Welcome back book lovers! You’ve probably already heard by now, but Overlook is ringing in the holiday season this year with twelve days of literary gift giving. We’re putting on our Santa caps every Monday through Friday until December 23rd, carefully selecting themed book sets to give away to our dedicated fans and readers. Perfect gifts for the oncoming snowy days of winter and the inevitable hours of holiday travel, this week’s giveaways have included books by Charles Portis, designers Milton Glaser and Eva Zeisel, a collection of white knuckle historical mysteries and true crime thrillers, and newsy reads for the journalism buff. Naughty or nice, everyone is eligible to win. Thanks to all who have helped spread the word through comments and tweets, and congratulations to yesterday’s lucky winner, @wrikent3500.
Here at Overlook, there’s something about the winter holidays that brings out our collective inner child. Maybe we’ve just watched too many animated Christmas specials, but December makes us yearn for the simple pleasures of childhood. For today’s giveaway, we’re going to indulge our juvenile sides, and celebrate some of the best children’s books and young adult literature in the Overlook library. Although they make perfect gifts for the kids on your holiday shopping list, if you’re anything like us you’ll want to save these picture books and YA reads for yourself.
Let’s Have a Bite! A Banquet of Beastly Rhymes, written by Robert Forbes and illustrated by Ronald Searle combines mischievous rhymes and delightful illustrations, making it a great gift for poetry lovers of all ages. With over thirty delicious poems and zany illustrations featuring critters large and small (plus an original poster!), this madcap menagerie is sure to satisfy readers aged seven to seventy.
Are you a friend of Freddy? Freddy the Pig is one of history’s most iconic characters in children’s literature, and Freddy the Detective is a classic example of Freddy at his best. Inspired by Sherlock Holmes, Freddy and his partner Mrs. Wiggins the Cow team up to investigate a series of disappearances on the Bean farm. Walter Brooks is the author of more than twenty-five books in the Freddy series, and teamed with Caldecott and Newbery winning illustrator Kurt Wiese, this hilarious misadventure is the perfect introduction to the classic series for a new generation of readers.
True Grit returns to the Overlook Christmas giveaway list, today as the perfect gift for the adventure-seeking YA reader. Charles Portis’s story of fourteen year old Mattie Ross’s overpowering effort to avenge the murder of her father is a contemporary classic that's sure to resonate deeply with fans of To Kill a Mockinbird and the novels of Mark Twain.
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