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Daisy, Katie
A fresh perspective, an outdoor exploration, a new adventure about to begin--How to Be a Wildflower is the book to celebrate these and other wide-open occasions. Encouraging self-discovery through encounters with nature, beloved artist Katie Daisy brings her beautiful paintings and lettering to this collection of things to do and make, quotes, meditations, natural history, and more. A recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie, a prompt to hike by the light of the moon, a place to press flowers: every page inside the charming textured two-piece case invites readers to wander, gather, savor, and ponder the natural world around them. For every wild and free spirit--and those who aspire to be--this is a field guide to living life to the fullest.
Item No. 9781452142685
$19.95
How To Be an Explorer of the World
Smith, Keri
From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, an interactive guide for exploring and documenting the art and science of everyday life.

Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists.

The mission Smith proposes? To document and observe the world around you as if you've never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.

Through this series of beautifully hand-illustrated interactive prompts, readers will enjoy exploring and discovering the world in ways they never even imagined.

Item No. 9780399534607
$16.00
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Handler, Daniel
You're supposed to stop and smell the roses
but truth be told it doesn't take that long
to smell them. You hardly have to stop.
You can smell the roses and still have time to
run all those errands before the sun goes
down and it's dinner time.

Hurry Up and Wait is the second volume in a new series of collaborations between renowned artist and bestselling author Maira Kalman, New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. This time a whimsical collection of images captures people in motion--or not. In snapshots by some of the world's most celebrated photographers, some people stride forth, dash across streets, race on bicycles, and jump over puddles, while others form snaking lines, daydream on park benches, and linger on sidewalks with friends. So what's the rush? With 11 vibrant new illustrations by Kalman inspired by the photographs, and thought-provoking prose by Handler that ponders the merits of action, Hurry Up and Wait will charm readers of all ages.

Item No. 9780870709593
$15.95
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Roumieu, Graham

America's favorite crypto-zoological hominid is hilariously recast as the modern-day everyman, struggling with eating disorders, casual cannibalism, pop culture, and philosophical quandaries ("Me once believe in good. Now, no. World go shit, just like Bigfoot screenwriting career").

Item No. 9780916397845
$12.95
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Munari, Bruno
First published in Italy in 1956, Bruno Munari's In the Darkness of the Night tells the tale of an interconnected, intimate yet expansive journey across three settings--in the darkness, through a meadow, and into a mysterious cave--through a spellbinding combination of paper stocks, transparencies, cutouts, and simple but lively characters. This timeless artist's book, available in a new English edition, is a must-have for Munari fans, designers, bibliophiles, and lovers of exceptional book design.
Item No. 9781616896300
$35.00
Instructions - Small Gift Format
Gaiman, Neil

"A perfect reminder to always be on the lookout for magic and wonder. Sometimes, we need those two things the most" (Brightly.com, citing "Books That Teach Kids What It Means to Be a Kind Person").

In this breathtaking picture book, now in paper-over-board format, Neil Gaiman's lyrical poem guides a novice traveler through the enchanted woods of a fairy tale--through lush gardens, a formidable castle, and over a perilous river--to find the way home again.

Illustrated in full color by Charles Vess, Instructions features lush images of mythical creatures, magical landscapes, and canny princesses. Its message of the value of courage, wit, and wisdom makes it a perfect gift.

