Monday, November 27, 2017

Gift Books from Candlewick Press [Review and Giveaway USA/CANADA 2 copies each title]

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For the young Medieval history enthusiast:  Knightology: A True Account of the Most Valiant Knights   

ISBN: 9780763698485 
Hardcover $24.99
My thoughts: This book is jam-packed with information both factual and legend about knights. Librarians should  be clamoring to buy this book for their knight-loving readers. This addresses so many interesting attributes of the period of time in the early 1000s and the Crusades. This is a really nice book with fun flaps and tabs to incentivize the reader to find more information hidden therein. The cover is rich in color, gold foil, and "jewels."

About the book: From the secret order of Round Table Knights comes a tell-all guide to the mythical occupation of knighthood — its history, mysterious quests, and puzzles that live on to this day. Inspired by the life of a most exemplary knight, this fascinating book explores the art of mastering sword and lance, the essential (and prohibitively expensive) war-horse, the ins and outs of a castle that a knight might defend, and the skills needed to prevail in a jousting tournament, with all its pageantry. No investigation of knighthood would be complete without a look at the Crusades, and a celebration of legendary knights such as King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Gawain, plus vaunted icons such as Excalibur and the Holy Grail. In true ’Ology fashion, this tip of the lance to a noble (and misunderstood) profession offers a variety of interactive flaps and other novelties to keep young squires fully entertained. What does it really take to be a knight? Peruse this lavish novelty volume and be surprised.

For the curious ones always asking the Five W’s: A World of Information by Richard Platt and illustrated by‎ James Brown 

ISBN: 978076693480
Hardcover $25.00
My thoughts: This is one of those books that a family can purchase and use through the years of educating their entire family. Literally from kindergarten through grade 12. In fact, Mom and Dad might find it educational as well.

Though not a thick book, having only 64 pages, it is large in that it is approximately 11 by 15 inches. And while not a reference book encyclopedic in content, it can most certainly be referred to on a variety of topics leaning heavily on the sciences.

I found it interesting that though the style and font of the book are quaint or old fashioned, the information is definitely up-to-date. I liked, too, the information per topic is contained on a two-page spread and has it's own color.

About the book: From Morse code to the bones in the human body, this visually stunning collection of facts and figures puts a world of information at your fingertips.

How much do clouds weigh? Who invented the pencil? How many ways can you tie a knot? Discover the answers to these and many other questions in this elegant and absorbing miscellany of general knowledge. From music notation to Roman numerals and from the skeleton to the solar system, essential facts are brought to life by stylish infographics and fascinating commentary. Perfect for all ages, this book is sure to amuse and intrigue even the most curious minds.

For everyone STILL looking for Waldo: Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!  

ISBN: 9780763697266
Hardcover  $19.99
My thoughts: Didn't anyone ever find Waldo? If so, it seems he has slipped away again and needs to be found. What was or is his destination? It's been 30 years since Waldo appeared on the scene and this exclusive anniversary edition revisits destinations with games and searches.

This would be a fun gift for those who like to hunt Waldo or anyone who likes books with look 'n find games or searches. A somewhat large book in dimensions, and only 32 pages. But pages jam-packed with Waldo and lots of fun and games in the search and find category. A sure winner for fans of Waldo!

About the book: Everyone’s favorite bespectacled explorer has been many places — the land of dragon flyers, a Jurassic arena of sports-loving dinosaurs, the set of black-and-white movies in Hollywood. Join Waldo as he handpicks his favorite journeys of all time, revisiting twelve of his most fantastic travels in a new format that includes a surprise at the end of the book. New eye-boggling games await Waldo-watchers alongside every scene in this fresh tribute to Waldo’s many years wandering the world. Have you ever wondered which of his many adventures Waldo loved best?
2 Winners Receive A Set of 3 Books
Begins November 27
Ends December 12 @ 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA and CANADA addresses.
NO P.O. Boxes, please!
a Rafflecopter giveaway 
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies from Candlewick Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.


  1. "Of the 3 books featured, which book most appeals to you? Why?" I especially like "A World Of Information," because it looks so cool and informative!

    "1) One non-fiction book you would like to have" "Books! Books! Books! Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library" because I love learning about beautiful and interesting books!

    "(2) One picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera" "How Plants and Trees Work."

  2. (1) One non-fiction book you would like to have -
    Can't Catch Me!
    (2) One picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera - I Won't Eat That

  3. I like the Where's Waldo. I have always looked and read these books all my child's life.

  4. My grandsons would love the book about knights or The World of Information . They all look super interesting. Thanks.

  5. Non fiction book I would like to have would be a biography of Katie Luther.
    Children’s book to review. The origami Star Wars books.

  6. Where's Waldo is my fav!! It reminds me of my childhood and my son and I LOVE seek and find books!!

  7. Id love for you to review the Aliens Get the Sniffles Too! Ahhh-Choo! It looks adorable!! And we'd love to own A Day at the Dinosaur Museum because my kiddo loves dinosaurs!!

    1. Hi Amber - Watch for late December or in January for my review of Aliens Get the Sniffles, Too Ahhhh-Choo & probably a #giveaway with it. ;) Can't wait.....

  8. I really like Knightology: A True Account of the Most Valiant Knights because I enjoy medieval history.

  9. I would like to have Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies and see The Twelve Days of Christmas: Panorama Pops by Grahame Baker-Smith reviewed here.

  10. I would like to have a " Books! Books! Books! Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library"book,
    author: Mick Manning
    illustrator: Brita Granstrom

    I also would like " Follow the Track All the Way Back" by
    author: Timothy Knapman
    illustrator: Ben Mantle to be reviewed on Chat With Vera

  11. I like all 3 books,but A World of Information looks especially good as a jumping off point for further research. I like that it is condensing important points onto the 2 pages. Would be great for our homeschool.

  12. All three would find good use at our house, but for nostalgia sake I'd really love to have Waldo. :)

  13. where's waldo is my favorite! I loved these as a kid and so do my kids!

  14. A World of information really looks like an interesting book covering various subjects that would be of interest to both me and my kids.

  15. Where’s Waldo brings back childhood memories!

  16. Personally for me "A World of Information" by Richard Platt is really appealing, I always loved to ask questions

  17. Knightology appeals to me the most because I enjoy Medieval and Renaissance history. Also, I'm a member of the SCA and enjoy dressing up for the part.

  18. I would like Symphony for the City of the Dead & to see a review for The Lonely Giant.

  19. A World of Information. My niece is really into books that she can use to look up facts.

  20. It's really hard to choose which would be most appealing to my grandson, whom I would give it to if I'm the lucky winner. I believe he would be intrigued with the Knightology but have a lot of fun with Waldo. Thanks for another wonderful giveaway Vera!

  21. I like them all! All look interesting! The Where's Waldo looks especially fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. I would like the Winter Fox to be reviewed and to own Big Blue Whale!

  23. I'll definitely be checking out the first two for our homeschool! Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday on! Tweeted!


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