Best Christmas Books
This is the list of Best Books where you can give this books as Christmas gifts for the loved ones, and some best “kids advent calendar, “advent calendar chocolate“”advent calendar for adults“.
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The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy
|The Christmas Eve Tree|
In a deeply moving story with the hallmarks of a classic, a homeless boy’s rescue of a spindly Christmas tree sparks a glimmer of hope that has far-reaching effects.
It’s late on Christmas Eve, and the little fir tree is the only tree left in the shop. What a poor thing I am, it thinks. But then a young boy enters the store, drawn in from the damp by the warmth and lights and the wonderful smell of Christmas, and he doesn’t seem to mind that the scrawny tree isn’t tall and straight like the others. . . . This magical story, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton, captures an unexpected and unforgettable moment of happiness that brings a whole city together.
Snow In The Garden by Shirley Hughes
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A classic collection of festive poems, stories and activities by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes.
This beautiful Christmas anthology contains winter adventures, seasonal poems, festive recipes and easy-to-make craft activities as well as Shirley Hughes’ trademark warm and classic illustrations. Whether reading stories and poems to little ones or encouraging them to make beautiful crafts and Christmas treats, this book is the perfect introduction to this very special time of year.
The Night Before Christmas: A Magical Cut-Paper Edition, The New York Times Bestseller by Clement Moore
The Night Before Christmas
Here is the wonderful new version of the classic poem every family should own. This edition of The Night Before Christmas is lavishly illustrated by renowned artist Charles Santore, the critically-acclaimed illustrator of The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and others. This is a hardcover edition of the classic The Night Before Christmas, featuring a four-page gatefold and an embossed and foil-stamped cover.
Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, The Night Before Christmas has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year, and now they have a beautiful hardcover edition to treasure. The cherished poem, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Charles Santore’s stunning illustrations.
The Hat Box by Jon Klassen
Hold on to all of your hats at once for this special collection of Jon Klassen’s celebrated hat trilogy.
The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. A fish has stolen a hat; will he get away with it? Two turtles have found one hat, but the hat looks good on both of them. . . . Jon Klassen’s deliciously deadpan hat tales continue to surprise and delight readers of all ages, and they are all now available in one impeccably designed boxed set along with a free frameable print. Included are:
I Want My Hat Back
This Is Not My Hat
We Found a Hat
An Artist’s Alphabet by Jon Klassen
|An Artist’s Alphabet|
Readers will be mesmerized by these surreal and gorgeously rendered alphabet letters, cleverly shaped from flora, fauna, and more.
At first glance, this elegant alphabet book showcasing both upper- and lowercase letters seems to follow a familiar formula. There’s an acrobat standing atop a horse to form a big letter A and another curled under herself to make a small one. There’s a colony of beetles attached to the leaves they’ve munched, creating a big and a small letter B. But then comes the letter C, made of sea waves evoking the artist Hokusai. Or a lowercase I in the form of a pen that has left an ink smudge, or two kingly beasts that create the letter K. And what of the many letters, equally fantastical and fascinating, whose associations are left to the viewers’ imaginations? Ingenious and intriguing, beautiful and full of stunning detail, this is an alphabet book sure to invite many repeat explorations.
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials – The Definitive Guide Laurie Frost
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials – The Definitive Guide
This is the official reference guide to Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy. It contains everything Pullman fans need to know: in-depth, chapter-referenced sections on characters, places, creatures, sciences, languages, and much more
Always Audrey: Six Iconic Photographers. One Legendary Star. By
Features images from the archives of six top photographers: Norman Parkinson, Milton H. Greene, Douglas Kirkland, Lawrence Fried, Terry O’Neill and Eva Sereny
Extensive commentary throughout from Douglas Kirkland, Terry O’Neill and Eva SerenyAudrey Hepburn once said “I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine.” Nothing could be further from the truth. As one of the 20th century’s most loved icons, her face is instantly recognizable the world over
Here, for the first time, ACC Art Books and Iconic Images proudly present the work of six wonderful photographers – Norman Parkinson, Milton H. Greene, Douglas Kirkland, Lawrence Fried, Terry O’Neill and Eva Sereny – who were fortunate enough to capture the star at different moments of her life. In addition, former Curator of Photographs for the National Portrait Gallery and co-curator of the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition, Terence Pepper, opens up his personal archive of vintage press prints, making this ode to Hepburn truly unique.
