May 22, 2012

"The Year of the Book"

 

Today's release day for The Year of the Book. Written by Andrea Cheng, The Year of the Book is full of the magic of reading, the value of friendship and the importance of family, as narrated by the delightfully bookish Anna Wang. It's a lovely story and was a joy to illustrate. So to celebrate, let's do a giveaway!

Here's the rules:

*To enter, leave a comment with the name of your favorite childhood book. You know, the one you read so many times it fell apart and had to be held together with packing tape and/or that you can quote verbatim still to this day.

*You have a week to enter (until 11:59 PM EST, Tuesday May 29, to be ultra-precise). The winning entry will be chosen randomly using this ever-handy site and announced here, Wednesday May 30.

*And if you tweet and/or blog about the giveaway, I'll enter your name a second time into the running (just give me a heads up in your comment that you did so). Neat, huh?

Ready then? 1, 2, 3, go!

22 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

book can save your life -
""In the water, Hickman said he just focused on keeping his feet pointed downstream, like a character in a book from the popular "Pendragon" series he once read.
That advice may have helped save his life.
The current pushed him toward a narrow rock shelf just above Wallace Falls (270 feet) northeast of Seattle, and he was able to scramble out to wait for rescuers."

Laura said...

A Little Princess was always a favorite.

Mary MacArthur said...

My dearest favorite was Dear Mili, by the brothers Grimm and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, God rest his soul. God rest all their souls, come to think of it; not just the recently deceased need our thoughts.

Charles Eubanks said...

Congratulations on your book release, Abigail!

My favorite childhood book was David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd.

Celtic Traveler said...

The one I read the most was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Even when I didn't read it hungrily I'd flip through and look the gorgeous illustrations by Pauline Baynes.

Brooke Boynton Hughes said...

Congratulations on the new book Abigail!!

One of my very favorite books as a kid was "The Little Moon Theatre" by Irene Haas. The illustrations were so wonderful to explore and I loved the story.

Also, I tweeted your giveaway. Woot!

Julia said...

I propped my back against the hamper in the hallway till 1:00 a.m. to finish "Charlotte's Web."

Lauren said...

According to my parents, I demanded to be read Goodnight Moon every night before bed. But the first books I remember reading and loving were the Narnia series!

Amy Proud said...

The book looks marvellous! Congratulations. I used to get my dad to read Brer Rabbit stories round and round :) he was very good at doing voices!

rebekah said...

HOW can I pick just one?? "Benjamin's 365 Birthdays" was one of my very favorites. It was such a fun concept to me. I also loved the illustrations.

Steven Andrews said...

Wow! The book looks great, Abigail - beautiful illustrations.

One of my favourite childhood books was 'Haunted House' by Jan Pienkowski. I must have read it hundreds of times.

And I tweeted/FB the competition details as well.

Good luck with the launch!

Geek+Nerd said...

Oh my gosh, so many, but my first thought was "Mandy" by Julie Andrews - which is very similar, to the much more famous Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read both of those books so many times that they practically disintegrated.

Tara Sullivan said...

Congratulations on your latest success! I love your work! As far as childhood books, it's SO difficult to narrow them down, but I think I have to go with the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder...though Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lindgren is a VERY close second. I tweeted about your giveaway... libraryladytara@twitter.com
Best wishes!

Annabel Jones said...

Okay so this was unusually hard... Though I have a ton of children's books now, there is one book I can remember loving so much as a child that I slept with it beside my bed every night. It was a history book about King Arthur and talked about the Pre Raphaelites! What made me love it so much was the full page picture of the painting by John William Waterhouse: The Lady of Shalott! I must have looked at it every night hoping that one day I could paint like that!

John L said...

It's hard to narrow it down, but my most-read picture books were by Bill Peet, especially Farewell to Shady Glade. Congratulations on your new book!

joojoo said...

my fav book was the giving tree :) it was the first English book i owned so i loved it soooo much! :) still love it and have a copy of it haha

my email: hoda110 at gmail


ur very talented Abigail!
good luck with everything dear

beth said...

That would be Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders. I found it in the Library discard pile and knew it was mine. I read it every year-- carefully lest it fall apart.

Eva DeCenzo said...

"The Clown Arounds" by Joanna Cole. Congratulations on another book release!!

tusen said...

Congratulations on the book!
And boo, I've missed the giveaway :(
Anyway, if I can just share my favourite childhood book, I'd say Six Bullerby Children (known also as The Children of Noisy Village) by Astrid Lindgren.

elizabeth said...

Too late for the giveaway, but I'll still share: my two favorite books in childhood were Penelope Farmer's Charlotte Sometimes and Avi's Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?

Robert said...

I loved your illustrations in this book, but was there a particular reason you didn't illustrate the sequels?

Abigail said...

I would have loved to have worked on the sequel, but due to prior commitments and scheduling I wasn't able to. I'm a big fan of Patrice Barton's work, though, and think she's done a terrific job illustrating the other books in the series.