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    Book Club in a Bag

    Picture Books for Adults — Naughty but Nice?

    by Adrienne - 0 Comment(s)

    The Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody by Michael Teitlebaum and illustrated by Jon Apple. The Eric Carl classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar is loved pretty much universally by children and adults alike. Rediscover your favourite classic — with a Zombie twist! For vampire lovers out there Teitlebaum has also done a twist you can read on all your electronic devices... just to satisfy your thirst.

    Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom. I was introduced to Brom as an artist. So I was quite happy to discover he is also quite an illustrious author. Ever wonder why Santa's last name is Claws? Sorry I meant Claus... and whatever happened to Yule? Well here Brom has conjured up quite the story to explain such pressing mysteries. Warning, this story is NOT child friendly... neither is his book The Child Thief. I also admit that Krampus has fewer than 10 illustrations for the whole novel and so it does not technically classify as a picture book BUT Plucker: an Illustrated Novel definitely does. Also... it's NOT child friendly.

    The Three Incestuous Sisters: a Novel in Pictures by Audrey Niffenegger. Before she wrote The Time Traveler's Wife and the more chilling Her Fearful Symmetry, Niffenegger illustrated this novel in pictures in the gothic vein of Edward Gorey and then wrote along with The Adventuress which I highlighted in my first blog post about picture books for adults which you may also want to check out for some less gory and scary titles. The Three Incestuous Sisters is a tale of love, loss and transcendence as it plays out between three very different sisters: one beautiful, one smart and one talented. Niffenengger has also written and illustrated the comic book Raven Girl.

    Go the F**k to Sleep by Adams Mansbach. If you're still reading this post you may be familiar with the famous children's bedtime story parody and its sequel Seriously, Just Go to Sleep and if not, you will probably appreciate the humour therein. Also if you are a parent this may be more than just a little too close to home, especially around the holiday season. So cuddle up by the fire with a hot mug of cocoa, make sure the kids are asleep and ... Read!

    Pages for Book Lovers

    by Sonya - 0 Comment(s)

    Today we treat you to a mish-mash of things strange, wonderful, and amusing that caught our eyes this week. Enjoy a few fun book links we've come across recently, along with timely reading suggestions.

    Book vs. movie?

    I'm one of those people who often enjoys the book more than the movie adaptation... If you're like me, you'll want to hurry up and read these titles before the movie versions are released in 2013:

    See a longer list here:

    Books to read before the movie comes out (on Shine).

    Judging by the cover?

    Sometimes you'll find a book with a cover that just perfectly introduces the story inside... and sometimes, you'll find one that is so completely and incomprehensibly mismatched to the story or content of a book that you would never believe the publisher had read the book!

    First, here are three that I think fit well and beautifully introduce the contents:

    ...and now for some egregious examples of the opposite effect, have a look at:

    Inappropriate book covers at

    Just for fun...

    To round things off, here's another link to make you smile:

    Hilariously weird books at AbeBooks.