Throughout the book, Douglas Kirkland, Terry O’Neill and Eva Sereny share their memories of working with the icon. They present a wonderful mix of on-set, fashion, portrait and behind-the-scenes photographs, including contact sheets and never-before-seen images. With an introduction by Terence Pepper and a foreword by Patricia Bosworth, Always Audrey is sure to delight any Hepburn fan.
“……it’s clear that each photographer agrees: Photographing Audrey Hepburn was a special experience. ‘She was one of the most kind and generous people I’ve ever worked with,’ O’Neill says. ‘She lit up a room and never took a bad picture. My job was easy ― I just had to be there and press the button. I can’t say enough good things about Audrey. I was lucky to be there.’” (Hollywood Reporter)
Backstage, on a beach, hugging a donkey–is there any place where celebrated British actress Audrey Hepburn doesn’t shine? In the forthcoming photo book Always Audrey, devoted fans will have a glimpse of never-before-seen photographs of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star, captured by six different photographers. (Chelsey Sanchez Town & Country)
About the Author
Kris Provoost is a Belgian architect and photographer. After receiving his Master’s in Architecture, he moved to China, where he further expanded his career. He worked for, among others, Zaha Hadid Architects & Buro Ole Scheeren. He also focuses on architectural photography. His work has previously appeared in CNN Style, Dezeen, ArchDaily, Designboom, gooood, That’s Mag Beijing, Time Out Shanghai, Abduzeedo, Fubiz, and T-Magazine.
Just Kids Illustrated by Patti Smith
Patti’s Smith’s exquisite prose is generously illustrated in this full-color edition of her classic coming-of-age memoir, Just Kids. New York locations vividly come to life where, as young artists, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe met and fell in love: a first apartment in Brooklyn, Times Square with John and Yoko’s iconic billboard, Max’s Kansas City, or the gritty fire escape of the Hotel Chelsea. The extraordinary people who passed through their lives are also pictured: Sam Shepard, Harry Smith, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg. Along with never-before-published photographs, drawings, and ephemera, this edition captures a moment in New York when everything was possible. And when two kids seized their destinies as artists and soul mates in this inspired story of love and friendship.
A gorgeous compendium of Joni Mitchell’s handwritten lyrics and drawings, originally handcrafted as a gift for a select group of friends in 1971 and now available to the public for the first timeIn 1971, as her album Blue topped charts around the world, Joni Mitchell crafted one hundred copies of Morning Glory on the Vine as a holiday gift for her closest friends. For this stunningly beautiful book, Joni hand-wrote an exquisite selection of her own lyrics and poems and illustrated them with more than thirty of her original pictures. Handcrafted, signed, and numbered in Los Angeles, the existing copies of this labor of love have rarely been seen in the past half-century.Now, during Joni’s seventy-fifth birthday year, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings will be widely available for the first time. In this faithfully reproduced edition, Joni’s best-loved lyrics and poems spill across the pages in her own elegant script. The lively, full-color drawings depict a superb array of landscapes, still lifes, portraits of friends, self-portraits, innovative abstractions, and more. All the artwork from the original book is included, along with several additional pictures that Joni drew of her friends from the same period. Finally, the refreshed volume features an original introduction written by Joni. Morning Glory on the Vine is a gorgeous and intimate keepsake and an invitation to explore anew the dazzling, visionary world of Joni Mitchell.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
From the revered British illustrator, a modern fable for all ages that explores life’s universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole.
“Kind,” said the boy.
Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book based on his famous quartet of characters. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse explores their unlikely friendship and the poignant, universal lessons they learn together.
Radiant with Mackesy’s warmth and gentle wit, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations (including “Help,” which has been shared over one million times) and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come.