Item No. 9780061960321
$8.99
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Britt, Fanny
Helene has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies Helene weighs 216; she smells like BO. Her loving mother is too tired to be any help. Fortunately, Helene has one consolation, Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre. Helene identifies strongly with Jane s tribulations, and when she is lost in the pages of this wonderful book, she is able to ignore her tormentors. But when Helene is humiliated on a class trip in front of her entire grade, she needs more than a fictional character to allow her to see herself as a person deserving of laughter and friendship.
Leaving the outcasts tent one night, Helene encounters a fox, a beautiful creature with whom she shares a moment of connection. But when Suzanne Lipsky frightens the fox away, insisting that it must be rabid, Helene s despair becomes even more pronounced: now she believes that only a diseased and dangerous creature would ever voluntarily approach her. But then a new girl joins the outcasts circle, Geraldine, who does not even appear to notice that she is in danger of becoming an outcast herself. And before long Helene realizes that the less time she spends worrying about what the other girls say is wrong with her, the more able she is to believe that there is nothing wrong at all.
This emotionally honest and visually stunning graphic novel reveals the casual brutality of which children are capable, but also assures readers that redemption can be found through connecting with another, whether the other is a friend, a fictional character or even, amazingly, a fox."
Item No. 9781554983605
$19.95
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Congdon, Lisa
From Lisa Congdon, bestselling author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, this lovely new book invites readers to dip into the many joys of swimming. Congdon brings her personal passion as a lifelong swimmer to this beautiful and thoughtful celebration of getting in the water. Hand-lettered inspirational quotes, watercolor portraits paired with real people's personal stories, illustrated collections of vintage objects--colorful swim caps, bathing suits through the ages, traditional pool signs--and much more evoke the beauty and inspiration of the subject. An emphasis on swimming as a way of life--taking the leap, going with the flow--makes this delightful volume one that will speak to serious swimmers, vacation paddlers, and anyone pondering their next high dive.
Item No. 9781452144139
$18.95
Knock! Knock!
Where s my bear? asks a little girl as soon as she comes home from school. But... he s missing! Where could he be? So she sets off to find him, knocking on the door of each apartment in her building. As she climbs higher and higher, she meets all kinds of people, makes a lot of new friends, and sees some strange sights but what about her bear? Will she find him?
A child s quest turns into a wonderful adventure that literally unfolds, step by step, into a building full of life. Knock! Knock! is book architecture at its inspired best."
Item No. 9789383145324
$16.95
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Redmond, Lea
Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.

Letters to My Dad will inspire you to tell your father just how much he means to you.

Each letter begins with a unique prompt like:

  • From you, I learned the importance of...
  • One thing I'm glad we share is...
  • In the future, I hope we...
  • Included are 12 letters that will surprise and delight dad with memories, appreciations, and hopes for the future.

    Each letter has a space to write when it was sealed and when it should be opened (will it be tomorrow or in 20 years?). Seal letters with the included stickers before giving this time capsule to your remarkable dad!

    Item No. 9781452149226
    $14.95
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    Redmond, Lea
    An Oprah's Favorite Things Pick for 2015
    Nothing is more romantic than a handwritten love letter. Like a dozen grand gestures in one, this innovative format invites romantics to declare their affection to their beloved in 12 fold-and-mail letters to be opened in the future. Ideal for wedding anniversaries, long-distance relationships, or engaged couples, this paper keepsake captures a moment in time and serves as an enduring expression of love.
    Item No. 9781452142678
    $14.95
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    Redmond, Lea
    Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.

    Letters to My Mom will inspire you to remember to write home.

    Each letter begins with a unique prompt like:

  • A special memory I have of you is...
  • For you, I learned the importance of...
  • I always think of you when...
  • Included are 12 letters that will inspire you to tell your mother how much she means to you.

    Each letter has a space to write when it was sealed and when it should be opened (will it be tomorrow or in 20 years?). Seal letters with the included stickers before giving this time capsule to mom!

    Item No. 9781452149219
    $14.95
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    Zullo, Germano
    Journeys can be life-changing, whether they are literal--traveling from one place to another--or personal, like the quest for self-discovery. This meditative picture book explores both, following a young child on a train ride from the city to the country. As the landscape transforms from a bustling city to a richly imaginative world in this distinctively formatted book, the child's sense of wonder and independence flourishes, as does a deep engagement with life and the possibilities that lie ahead--making Line 135 a quietly eloquent gift for anyone embarking on their life's journey.
    Item No. 9781452119342
    $18.95
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    Shanower, Eric
    Spinning out of Winsor McCay's brilliant early 20th century strip, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland sees King Morpheus' daughter, in the Royal Palace of Slumberland, select her next-playmate: Nemo! Only Nemo has no interest in being anyone's playmate, dream or no dream! An all-new tale full of magic and whimsy

    Winner of the 2015 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.

    Item No. 9781631403224
    $9.99
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    Tan, Shaun
    A girl finds a bright spot in a dark world. A boy leads a strange, lost creature home. And a group of peaceful creatures loses their home to cruel invaders. Three stories, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan, about how we lose and find what matters most to us.

