I pity those few poor unenlightened souls with access to good bookshops and libraries whose childhoods weren’t illuminated by the enchanting work of Tove Jansson, who probably won more love for Finland than Sibelius ever did. The world of the Moomins is one of those imagined lands that has won a place in the map of […]

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If you're like us, the week of New Year's is a bit of a fog. So when we saw these videos for Penguin English Library — one a promo for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; the second a plug for the series — our week got a heck of a lot better/more surreal. The videos feature the iconic Penguin logo, first as the star of Stevenson's classic and then in a trippy sequence that's a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Heinz Edelman's Yellow Submarine illustrations. Turn off your minds, relax and dig the penguin.

—Brian Howard

It’s tempting to see such Technicolor absurdity as targeted more toward the adults—the sort of adults who buy avant-garde picture books, at least—than the children. And it is tempting to see it as a weird aberration in a section of the bookstore that, when you’re combing the shelves, trying to find a single non-awful book for a preschool birthday present, can seem insistently, intentionally boring. But neither is true. The picture book genre has always been a breeding ground for anarchic absurdism.

Here’s a clever idea.  Personal Ebooks will take an ebook copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and substitute you child’s name for that of Alice.  They charge $9.99 and offer a 100% money back guarantee.  An email I received from Matthew Grover of the site says that more books will be added and that it [...]

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