The Sunday Times Bestseller and New York Times Bestseller.
‘You will not be able to buy a more beautiful book for Christmas for somebody you love’ Chris Evans
A book of hope for uncertain times.
Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.
The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie’s first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.
‘A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart’ Richard Curtis ??????
Visions from the upside-down a stranger things art book by Printed in Blood by Printed in Blood
In honor of Stranger Things, the innovative pop culture enthusiasts at Printed In Bloodare proud to present the latest release in their ongoing series of artbooks. More than two hundred artists, drawn from the earthly dimensions of comics, illustration, fine art, videogames, and animation, have come together to bring us a unique vision of the world of Hawkins, Indiana. Come dig into this collection of more than two hundred brand-new images and see what new worlds you might discover lurking just beneath the surface.
Includes art by: ORLANDO AROCENA • MATT BUSCH • BUTCHER BILLY • RIAN HUGHES • JOHN McCREA • MATT NEEDLE • GARY PULLIN • BILL SIENKIEWICZ • EILEEN STEINBACH & MORE!
Wok On by Ching-He Huang
‘As always, Ching’s recipes are not only deliciously healthy but easy enough for anyone to have a go at and enjoy.’ – Tom Kerridge
Perfect for sautéing, braising, frying and steaming, cooking with a wok is a way of life all over Asia. In Wok On, bestselling author Ching-He Huang celebrates the huge versatility of this magical 2,000-year-old cooking pot with a modern collection of recipes that are simple enough for every day as well as every cook.
Featuring dishes from across Asia, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Macau, almost every recipe can be made in 30 minutes or less and has been created with nutrition, taste and affordability in mind. Many are suitable for those with gluten and dairy allergies, and because Asian food typically includes lots of vegetables, many are also vegetarian or vegan too.
Guess How Much I Love You 25th Anniversary by Sam McBratney
|Guess How Much I Love You|
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Beloved for a quarter of a century, the family classic receives a beautiful slipcase for this keepsake hardcover featuring a limited-edition giclée print.
The story of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare, who playfully vow a universe of affection, has enchanted millions of readers since its publication twenty-five years ago. Now, its enduring message of immeasurable love makes the ideal gift in a slipcased edition that includes an endearing print of the Nutbrown Hares suitable for framing.
Ten Horse Farm by Robert Sabuda
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Roan, speckled, dappled, gray — how many different horses are playing on these pages? A new novelty delight from renowned pop-up master Robert Sabuda.
Watch with awe as majestic horses leap off the page when you open this stunning full-color pop-up book. Glorious images of horses grazing, prancing, and galloping in an idyllic farm setting are inspired by everyday scenes in rural America as well as by the real Ten Horse Farm (now an art studio) owned by artist and designer Robert Sabuda in upstate New York. This 3-D gem will draw horse enthusiasts of all ages.
A frisky equine outing from a master paper engineer…the special effects are well worth taking the extra care required to keep them intact. An exhilarating ride—for horse lovers, art lovers, and students of design.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Sabuda’s own striking artistry is on display in 10 pop-up scenes of as many horses and additional farm animals…This is a beautifully engineered pop-up gem.
—Publishers Weekly Online (starred review)
About the Author
Robert Sabuda is internationally acclaimed for his stunning pop-up books, including The Christmas Story, and the best-selling Encyclopedia Prehistorica and Encyclopedia Mythologica series, created with Matthew Reinhart. Robert Sabuda lives in New York City.
The Mist Monster by Kirsti Beautyman
The Mist Monster
Meet Morris: the most endearing, foggy-brained monster imaginable. Penny isn’t sure she likes her new house – until she bumps into Morris, a funny white monster made of mist. Before she knows it, Penny is whisked away on an adventure, and she discovers that wonderful new friends can pop up where you least expect them. Scholastic are proud to be publishing Kirsti Beautyman’s d�but picture book: a gorgeously illustrated magical adventure about friendship.
Beast Feast by Emma Yarlett
A charming story about a quick-thinking child and a soft-hearted beast, with letters to open.
