Children Book : The Usborne Little Book of Fairy Stories

My sister bought this book years ago and I always love the illustrations. Tiny people who looked so British with two dots for their eyes and all of them were neatly water-colored.  In The Usborne Little Book of Fairy Stories you can find many short stories about fairies and magic. It was small enough to be put inside a handbag and the stories weren’t so brief that you would finish it in 3 minutes. It was really enjoyable to read.

The illustrator, Stephen Cartwright  (1947 -2004) was a British Illustrator who had illustrated more than 150 books. When I brought this to my work, one of my friend instantly realized  Stephen Cartwright’s work (she had one of his illustrated book too). We spent half an hour flicking through this mini fairy book and admiring the illustrations.

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Children Book: Alice in Wonderland

Forever classic, Lewis Carroll’s fantasy story about a world that exist only in a girl’s dream has been made into lots of version by hundreds of illustrators and movie makers.

This one was Rene Cloke’s version of Alice. Rene Cloke (1904-1995) was an illustrator who was born in Plymouth but spent most of her life in London. She illustrated several of Enid Blyton’s work, including  The Brer Rabbit, The Three Golliwogs, The Adventure of Pip. Her illustration for Lewis Caroll’s Alice was one of her non-Blyton works published by Juvenile Productions in 1949.

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Book : Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

Author : Lewis Caroll

Illustrator : Rene Cloke

Children Book: Ancient Egypt, Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

We know a lot about ancient Egypt but at the same we don’t really know about it. We’ve heard of Pharaoh and its curse, we’ve seen movies about mummies and the secret of pyramids, we are familiar with names like Ra, Isis, Horus and the famous Cleopatra. But where it all begin? And who comes first and who’s next? In this graphic book about the history of ancient Egypt, you learn about ancient Egypt in a funny and colorful comic format. At the bottom of each page there’s a comic about history of cats and why ancient Egyptians worshiped it. Divided into chapters of each pharaoh’s era, this is a good introduction for not only young learners, but adult too, into Egypt’s ancient history.

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Children Book: How The World Works

How the World Works. A stunning pop-up book introducing the basic science, or how we exist. I love how it explains the creation of earth, uses ‘Recipe of Life’ as its subtitle and funny headings like ‘What goes around comes around’. The popped earth, tree, factories, the space help readers to understand the concept of science interactively. I love this book and won’t let my nieces touch them. :p (until they’re in 3rd grade).

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Book : How The World Works

Author : Christian Dorion

Illustrator : Beverley Young

Obsession

Late at night, my boyfriend texted me. He couldn’t sleep and felt a bit down. The reason?  This:

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The Dream Bike. The one thing he can’t get and also the one thing he wants the most. I don’t know a person who ever wants something so bad that it makes them stay awake until 4 am. The reason this bike is so hard to get is because this one of the rarest BMW bikes. We’ve been hunting this bike for months with no luck (which drives him crazier). Generally, my boyfriend is a happy guy. Simple things can please him and he’s easy to please. Although he’s an artist, it’s really surprising how mainstream things he likes. He doesn’t like movies that require you to think in a contemporary plot. He doesn’t like to read if the texts don’t come with illustration. He doesn’t like song that released before he was born. In short words, he’s everything I’m not.

But his obsession with this bike is anything but mainstream. Before I date him, I don’t know BMW makes motorcycle, but now, I can tell you which ones are prewar and post-war bikes, which one is BMW and which one is Norton, which ones are the rarest and which ones are commonly found. To the point that I can appreciate the beauty of an antique motorcycle. (!)

I don’t know if I have an obsession and it’s kind of bug me. I want to have something I can obsessed with and I want to feel disturbed if I can’t get my hands on it. Until I realized, I do have an obsession on something!

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Children’s Book!

I have so many of them and now I understand the guilty feeling of why I keep buying this types of books when there are no children under 12 in our house. I love, love, love picture books. I spend an entire night just browsing and googling for pictures books and adding to my amazon’s cart books I want to buy.  I know names of illustrators, even the famous and already deceased ones.

My boyfriend complains how I talk about picture books too often (comes from someone who has trouble sleeping because of a bike, I completely ignore him) and I have this short list (okay, long) what books I have to add to my collection. Recently, I just add one of William Joyce’s book to my shelf. I can’t wait to take picture and write about each book I have on this blog!