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Consider giving books this Christmas

If you've still got holiday gifts to buy, consider a fascinating volume like Dan Kainen's “Safari: A Photicular Book.”
by Brandy McDonnell Published: December 21, 2012

“The Secret History of Hobgoblins” (Candlewick, $16.99): In a similar spirit, this beautifully illustrated handbook, credited to Professor Ari Berk, contains all sorts of pamphlets, maps and tips on how to identify and deal with kindly hobs and troublesome goblins.

“The Goldilocks Variations” (Candlewick, $17.99): So you think you know the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Well, how about the one with “Goldilocks and the 33 Bears” or the futuristic “Goldilocks and the Bliim”? Written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg, this children's book features pop-ups and pull-tabs, plus a play that gets its own little booklet.

“Knowing Horses: Q&As to Boost Your Equine IQ” (Storey, $14.95): Did your kiddos wish for a pony or horsey for Christmas this year? Get them Les Sellnow and Carol A. Butler's interesting guidebook, which covers a wide range of facts, from why horses yawn to who Justin Morgan was. It also addresses the many responsibilities of horse ownership, which may curb those childlike desires to have an equine of their own.

“Twilight: The Complete Journey” (Time Home Entertainment Inc., $17.95): For the Twihard on your list, the editors of Entertainment Weekly compiled the highlights of its “Twilight Saga” coverage into a glossy collection of cast interviews, behind-the-scenes photos and five pullout magazine cover posters.

“Chihuly Garden Installations” (Abrams, $75): This nearly 6 ½-pound full-color coffee table book was released about 13 months ago, but it's such a gorgeous photographic tribute to Dale Chihuly's eye-popping glass sculptures that I just had to add it to the list. Between the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's extensive Chihuly glass collection and the extension of the Chihuly outdoor exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum through Dec. 31, it seemed appropriate to include the huge art volume.

“Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17): The entertainment icon has been the subject of countless books over the years, but “Fragments” is particularly fascinating because it features never-before-published tidbits scrawled in her own handwriting, including recipes, poetry and notes-to-self, along with rarely seen photos.

“Chuck Norris: Longer and Harder” (Penguin, $18): Ian Spector has made a New York Times-bestselling publishing career out of parodying the Ryan-born actor/martial arts practitioner. With the latest installment of his humor series, Spector promises 1,500 Chuck Norris “facts” amounting to “The Complete Chronicle of the World's Deadliest, Sexiest and Beardiest Man.” As the title indicates, some of the material is too explicit for youngsters, but if you're of age, it's pretty hilarious.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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