Beast has found a tasty dinner, and he’s written to all his friends to invite them to a feast. Unfortunately, Dinner is a child who very much does not want to be eaten. As Beast’s friends send their instructions for cooking Dinner, is there any way Dinner can convince Beast to change his menu? A vibrant and charming interactive book with hilarious letters to open.
My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs by Owen Davey
My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs
Stylish artwork by award winner Owen Davey makes this 3-D introduction to dinosaurs a standout.
Watch long-extinct creatures spring to life in a striking first pop-up book for budding paleontologists. Showcased are fifteen dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles, from Ankylosaurus to Velociraptor, each one accompanied by its name and pronunciation. At once simple and sophisticated, Owen Davey’s striking pop-ups, with their geometric patterns of spiky scales, dramatic splotches, and dotted feathers, are sure to mesmerize dinosaur aficionados of all ages.
Endangered Animals by Millie Marotta
From New York Times bestselling author Millie Marotta comes this gorgeous celebration of the animal kingdom.
Highlights the plight of 43 endangered species from around the world: Take a trip through freshwaters, oceans, forests, mountains, tundras, deserts, grasslands, and wetlands while learning about rare and well-known animals and their habitats.
• Vivid illustrations bring caribous, axolotls, giraffes, agami herons, and many more to life on these rich and varied pages.
• Illuminating text relays the story of each species, from how they live and why they are endangered to what is being done about it.
• Complete with a map detailing where each species can still be found to enrich the reading experience further and inspire additional research.
A visually rich, timely, informative book raises awareness in the most spectacular way.
Millie Marotta is a freelance illustrator working from her studio by the sea in a little corner of West Wales. She grew up in the wilderness of rural Wales where she developed a fascination with all things flora and fauna, which, along with intricate pattern and detail, remains an ongoing theme in her work. Millie’s intention is simply to create beautiful artwork which captivates, charms, and inspires a curiosity in others for the natural world.
A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals makes an enlightening gift for any nature or animal enthusiast.
Dishoom by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar, Naved Nasir
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Transport your loved ones to Bombay this Christmas with the gift of Dishoom
‘A love letter to Bombay told through food and stories, including their legendary black daal’ Yotam Ottolenghi
At long last, Dishoom share the secrets to their much sought-after Bombay comfort food: the Bacon Naan Roll, Black Daal, Okra Fries, Jackfruit Biryani, Chicken Ruby and Lamb Raan, along with Masala Chai, coolers and cocktails.
As you learn to cook the Dishoom menu, you will also be taken on a day-long tour of south Bombay, peppered with much eating and drinking. You’ll discover the simple joy of early chai and omelette at Kyani and Co., of dawdling in Horniman Circle on a lazy morning, of eating your fill on Mohammed Ali Road, of strolling on the sands at Chowpatty at sunset or taking the air at Nariman Point at night.
This beautiful cookery book and its equally beautiful photography will transport you to Dishoom’s most treasured corners of an eccentric and charming Bombay. Read it, and you will find yourself replete with recipes and stories to share with all who come to your table.
‘This book is a total delight. The photography, the recipes and above all, the stories. I’ve never read a book that has made me look so longingly at my suitcase’ Nigel Slater
Cabin Porn Inside by Zach Klein
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Learn to make your own quiet place somewhere with this inspiring journey inside tranquil cabins and handmade homes, from the creators of the wildly popular Cabin Porn phenomenon.
Cabin Porn began as an online project created by a group of friends to inspire their own homebuilding. It has grown into a global phenomenon, attracting thousands of submissions from fellow cabin builders and a passionate audience of millions interested in simple, efficient homes and the beauty of nature.
Cabin Porn: Inside invites readers into these handmade homes to discover rooms of warmth and simplicity, connected by the universal desire to bring a simple building to life in harmony with the land around it. Each of these tranquil getaways is a lesson in living simply and joyfully.
Here you will find hundreds of examples of what makes a cabin: the small details that enable their dwellers to live pleasantly and sustainably, as well as the mistakes and adaptations that reveal what builders must learn while creating their own homes. Perhaps most touching is the evidence that these homes have hosted charming and memorable evenings for the people who worked together to build them.