    Never widely available in the U.S., these tales are presented in their entirety with new artwork and author's notes.

    Item No. 9780545229241
    $21.99
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    Roumieu, Graham
    Like many reclusive celebrities, Big Foot is misunderstood. In his touching memoir Me Write Book he wants to set the record straight, proving that although he s larger, hairier, and more foul-smelling than most of us, he s really not so different underneath.
    Only the most coldhearted among us could look on without compassion as this hirsute Everyman struggles bravely with casual cannibalism, Pringles potato crisps, embarrassing moments with peach Schnapps, the desperate loneliness of personal ads, and philosophical quandaries.
    Readers will never forget the plaintive voice from the wilderness that howls from every page of this searing, intimate account of a man-beast in the promised land."
    Item No. 9780452286856
    $16.00
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    Winslow, Marjorie
    Whether you're entertaining garden sprites, feeding a regiment of toy soldiers, or simply whiling away a lazy afternoon, Mud Pies and Other Recipes is the only make-believe cookbook you'll ever need. With Marjorie Winslow's timeless guide on hand, you'll never be at a loss for something to do in your backyard or by the seashore; you'll be busy scooping up sand (a filling for Stuffed Sea Shells), hunting for flower petals (they make lovely hors d'oeuvres), and collecting raindrops (essential for brewing up Fried Water). The book is organized by course, and includes a general discussion of yard cookery along with detailed ingredient lists, methods for preparation, and helpful serving suggestions. And on every page, Erik Blegvad's delightful pen-and-ink drawings ensure that Mud Pies and Other Recipes is a feast for the eyes as well as the imagination.
    Item No. 9781590173688
    $14.95
    My Collection of Collections
    Nina Chakrabarti
    What would you like to collect? A collection could be a group of old pots in a museum, or oak leaves picked up on a woodland walk. Some collections are put together over a lifetime, while others last for a single afternoon. You might be a sucrologist, collecting packets of sugar, or perhaps you'd rather collect stamps, matchboxes, or even memories.

    Nina Chakrabarti, author of Hello Nature and My Wonderful World of Fashion, invites you to explore different kinds of collection in this new, beautifully illustrated book. As you go through the pages you can complete and personalize the collections with beautiful stickers, spaces to write or draw, and even a special envelope for you to start a collection of your very own.

    Item No. 9781786270610
    $18.99
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    Maira Kalman

    From Maira Kalman, the author of the bestsellers The Principles of Uncertainty and The Elements of Style, comes this beautiful pictorial and narrative exploration of the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from her personal artifacts, recollections, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

    With more than fifty original paintings and featuring bestselling author and illustrator Maira Kalman’s signature handwritten prose, My Favorite Things is a poignant and witty meditation on the importance of both quotidian and unusual objects in our culture and private worlds.

    Created in the same colorful, engaging, and insightful style as her previous works, which have won her fans around the world, My Favorite Things features more than fifty objects from both the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Kalman’s personal collections: the pocket watch Abraham Lincoln was carrying when he was shot, original editions of Winnie-the-Pooh and Alice in Wonderland, a handkerchief in memoriam of Queen Victoria, an Ingo Maurer lamp, Rietveld’s Z chair, a pair of Toscanini’s pants, and photographs Kalman has taken of people walking towards and away from her. A pictorial index provides photographs of the actual objects and a short description of them, enhancing the reading experience.

    As it speaks to the universal experience and importance of beloved objects in our lives—big and small, famous and private—this unique work is a fresh way of examining and understanding our society, history, culture, and ourselves.

    Item No. 9780062122971
    $35.00
    My Little Book of Big Freedoms: Human Rights Act
    Riddell, Chris
    A classic picture book edition of My Little Book of Big Freedoms illustrated by award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell, published in partnership with Amnesty International.

    We all want a good life, to have fun, to be safe, happy, and fulfilled. For this to happen, we need to look after each other and stand up for the basic human rights that we often take for granted. This book features 16 different freedoms, each accompanied by beautiful illustrations. It shows why our human rights are so important--they help to keep us safe. Every day.

