Recommendations for your first classic.
No matter how you greet the season, Christmas is the time of year when you can ask the jolly fat guy for the books you’ve had your eye on. But with so many choices out there and not nearly enough Aunts called Bonnie to purchase them all for you, how do you decide what is gift worthy this Christmas? Let me narrow down it down for you, so the only decision you’ll have to make this year, is how to tell Nanna you’ve got enough socks and undies to last you until you’re 26.
The superbly awesome, yet limited The Fault In Our Stars signed edition.
John Green is undeniably the master of the quirky, thought provoking and heartbreaking young adult novel, and The Fault In Our Stars is the book that will stay with you long after the story has ended. For a limited time, Dymocks stores (and online) are selling the awesome Australian hardcover edition, personally signed by the man himself. Imagine sitting on the school bus, snazzy new book in hand and your friends gushing over your signed edition. They probably won’t buy that John Green is a close, personal friend of yours, but they’ll be super impressed.
A funky library tote bag.
If you’re anything like me, there are never enough hands available when you visit the library, and no one wants to be seen with one of those horrid green environmental bags, so ask for a funky new tote bag. Ditch the designer labels, we book nerds are effortlessly cool, so why not carry your borrowed books in something that reflects your own style?
Many of the old classic novels are now being rebranded by publishers. I love the Penguin Cloth Classics, but all the major publishers have their own classic range. Everything from The Wizard Of Oz to Jane Austen. Some so old, your mum might have even read a few back in school. Most of them are under $10 bucks each. To see which ones you’ll want to add to your new collection, pop into the library and borrow a few of the classics first. The great ones you’ll want to read over, and over, and over and over.
A book light.
You might be reading something spooky and want to hide under the covers, or you’ve only got a few chapters to go and mum keeps yelling “You’ve got school tomorrow pumpkin, go to sleep”. Whatever you might need it for, a book light is an awesome gift and one you’ll get plenty of use from. You can find some really funky ones, including Smiggle where you can pick up a bookmark to match. During summer across Australia, our storms are so fierce that they can knock out our power for hours, and with a battery operated book light, you wont have to join in with the rest of the family’s sing-a-longs by candlelight, you’ll have books to read.
Whoa, a pricey one, but this is one gift that parents will appreciate. eReaders are super cheap now and as popular as ever. The best part? You can borrow eBooks from the library now too. Nothing beats a paperback novel, but an eReader comes pretty close. Check with your local library, most eBooks can be borrowed online. If you’re super busy, on holidays or can’t hitch a ride with mum to the library, these are a great alternative. Add a bit of bling, a super cute cover and it’s on like Donkey kong.
A new piece I created for Julia Rothman’s upcoming book The Who, the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Accomplices of History, (Chronicle).
I was assigned Maurice Sendak’s brother Jack, a writer, collaborator and extremely important figure in Maurice’s life. I can really relate to those magical, safe spaces siblings create together. My own sister has been such a big source of inspiration, I quite literally don’t know who I would be without her.
BIG thanks to Julia for asking me to be a part of this project. I am so excited to see all of the amazing contributions come together! I am already so WOW’d by my friend Jensine’s piece.