Full of spellbinding spaces of warmth and ingenious simplicity, Cabin Porn: Inside is an invitation to the cabin of your dreams and to the serenity of a simpler life.
“Sequels are all too often diminished versions of their predecessors. This isn’t the case here: Cabin Porn Inside is, if anything, more engaging than the original– which is saying something since the latter has sold over 300,000 copies and is in 7 foreign languages. From California to Australia to the Bahamas to Russia, here are some 75 cabins, shacks, houseboats and treehouses for inspiration and motivation.” – Lloyd Kahn, author of Shelter
“This book is truly a feast for the eyes and fuel for wanderlust as it takes the reader around the world and inside various cabins, treehouses, and one truck hut. Warning: reading this will send you into an Airbnb rabbit hole in search of your next getaway.” – Powell’s Books
About the Author
Zach Klein is co-founder of DIY.org, a worldwide movement to help any kid any where learn any skill. Zach co-founded Vimeo, serves on the advisory board to Dwell, and published the first post to the Cabin Porn blog in 2009.
Remarkable Trees by Christina Harrison, Tony Kirkham
Throughout our history trees have been central to our existence. They provide us with vital ingredients for life—food, medicine, materials, even the oxygen we breathe. Ecologically, they are crucial in controlling pollution and moderating the climate, and culturally they are important to our religions, folklore and art. It has also been shown that as well as greening our lives they can improve our health and mental well-being.
Remarkable Trees tells the unique story of more than sixty species, each selected for its resonance and connection with people. In portraits that combine vivid cultural and historical narrative with a firm scientific grounding, Christina Harrison and Tony Kirkham reveal fascinating details of trees from the world’s major environmental zones and habitats. Some are obvious superstars such as oaks, redwoods and coconut, while others are more surprising: we learn of the monkey puzzle, a tree native to Chile that “can grow for 1,000 years,” and of the manchineel, a tree that contains sap so toxic to human skin that it’s a risk to stand beneath it on a rainy day. In these pages are trees that are healers and killers, trees that serve as foundations of great buildings and grand feasts, and trees that leave us with a sense of wonder and of worry for their survival.
In a tribute to the artists and botanists who have been inspired by trees for centuries, this book is filled with 240 delightful illustrations. The varied and beautiful images come from the unrivalled archive at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and they bring this enlightening and enchanting volume to life.
While trees have supported us for millennia, we have recently lost that direct, deep connection with them. Harrison and Kirkham remind us that we do not have to look far to reestablish that relationship and that we can still cherish the splendor and significance of these quiet giants.
“To discover so many intriguing things about trees from around the world is truly wonderful. This beautifully illustrated book reveals just how much these useful, fascinating, dangerous yet beautiful living beings really contribute to our lives.” (Dame Judi Dench)
About the Author
Christina Harrison is the editor of Kew magazine. Her books include Bizarre Botany:An A-Z Adventure Through the Plant Kingdom. Tony Kirkham is head of the arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His books include Plants from the Edge of the World: New Explorations in the Far East and Wilson’s China: A Century On.
Science of Creature Design by Terryl Whitlatch, ilbert Banducci
Science of Creature Design
What is creature design? We all have a notion―mostly consisting of evocative images of otherworldly beings galloping, swimming, flying, and often attacking the hero of an epic film or story. But what makes a creature believable? In the follow-up to her bestseller, Animals Real and Imagined: The Fantasy of What Is and What Might Be, world-renowned artist Terryl Whitlatch reveals the secret behind believable creature design: anatomy. How anatomy applies practically to the natural history and story is the prime cornerstone on which successful creature design hangs, whether the creature is real or imaginary. Studying, understanding, drawing, and applying accurate anatomy to an imaginary creature will make viewers suspend their disbelief to welcome a new vision into their worlds. We invite you to immerse yourself in the intricate workings of numerous animal anatomies―and the beauty they possess―in the Science of Creature Design: Understanding Animal Anatomy. Whitlatch’s delightful and charismatic illustrations will inform and thrill readers with every turn of the page. She shares valuable techniques reaped from years working for Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Feature Animation, and on such films as Jumanji, Brother Bear, and The Polar Express. In addition, Whitlatch exemplifies an endless love for real animals that continues to inspire her fantastic imaginary creatures, which have captivated audiences around the world.
