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Animalia by Graeme Base

ToadKnits, October 9, 2012

This classic alphabet book was one of my favorites in childhood and holds up over time. It makes a terrific gift for new parents and young children.

The illustrations provide endless hours of fascination (both for children on their own and children and parents together). Each one includes a hidden self-portrait of author/illustrator Base himself, as a little boy, and finding all of them took my family several years. The book is truly a work of art.
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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson) by Louise Rennison
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson)

ToadKnits, July 25, 2008

This is easily one of my favorite YA books (series, actually). It captures the fun and angst of one's early teen years, but does an even better job of making the adventure beyond hilarious. Georgia is an ideal narrator: self-interested, witty, opinionated, somewhat brutal but never cruel. She has her own slang and her own slant, with an unrivaled cast of characters.

Her confusion is matched by her determination that she knows much more than the adults surrounding her. It's this familiar, perfectly-illustrated combination of savvy and stupid that makes her, and the book itself, such a delight.
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A Gracious Plenty
A Gracious Plenty

ToadKnits, January 18, 2008

I read this book first when I was in high school and it remains one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. Reynolds' language moves across you languidly, with the ease I associate with Southern women. The magical realism of this book is almost secondary to the sheer thrill of the reading experience, but the magic is no less moving or vivid. I have read it a couple of times since, and it never fails to capture me.
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The New Cook
The New Cook

ToadKnits, October 7, 2006

This book is beautiful and practical -- qualities that are terribly important in cookbooks. I bought this for a friend's birthday, and ended up having to buy a second copy for myself because I was too addicted to it. When you pick this book up, you'll immediately want to make everything. The recipes are all short and the steps are laid out clearly, but the results are great. Simple, stylish cooking (and baking) at its absolute best.
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