    Item No. 9781524786342
    $9.99
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    Harmon, Daniel
    This incredibly wide-ranging collection of maps - all inspired by literary classics - offers readers a new way of looking at their favorite fictional worlds. Andrew DeGraff's stunningly detailed artwork takes readers deep into the landscapes from The Odyssey, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Invisible Man, A Wrinkle in Time, Watership Down, A Christmas Carol, and more. Sure to reignite a love for old favorites and spark fresh interest in more recent works as well, Plotted provides a unique new way of appreciating the lands of the human imagination.
    Item No. 9781936976867
    $24.99
    Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics
    Porath, Jason

    Blending the iconoclastic feminism of The Notorious RBG and the confident irreverence of Go the F**ck to Sleep, a brazen and empowering illustrated collection that celebrates inspirational badass women throughout history, based on the popular Tumblr blog.

    Well-behaved women seldom make history. Good thing these women are far from well behaved . . .

    Illustrated in a contemporary animation style, Rejected Princesses turns the ubiquitous "pretty pink princess" stereotype portrayed in movies, and on endless toys, books, and tutus on its head, paying homage instead to an awesome collection of strong, fierce, and yes, sometimes weird, women: warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and more who refused to behave and meekly accept their place.

    An entertaining mix of biography, imagery, and humor written in a fresh, young, and riotous voice, this thoroughly researched exploration salutes these awesome women drawn from both historical and fantastical realms, including real life, literature, mythology, and folklore. Each profile features an eye-catching image of both heroic and villainous women in command from across history and around the world, from a princess-cum-pirate in fifth century Denmark, to a rebel preacher in 1630s Boston, to a bloodthirsty Hungarian countess, and a former prostitute who commanded a fleet of more than 70,000 men on China's seas.

    Item No. 9780062405371
    $26.99
    Rule is to Break (Hardcover)
    Christy, Jana

    "A Rule Is To Break says: Go ahead and throw your best self a party! So glad it exists."--Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses

    "After encountering the lively little anarchist in John and Jana's delightful A Rule is To Break, I will always remember the playful little devil with a mind of her own. A children's book on anarchy seems somehow just right: an instinctive, intuitive sense of fairness, community, and interdependence sits naturally enough with a desire for participatory democracy, self-determination, and peace and global justice."--Bill Ayers, author of To Teach: The Journey in Comics and Fugitive Days

    Simply celebrating childhood: the joy, the wonder of discovery, the spontaneity, and strong emotions. . . . Wild Child is free to do as she pleases. A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy follows Wild Child as she learns about just being herself and how that translates into kid autonomy. It presents the ideas of challenging societal expectations and tradition and expressing yourself freely in kid-terms that are both funny and thought provoking--it even functions as a guidebook for adults to understand what it is to be a critically thinking, creative individual. Wild Child is the role model for disobedience that is sometimes civil.

    John Seven and Jana Christy's previous collaboration The Ocean Story won Creative Child magazine's 2011 Creative Child Award Seal of Excellence and was shortlisted for the 2012 Green Earth Book Award.

    Item No. 9781933149257
    $14.95
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    Blexbolex

    In this graphically stunning picture book, Blexbolex explores the cyclical nature of time by looking at the seasons. Using objects, landscapes, activities, and different types of people that are associated with each season (such as a skier, a swimmer, a roasted chestnut seller), Blexbolex evokes the sense of permanency given to life by its cyclical nature, despite the fact that time is always passing. The purpose of this book is to encourage observation of the world around us and lead the reader to form all sorts of logical and imaginative associations having to do with the seasons, the cycles of life, and time.

    An illustrator of graphic genius, Blexbolex entered art school with the intention of becoming a painter, but left having discovered his talent as a silksceen artist. Since then, he has worked regularly with book publishers in France and Germany, as well as for the press. In 2009 he received the prestegious Golden Letter award for best book design throughout the world.

    Item No. 9781592700950
    $22.95
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    Zullo, Germano
    In this charming illustrated tale, two competing neighbors begin embellishing their houses, only to find themselves caught up in a race to build the tallest, most decadent skyscraper featuring solid gold doors, diamond-encrusted pillars, grand ballrooms, expensive paintings, live tigers, and indoor swimming pools--with consequences inevitable, and not. Kids will love spotting the funny details hidden in this witty take on an age-old moral, while their parents--particularly any who've ever undertaken a remodel--will chuckle with recognition.
    Item No. 9781452113920
    $18.95