Rusty Brown by Chris Ware
‘The week after I finished the last page of Jimmy Corrigan I immediately started a new long story based on characters who had originated as parodies, but whom now I wanted to humanize… amidst a setting of memories of my Omaha childhood and Nebraska upbringing.’ (Chris Ware, Monograph)
Now, twenty years later, Ware is publishing Rusty Brown in book form. It is, he says, ‘a fully interactive, full-colour articulation of the time-space interrelationships of six complete consciousnesses on a single Midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit.’ The six characters are Rusty Brown himself, a shy schoolkid obsessed with superheroes, his father ‘Woody’ Brown, an eccentric teacher at Rusty’s school, Chalky White, another schoolboy, Alison White, Chalky’s sister, Jason Lint, an older boy who bullies Rusty and Chalky and fancies Alison, and the boys’ teacher, Joanne Cole. Ware tells each of their stories in minute detail (or as he puts it, ‘From childhood to old age, no frozen plotline is left unthawed’), producing another masterwork of the comics form that is at once achingly beautiful, heartbreakingly sad and painfully funny.
World War II by AA
World War II
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A revelatory history of World War II, told entirely through visually stunning state-of-the-art infographics. World War II: Infographics tells the story of the great conflict through graphic design. The mass of data available about World War II has never been as large as it is now, yet it has become extraordinarily complicated to interpret it in a meaningful way, and to share that analysis with the public. Infographics allow data to be comprehensible to the general reader while still satisfying demands for the rigorous approach of a historian. The result is breathtaking. For the first time, it is possible to easily connect the dots between various interrelated aspects of World War II that were previously examined separately. Encompassing the conflict from its roots to aftermath, this book covers more than sixty themes, including arms production, Operation Barbarossa, how America took back the Pacific, and the Nazi concentration-camp system. The result is an extraordinary new approach to World War II, which is sure to appeal to those looking for an overview of the war and to history buffs alike. Illustrated throughout
Abandoned by Mathew Growcoot
From the empty magical theaters of Detroit to the lost playgrounds of Chernobyl, there are places across the globe that were once a hub of activity, but are now abandoned and in decay. With nature creeping in and reclaiming these spots, we are left with eerie crumbling ruins and breathtaking views of deserted places, that offer us a window into past and capture our imagination. Abandoned showcases the very best photographs from around the world documenting this phenomenon. More immersive than a museum and more human than a lecture, abandoned photography has given the world an exciting way to look at our history and the places we have long neglected.
Godless Utopia By Roland Elliott Brown
The iconography of atheism: Soviets against God!
“We’ve finished the earthly tsars and we’re coming for the heavenly ones!” Thus spoke the Soviet Union’s first atheist propagandists as they declared war on “the opium of the people” across the USSR. Soviet atheism is the great lost subject of the 20th century. Pope Pius XI led a “crusade of prayer” against it; George Orwell satirized it in Animal Farm; the Nazis called it a Jewish plot; Franklin D. Roosevelt pressured Stalin to abandon it: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn blamed it for Russia’s catastrophes; and Ronald Reagan put it at the core of his “Evil Empire” speech. And yet, because the Soviet Union promoted atheism almost entirely for domestic consumption, decades’ worth of arcane and astonishing anti-religious imagery remains unknown in the West.
Drawing on the early Soviet atheist magazines Godless and Godless at the Machine, and postwar posters by Communist Party publishers, author Roland Elliott Brown presents an unsettling tour of atheist ideology in the USSR. Here are uncanny, imaginative and downright blasphemous visions from the very guts of the Soviet atheist apparatus: sinister priests rub shoulders with cross-bearing colonial torturers, greedy mullahs, a cyclopean Jehovah and a crypto-fascist Jesus; Russian cosmonauts mock God from space while vigilant border guards nab American Bible smugglers. Godless Utopia is the occult grimoire of a lost socialist anti-theology.
