Monday, February 8, 2010

Great Monday Give: Jack Kent Week

Let me first start by saying I AM SO PSYCHED!!!!!! If you all read my blog on a regular basis, you know that one of my favorite children's book author/illustrators is a man by the name of Jack Kent. Jack Kent also drew a daily comic strip for 15 years way back when, and this week, the first volume of a series of books that will eventually reprint the entire strip is being released, King Aroo Volume 1. Some of this stuff hasn't seen the light of day since the 1950s!

That said, I've had something exciting in the works for a while concerning Jack that I will reveal on Wednesday... but in the meantime, there's the build up, the drum roll... and a few days of tipping the hat in store. So to celebrate, this week is officially Jack Kent week here at VKBMKLs. You'll be learning a lot about Jack in the coming days. There will be book reviews and a special guest blogger and all kinds of fun stuff so be sure and tune in all week for the love fest.

Needless to say, the Great Monday Give this week is a grab bag of Jack Kent books for your reading pleasure. More Spaghetti, I Say!, Jack Kent's Twelve Days of Christmas, There's No Such Thing as a Dragon and The Biggest Shadow in the Zoo. To be entered to win this four-pack of joy, simply comment on this post before midnight Valentine's Day, Sunday 2/14. A winner will be announced the following morning.

If you haven't acquainted yourself with Jack's stuff before and you don't win the GMG, I suggest you start with his first children's book, Just Only John, and move on to Mr. Meebles and Dooly and the Snortsnoot from there. But really, any you can get your mitts on will do!

Soooooo, as to not delay this week from beginning... The winner of last week's give, the smokin' great paperback copy of Eloise is Chantele! Just send me your mailing info to webe(at)soon(dot)com to collect your prize. In the meantime, see you later this morning kids!

62 comments:

interninisrael said...

What a great give-away! Would love to receive this!

Jennifer said...

Ooh, I love Jack Kent! And I don't think I have any of those...*crosses fingers*

maria said...

How have I never read Jack Kent? Looking forward to the week & would love to win. :)

aly said...

Bring on the love fest!

Swati said...

Chantele - what a lovely name, and a lucky lady! I do wish luck would come this way once more too...

Amy said...

Wow! Thanks for the chance.

Celeste said...

How exciting--love all the teasers, and I'm looking forward to what's in store this week!

Antmusic said...

*NOT AN ENTRY* I just wanted to say WOOOOHOO!!! Jack Kent week! Yayayayyayayyayayay! I own all the books in the giveaway (except "12 Days"), so don't enter me.

By the way: I LOVE the book & record of "There's No Such Thing as a Dragon" (the songs on it are GREAT). I have about 18 Jack Kent (by and just illustrated by) books, and I treasure them... but I still want more, ha ha. None of mine a very rare, but I like the uniqueness of some of them. "The Funny Book," is my rarest, and it is a lot of fun to look through, but not really fun to read.

theinvisiblechild said...

What an awesome giveaway...

Ali said...

We don't have any of those! Please oh please randomly choose me!

Linda P. said...

Jack Kent!!! Jack Kent!!! fingers crossed.

Meghan said...

i can't wait for this week of jack kent goodness! this is going to be good! xoxo

vigilceo said...

Jack Kent is one of my favorites, as well.

ZackRock said...

For some reason, I kept reading "Jack Kent" as "Jack Keats." I was like, Man, this stuff is great but it looks NOTHING like The Snowy Day. Wah-waaah.

Definitely sign me up for the giveaway, I'd love to be better-acquainted with Kent's work.

Jennifer McNichols said...

We *love* Jack Kent around here!

Davidkevin said...

They sound lovely, although we are all a bit too old in this household for them -- but after reading them here, they would be donated to the library of the elementary school across the street where my father, I, and one of my kids went!

lattermild said...

Count me in! I'm drooling over here.

star3night said...

I'm excited to read your posts during Jack Kent Week! What a wonderful give away. I loved Jack Kent's "Socks for Supper" and would love you win these books!

stephanie said...

Confession: I have never read a Jack Kent book and I have none. Our library has 3 + "Q is for Duck", illustrated by him. I promise to check out every single one as soon as I can get out of my driveway.

john & catherine said...

Oh! This would be fantastic. We love these from the library, but don't own any! Thanks for all the great reviews!

Chandra said...

Me, me, me! Pick me!

Margaret Perry said...

I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I am about this. we grew up on jack kent--especially KING AROO. Thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

We'd love this. Thanks for the chance.

Wendy
ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Anne Marie said...

Like you, I paid $$ for a copy of Just Only John :) I loved it as a child, I'm sure we would love to have more of his books. Great give away! Thanks.

