Always Meant to Tell You

Library Journal “highly recommends” this book for women’s studies, literature, and general collections. “The letters are addictive,” writes Kirkus Reviews. “Like listening to a top-40 station, you hang on to hear what’s next.”

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Weekly Book Special: Take This Advice: The Most Nakedly Honest Graduation Speeches Ever Given (including Will Ferrell’s Harvard Commencement Speech in 2003)

Weekly Book Special: April 11th-18th

High school and college graduation is right around the corner. Do you have the perfect gift for your grad? This week’s book special is:

Take This Advice: The Most Nakedly Honest Graduation Speeches Ever Given
Edited by Sandra Bark (Hardcover, 225 pages, 2005, $20.00)

Take This Advice

This book offers 30 of the most powerful commencement speeches given in the past decade.

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With grace and humor, this generation’s favorite writers, performers and thinkers address graduates to celebrate their greatest achievement, and to let them know that life after school is not, as many suspect, the end of the world.

Speakers include: Will Ferrell, Bill Cosby, Seamus Heaney, Toni Morrison, Meryl Streep, Robert Pinsky, Gloria Steinem, Sting, Al Franken, President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Salmon Rushdie and Frank McCourt. Here’s Will Ferrell’s Harvard commencement speech in 2003:

“Will Ferrell…is not only one of the funniest humans on earth, but he’s wisely, wisdomly wise-like,” writes Brad Munson on the Comic Relief blog. “This [is one of] a number of other wonderfully clear and horribly honest commence addresses. Read it…if you dare.”

“Many of the strongest speeches double as mini autobiographies, like Bill Cosby’s revelation of his loopy beginnings as a poor and overconfident comedian,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. “[T]hose are the strongest and most affecting in the collection.”

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