Godless Utopia: Soviet Anti-Religious Propaganda’ collects the most striking examples of the form. (Cory Doctorow Boing Boing)
In the Soviet Union, atheism became government policy, enforced by the state and encouraged by anti-religious posters and magazines. These have been collected in Roland Elliott Brown’s [Godless Utopia]. (Guardian)
Since the Soviet Union’s promotion of atheism was almost entirely targeted at those living within it, the posters, editorial illustrations, and other propaganda associated with it are largely unknown to Western designers. (Emily Gosling AIGA)
Blasphemous shock and awe were a major part of the Bolshevik aesthetic, as seen in the covers of Godless magazine. (Rolland Elliot Brown Spectator UK)
Students of Russian history will welcome the publication of “Godless Utopia” this month, but so too will art historians, religious scholars, as well as observers of Russia’s cultural history and indeed anyone who has embarked on the quixotic search for the elusive Russian soul. (Jennifer Eremeeva Moscow Times)
Roland Elliott Brown explains how Lenin set the groundwork to overthrow the Soviet Union’s religious institutions ― and how a raft of brightly coloured propaganda posters became the leader’s weapon of choice. (Calvert Journal)
Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses by Dominic Bradbury
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A groundbreaking global survey of the finest mid-20th-century homes – one of the most popular styles of our time
A fascinating collection of more than 400 of the world’s most glamorous homes from more than 290 architects, the Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses showcases work by such icons as Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Alvar Aalto, and Oscar Niemeyer alongside extraordinary but virtually unknown houses in Australia, Africa, and Asia. A thoroughly researched, comprehensive appraisal, this book is a must-have for all design aficionados, Mid-Century Modern collectors, and readers looking for inspiration for their own homes.
Review“Presents the most complete, in-depth global survey of mid-century modern residential architecture… [A] fascinating collection.”—Aspire: Design and Home Magazine
“Profiles 400 glorious homes designed by 290+ architects in locations from Sydney to Sao Paolo, Chandigarh to Sheffield. With some 250 full-color images, the book showcases just how differently the style can be interpreted.”—Cool Hunting
“Covers a lot of ground.”—Connecticut Post
“Talk about travel inspo.”—Conde Nast Traveler Online
“A lavish compendium.”—The Los Angeles Times
“Page after page of the most visually arresting modernist homes around the world. Design porn for the most tasteful of coffee tables.”—The New York Times Online
About the Author
Dominic Bradbury is a writer and freelance journalist specializing in architecture and design. He has written over 20 books, including Mid-Century Modern Complete, The Iconic House, and The Iconic Interior. He contributes to magazines and newspapers in the UK, US, Australia, and internationally, including The Financial Times, The Times, Telegraph, House & Garden, World of Interiors, Wallpaper, and Vogue Living.
The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper
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So the shortest day came,
and the year died . . .
As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. Written for a theatrical production that has become a ritual in itself, Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day” captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Richly illustrated by Carson Ellis with a universality that spans the centuries, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Welcome Yule!
“A vivid combination of biography and memoir.” —Booklist (starred review)
“This is a tour de force of original storytelling.” —Horn Book (starred review)
“It’s a work that confers classic gifts: time to look and time to wonder.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Based on Cooper’s poem by the same name, originally written for a theatrical performance, this cyclical volume offers an alluringly haunting alternative to more familiar seasonal fare—one that is sure to serve as “lights of hope” on a dark season’s stage.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“So the shortest day came,” writes Cooper, and Ellis’ beautiful gouache paintings depict a world that is pushing against the dark with candles and dance and song. Despite the urgency of the people to push away darkness for light, the tone of the tale is one of hope, anticipation, love, joy and spiritual happiness, culminating with Yule. People depicted morph from early hunter-gatherers to people in northern European medieval garb to a multiracial gathering. They gather in a modern Western home with mantelpiece decorated with menorah and holly, singing carols by the Christmas tree. As precious as sunshine.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
This lovely celebration of winter solstice blends imagery from the long-ago revelries of northern Europeans with modern-day observations and global traditions…A treat to share aloud, this book makes a unique choice for seasonal sharing, opens discussion about rebirth rituals and holidays that incorporate light, and celebrates hope even in darkest times.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
The Hero’s Quest by Jeffrey Alan Love
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A picture-book quest through the worlds of fantasy, myth and magic, for all young reading heroes.
