Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Winner of the 1972 Newbery Medal, this wonderful fantasy by Robert O'Brien has stood the test of time and is a great read. Mrs. Frisby is a widowed mouse with four small children. The family must move to their summer quarters immediately or face almost certain death. But Mrs. Frisby's youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. Recommended for ages 8 - 12.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Double Your Reading Bee Club Dollars!

Shop this Saturday, November 29, and get double your purchase added to your Reading Bee Club total. So, if you spend $35, we'll add $70 to your Reading Bee Club. You'll be that much closer to your $10 gift certificate!

Not in the Club? Join up on your next visit -- when you spend $100, you receive $10 off your next purchase. This weekend, spend $50 and get $10 off your next purchase!

See you soon!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Robert Sabuda's New Pop-Up: Peter Pan!

Own the first edition of another of Sabuda's classic collectible pop-ups! Who could resist the joy of Peter Pan? And now the classic story comes to life in this incredible pop-up book. Master paper engineer Robert Sabuda creates Peter’s world for the reader to leap into: Tinkerbell flies, pirates pop, mermaids sunbathe, and ships spring up with masts that sway in the breeze. It's sure to become one of your favorites!

We are also taking special orders for the special limited edition, which has green cloth boards, comes with a slip case, and is signed and numbered by the author. There are only 250 of these available from the publisher, and retail cost is $250.00. Another special edition of 26, lettered A to Z, were retained by the author.

About Robert Sabuda: Robert grew up in the Pinckney, a small rural town in southeastern Michigan. He saw his first pop-up book as a child during a visit to the dentist's office -- all terror at the impending dental work dissolved when he opened the covers and the images leaped out at him! He made his first pop-ups out of manila folders his mother brought home from work. After graduating he moved to New York City to study art at Pratt Institute. He interned at a publishing house and was inspired by original artwork submitted by Barbara Cooney, Thomas Locker and James Marshall, among others. After working for a time as a picture-book illustrator, he focused his attention on teaching himself paper engineering, to create the beloved classic collectibles we all love. Find out more here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Once Upon a Time....

"When Rose's mother dies, her only comfort is the exquisite rose garden her mother left behind. The purple blossoms serve as an assurance of her mother's love. But Rose is dealt a second blow when her father dies and his greedy widow, Ombrine, and her daughter, Desiree, move in and take over the manor in true Cinderella fasion. Fate has been cruel to Ombrine and Desiree, too. So despite their harsh ways, Rose has compassion. But these feelings are bitterly tested when, in a rage, Ombrine tears out the garden. Rose nearly gives up all hope -- until a chance meeting with the king. Happiness might be within her reach, but first she must prevail over Ombrine. And then she must determine if she has the courage to love..."

Books in the "Once Upon a Time" series retell favorite childhood fairy tales in a format for teen readers.
Titles include:

Before Midnight (A retelling of "Cinderella")
Beauty Sleep (A retelling of "Sleeping Beauty")
Golden (A retelling of "Rapunzel")
Midnight Pearls (A retelling of "The Little Mermaid")
The Rose Bride (A retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride")
Snow (A retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs")
Storyteller's Daughter (A retelling of "The Arabian Nights")
Water Song (A retelling of "The Frog Prince")

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Why Brodart?

Why Brodart?

What in the heck is Brodart? And why do we use Brodart book jacket covers on our books?
The shiny covers you see on the books we sell protect the jacket covers, which are designed to protect the book underneath. So often, we find books with worn out book jackets (or “dust jackets”), but they have done such a great job, the book underneath them is in nearly new condition! The jacket really helps protect the book underneath from scratches, bumps and tears. On top of that, a jacket cover can protect your book – and the jacket – even more! The shiny covers help protect your favorite books, so they can be passed along rather than tossed out when they are too worn out. And we all have our favorite stories we’d like to save.

A Brodart book jacket cover is complementary when you purchase a book at Alphabet Soup. If it’s not already covered, just ask and we can cover the jacket before you leave the store. Bring in favorites from your personal collection & we’ll Brodart them for you, for $1.95 per book.

Here’s some background, from the Brodart website:
Book Jacket Covers were created in 1939 by Arthur Brody, founder of Brodart Co. Arthur Brody studied architectural photography at Columbia University, and one day after washing the emulsion off some film, he folded it around some books for added protection. When the covers' popularity grew among fellow students, the plastic book jacket cover was born. Today, Brodart book jacket covers are used to protect original paper jackets of library books, giving them a longer shelf life..” They are also popular with collectors, or anyone who wants to keep their books pristine for years to come.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Magic by the Lake...

With an acknowledged debt to E. Nesbit and George MacDonald, Edward Eager's stories all have the same theme: bringing magic to ordinary lives. Fun-filled and whimsical, the stories are anything but dated. Universal themes of friendship, subtle sibling rivalry, vivid imaginations, and a sense of adventure are as engrossing now as they were when the books were first written 50 years ago.
Read them all!
Half Magic (1954)
Knight's Castle (1956)
Magic by the Lake (1957)
The Time Garden (1958) [A play on the word "thyme"]
Magic or Not? (1959)
The Well Wishers (1960)
Seven Day Magic (1962)