Genevieve P said...

I love Jack Kent! I'd love to win! Thanks so much.

mj said...

We'd love to add these to our collection!

Mikelle Smith said...

can't wait to learn more about jack kent this week. would love a chance to win!

karichuckroryskylar said...

I'm also a huge Jack Kent fan, especially his version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

heather said...

Wow, these would be great books to add to our library.
I'm crossing my fingers I get picked. :)

dgporter said...

I'm in!

I'm in!

I'm in!

ThyHandHathProvided said...

Enter me, too! Thank you:-).

Jennifer Gregory Miller said...

We just love Jack Kent, and I really enjoy your posts on all his books. So happy you did Dooley!! We are enjoying our copy of Just Only John from you. Thank you.

Sarah said...

I don't currently have any books by Jack Kent, add me to the list!

arm said...

WOW! I just bought a copy of Mr. Meebles and can't wait to get it. I hope I win these others for my kids!
Thanks,
Ann

vanessa said...

I love Jack Kent, too. Looking forward to what you have for us this week!

fooledinsf said...

I'm a SMASWNK (single middle aged woman with no kiddos)that LOVES the books you select. Each post brings back the child in me (reading in bed with flash light under the covers:) I would love to add Jack Kent to my modest collection!

fooledinsf said...

SFNKWLVKB here (single female, no kiddos who loves vintage kids books:) When I stumbled upon your blog several months back i immediately added it to my favs. Would love to have my own Jack Kent!

Patricia W said...

I Love Jack Kent. My favourites are Round Robin and The Caterpillar and the Polliwog. I would love to add new books to my collection.

winterthorn said...

Is Jack a relative of Clark's?

Susana said...

I'm loving your posts on his books, which I had no idea about. Sad and deprived, aren't I? So pick me!
Seriously, thanks again for all your great posts!

Amelia said...

My Senior art show this April will be a series of children's book illustrations, and Jack Kent is definitely at the top of my list for inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win these books!
ps: I love your blog.

esther said...

Such lovely books.
I hope I can enter here in Europe (if not, I've got an American friend who would be happy to send them on for me).

daysease said...

Wow, What an amazingly fun giveaway. I am not familiar with Jack Kent, but I am willing to get to know him better. thanks for the chance to win!! Hope you are well!!!

JAC said...

I love this giveaway! Thank you, Thank you!!

World of Julie said...

Oh my goodness, you are killing me with Jack Kent week! Hurray! Have I told you how much we LOVE the copy of "Just Only John" we bought from your Etsy shop. It is incredible. Dooly is the one I have from childhood, and we love Round Robin from the library, although I always have an eye out for our own copy somewhere. I love Jack Kent so much.

Carrie said...

"More Spaghetti, I Say!" was one of my favs as a kid. Love these books!

Amy R. W. said...

Oh, I love Jack Kent so much! I had "Jack Kent's Book of Nursery Tales" and "Dooly and the Snortsnoot" when I was little- I loved them then and I still love them now. I've always thought he was an underappreciated children's book author and illustrator, so I'm so glad to see so much Jack Kent love on this blog. Oh, I hope I win... :-)

babyzilla said...

We'd love to win this! Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are not playing around this week. I can't believe all these adorable titles you're pulling out. Each day it gets better. I have never seen a few of them. Thank goodness for you. And for those of you who don't know, all the Scribbler's books that I have recieved are in awesome condition. So don't hesitate to make a purchase from her etsy shop. Looking forward to building up a Jack Kent collection:) Thanks, Dee

Carol M said...

I would love to win these for my grandchildren! They look wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway!
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Amanda said...

Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

Amy said...

Ah, I'm swooning over all the Jack Kent goodness this week! I can see why you are a big fan. Still smiling over the Cindy lou post.

Lady of Letters said...

You work so hard on your blog...thanks :) I just started back blogging and I know how hard it is to keep up. Thanks for raising the bar.

Joanna M said...

Oh please please please! I love Jack Kent!

Angelica said...

Excited! Jack Kent is new to me, but I'm ready to welcome him into my library.

ans said...

oh! What a fantastic give. I would love it! Thank you!

Chantele said...

Yay!! I'm so excited! Thank you for the Eloise book! I just sent you an email. Let me know if it didn't work!

Wehaf said...

Thanks for another great giveaway!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Winning Readings said...

My daughter would love these!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/02/jack-kent-books.html

Jo Shabo said...

Ooo! those books are amazing!
hope we win! :)

thank you!

sunshine12345678@hotmail.com

cindy said...

count me in! awesome giveaway!

cindyascott(at)yahoo.com

Abi said...

Looks like fun books. Please enter me. Thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot]com

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