Join our every-hero Rider on their quest through the story worlds of fantasy and myth. Packed with vivid dragons, wolves and sea-monsters from the stunning imagination of celebrated cult fantasy artist, Jeffrey Alan Love (Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki), this book immerses readers into a picture-book Game of Thrones world for children aged 6 and up.
Myths and Legends of the World by Lonely Planet Kids, Alli Brydon
Myths and Legends of the World
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Retold by Alli Brydon and beautifully illustrated by Julia Iredale, these fascinating myths and legends will transport you to every corner of the globe and link you to the people who preserved these tales through oral tradition. The souls of ancestors, the lives of heroes, and the fates of mortals are waiting to be discovered.
Myths from Africa include:
- ‘The Creation of the World’ from the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo
- ‘The Tale of the Ghosts and the Flutes’ from the Beba people of Cameroon
- ‘Anansi and the Box of Stories’ from the Ashanti people of present-day Ghana
Myths from Europe include:
- The Selkies from Scottish mythology
- ‘Athena, Arachne and the Dueling Looms’ from Greek mythology
Myths from Asia include:
- Lord Ganesh from the Hindu pantheon
- ‘Nyai Loro Kidul, Queen of the Sea’ from Indonesian mythology
Myths of Oceania include:
- ‘The Legend of Maui’ from Polynesian mythology
- Uluru from the Anangu people of Australia
- The Rainbow Serpent from the Aboriginal people of Australia
Myths of the Americas include:
- ‘Coyote Steals Fire for the People’ from the Native American people of the United States
- ‘The Hero Twins Visit the Underworld’ from the Mayan People of Mesoamerica
- The Mapinguary from Brazilian mythology
Myths from the Arctic include:
- Sedna, the Mother of the Sea from Inuit mythology
- Niekija and the Northern Lights from Sami Shamanism
About Lonely Planet Kids: Lonely Planet Kids—an imprint of the world’s leading travel authority Lonely Planet—published its first book in 2011. Over the past 45 years, Lonely Planet has grown a dedicated global community of travelers, many of whom are now sharing a passion for exploration with their children. Lonely Planet Kids educates and encourages young readers at home and in school to learn about the world with engaging books on culture, sociology, geography, nature, history, space and more. We want to inspire the next generation of global citizens and help kids and their parents to approach life in a way that makes every day an adventure. Come explore!
The Wonders of Nature by Ben Hoare
The Wonders of Nature
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Every page reveals a surprising story from the natural world that you just won’t forget.
Discover the wonders of planet Earth and learn about some of the most amazing animals, plants, rocks and minerals, and microscopic life that live here.
The storybook descriptions and close-up images let you discover the myths and legends of living creatures and minerals, as well as key facts about their natural history. Find out how the prowling jaguar uses spots to avoid being spotted, why a sticky sundew means big trouble for insects, and what on Earth a radiolarian is. From opals to orchids and tapirs to toadstools, this beautiful collection brings more than 100 remarkable items from the natural world to life.
With a decorative foil cover, gilded edges, and a ribbon for keeping your place, The Wonders of Nature is an irresistible gift for children who can’t get enough of nature.
Anatomicum by Jennifer Z Paxton
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Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore…
Step inside the pages of Anatomicum to enjoy the experience of a museum from the comfort of your own home. The 2019 offering from Welcome to the Museum guides readers through the human body, from the muscles we use to show emotion, to the delicate workings of the brain. With sumptuous artwork by Katy Wiedemann and expert text by professor Dr Jennifer Z Paxton, this beautiful book is a feast of anatomical knowledge.