Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday Edition: Books

Happy Thanksgiving!
For the past, oh, ten years or so,Thanksgiving weekend has been my time to get those crazy-big end-of-semester projects done. You know, like a 25 page literature review in which you prove to your professor you actually read 50 articles so she'll agree to publish with you. Or, a Web 2.0 project which is a research project, wherein you compare a neighborhood website with grafitti artists just to get enough articles (but it miraculously worked out).

This year, I have absolutely nothing to do that could possibly benefit myself or humanity in any way.

So, please at least accept this list of appropriate presents for school-age children, because God knows they hate those clearance sweaters you always get them.

This post looks at books. Click the picture to go directly to each book's page on Amazon. You'd be surprised how cheaply you can get books!

Killer Koalas from Outer Space by Andy Griffiths ($10.39)
Andy Griffiths is a great silly humor author. His newest installment is perfect for kids who like to watch Cartoon Network all day. Kids who like to watch stuff like this. And who can blame them for wanting to? It's pretty funny. And eventually it's gonna be all reruns until next season. Perfect time to pick up a book! Eh?

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander ($11.99)
Perfect for the inseparable guy pal types. Great for school age boys who grew up on The Time Warp Trio or classicly written mystery books and are looking for something with a little more sarcasm in the humor, and would appreciate a more advanced crime noir narrative (Than, say, Blue's Clues. Not Dick Tracey).
Also good for adults who cry during Stand By Me (also, yes that is a documentary on the movie. You're Welcome) or completely identify with the guys in the movie Mystery Team.

Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger ($10.36)
I love this book because the reading level is pretty low compared the subject matter, and it's completely entertaining. Taking place in a sixth-grade class, these books rely mostly on the complex social systems that start emerging around 4th grade. Perfect for an easy read over the Christmas vacation (the ample Star Wars references will satisfy lots of kids), or a great chance for reluctant middle school readers actually read something cool. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney ($7.66)
The latest installment of Kinney’s famous series. If you haven't heard anything about these books, I actually, physically, feel sorrow for your existence in the life of a school-aged child. Six books and two movies have been made in the franchise. Another great choice for reluctant middle school readers as well as silly elementary kids. Girls of late have also been showing interest in the awesome Dork Diaries ($10.39).

Bake Sale by Sara Varon ($11.55)
Another graphic novel from the author that brought you the wordless-but-somehow-you're-crying-it's-probably-the-onions Robot Dreams ($10.20). Cupcake owns a bakery, and the text also includes recipes for creating some mouth-watering masterpieces!  A great choice for an introspective child, aspiring baker, or food lover, or friend lover!

Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden (14.99)
Josephine-Kathryn Smith is better known by her nickname "Cinderella" for her unfortunate habit of losing shoes. She's a relaxed, funny, messy elementary school student who is just starting to feel the pressures of shifting alliances in her social circle.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick ($16.00)
 A tale told with a parallel timeline (the illustrations, set in 1927; and the text, set in 1977), this book is sure to please fans of both fantasy and historical fiction. It's thick (600 pages), but ridiculously popular especially in the wake of this movie based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret. ($14.99)

So right now you're probably thinking, "That's not 'cheap'. That's how much I paid for books when I was kid!" But remember how you were a kid 20 years ago and a roll of Life Savers was $.60 at the hospital gift store after speech therapy? (or maybe that's just me...) Now they're $.99 (I think. I just had to look it up). Same thing happens to everything, including books. Paying sixteen dollars for Wonderstruck, you're actually saving 50%. And you're getting a bang for your buck because a 600 page book will way outlast 15 rolls of Life Savers...

...Yes, I definitely mean that as a dare.

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