I don’t like the new look of BookCloseouts’ website, but they’ve got some wonderful goodies at the moment, worth considering if you are looking for books for your home school studies and/or have any autumn/winter birthdays and holidays to shop for:
Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless! by Saul Griffith, Nick Dragotta, and Joost Bonsen; only $6.99, and just try buying it somewhere else. Very good for birthday presents.
The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Do; small and handy
The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Know; equally small and handy
We the Kids by David Catrow; excellent for American history
The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson; a wonderful story full of thrills, spill, chills, folk dancing, the young crown prince of Bergania, and some Nazis. And only $2.99. More Ibbotson books here, including her equally good Star of Kazan.
To See Every Bird on Earth by Dan Koeppel; a good stocking stuffer for the bird lover in your life, also only $2.99
Many volumes in the Poetry for Young People series
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And not from BookCloseouts, but fresh from The Book Depository and the publisher, on the advice of Elaine’s Random Jottings blog post — My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin, for $9 pre-order* rate, hardcover. Hee…
I’m looking forward to it as a late summer read, having very much enjoyed, a couple of years ago, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Shuttle, from Persephone Books, and then Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart.
P.S. From Daisy Goodwin’s New Statesman interview earlier this year:
Q: Michael Gove thinks schoolchildren should be learning poetry by rote. Are you with him?
A: Learning poetry by heart is like seeing it in 3D. If you do it when you’re a child you never forget it. And kids who aren’t great readers can learn verse perfectly. So I think it’s a fantastic thing to do. It would almost make me vote Tory.
* …much as I hate the term (and am confused by the idea of) “pre-order”, which is up there with “pre-registration” in my curmudgeon’s book. You are either ordering or registering, or you are not. If it’s too early for either, it’s too early. If you mean reserve, say so. The end.