Monday, November 1, 2010

The Great Holiday Give Day One: The Day the Cow Sneezed

The first give is, of course, the most highly-anticipated reprint of the year, The Day the Cow Sneezed by James Flora (reprinted by Enchanted Lion), a book I personally will be giving away this Christmas to every child we know. I'm not sure if you've stumbled across any books by this newbie Brooklyn-based publisher before, but all their titles rock. Their stuff is beautifully selected and put together, with a real emphasis on the tactile importance of the way a book looks and feels. Totally old school. Their reprint of The Day the Cow Sneezed is actually just as awesome, if not more so, than the original.... and you know how finicky I am about reprint misfires. The matte finish and weight of the paper. The size of the book... The most exciting part of all is that no one will ever have to pay $50 again for a used copy just to see the hilarity of one cow and his nasal woes. Really, one of the most brilliant and original stories from the much-loved mid-century era of children's picture book illustration. This book being reprinted is like my fantasy of being able to time travel back to bookstores of the past to shop come to life!!!! They also have more Flora reprints on plan for the future which totally makes me WANNA KISS THEM!

To be entered to win this fabulous reprint, simply comment on this post by 11:59 PM Sunday, November 9. The winner will be announced (along with all the other winners from the week) on Monday, November 10. The Great Holiday Give will last all week, so be sure and check back each day to find out about a new vintage reprint and enter to win a different book. This book was sent to me by the publisher to giveaway, but I don't think I need to tell you that this in no way educated my opinion of the publisher or the title in question. I've been bragging on this book since the beginning of time!

Have fun and good luck.

The Great Holiday Give Day Two: One More Acorn by Don and Roy Freeman

The Great Holiday Give Day Three: The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher by Robert Kraus and Vip

The Great Holiday Give Day Four: A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska

The Great Holiday Give Day Five: Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Majorie Winslow and Erik Blegvad

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69 comments:

The Happy Acorn said...

I would love a chance to win this book! Thank you! :)

Liz said...

This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

Ethan said...

I would love a chance to win this book. I'd even let my two daughters have a look at it too:)

conuly said...

Sure, why not?

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ThyHandHathProvided said...

Awesome! Thank you:-).

Jen (Pink) Williams said...

This looks great, and I love giving books as gifts. I have a nephew that I'm sure would love this one!

Mark Eberhardt said...

I just happened to run across your blog yesterday and it's already been a great source of inspiration for my own illustrations! Just wanting to post a random comment (killing two birds with one stone of course, by entering for a chance to win a cool book!).

clara said...

hello!


thank you

aly said...

It looks and sounds wonderful every time you mention it, but I still haven't checked it out. I'd love to get my hands on a copy!

Juniper Sage said...

Flora, gotta love Flora!

Meghan said...

yes, please.

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Count me in, I love this book!

Celeste said...

Yay for fab reprints!

stephanie said...

Without knowing what the rest of your holiday giveaway books will be, it sounds like you're starting with the best of the bunch. I would LOVE a copy.

noa said...

i've always wanted to get hold of this book! wehey!

Carin S. said...

I think I read this as a kid. And of course I'd love to win it! Cheerio!

George said...

Looks like a super fun read!

Nell said...

Oh, hurray for a publishing company that will reprint the great children's books of mid-century!
Now, my question is: can we make requests to this publisher for other books we'd like to see get re-printed? Or is there anywhere we can put in our requests? My list would be long, but if I could get even one or two of my favorites back into circulation again, it would be fantastic!
Oh, and thanks for this book giveaway! I'd love to win!

katie said...

I would love a chance to win this book! My daughter would LOVE it! She thinks cows are hilarious. Thank you!

ahoi! said...

here's hoping.

Polly said...

awesome!

Dawn said...

Ooooh, this book looks fantastic! I'd love to have it!

ChristyJan said...

I would love to be entered to win a copy of this cute book.

Page Turner said...

Since I've lived with allergies all my life, I love picture books about sneezing! Are you familiar with Robert the Rose Horse? I would love to add this to our collection!

Antmusic said...

Unga bunga me wanty! I am very happy to see the James Flora books making a come back.

spamwayglobal said...

Just stumbled across your blog. An avid bibliophile, I can't wait to find some time to really sit down and go through the older posts. Thanks.

Lindsey said...

How totally CUTE is that? My daughter would love it! I had never heard of it before today but love vintage books. :)

Lindsey

Laura@popdesign said...

I would really love to win this book by the great Jim Flora!

john & catherine said...

Oh please! So happy to hear about the quality reprint. I am also a lover of the heavyweight matte paper. Thanks for sharing about this publisher.

Darlene (Grammie) said...

Me, me, me...please! I would love to win in honor of my first grandson. And, I have a granddaughter on the way in January. Please, pick me, pick me!

Amy said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Nan said...

Achoo'se me! :^D

Angelica said...

Enchanted Lion definitely takes the cake. I recently visited their booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival and it was absolutely marvelous.

mj said...

I'd love to add a James Flora book to our library. :)

My Love is..... said...

WOW... this one sounds awesome!

MommaofMany said...

Am I too late on this one? I haven't read this great book yet.

jenmmcclure said...

I would love to win this book! It looks really cute! Thank You!

Sarah R said...

Add my name to the bunch!

Jason Large said...

Wowzers--I love Flora.

wmmahaney said...

I know my son would love this book. I love all the wonderful books you share.

caryn the designer said...

I thought I had commented already, but apparently not. Would love this book!

Danielle S said...

I would love this book. I love reading your blog for ideas of great books for the kids!

Gretchen said...

I would LOOOOOVE to win this book! looks so cute!!

Claire said...

sneezing cows? I'm in! thanks for the chance.

betsy said...

This book looks like a good laugh and we could use a good laugh.

betsy_349 at hotmail dot com

Kimberly said...

I know your family loves this book. I'm delighted that it's back in print and would love to win a copy.

Kristie said...

Being that we have cattle, I can see my kiddos getting a kick out of this! Thanks for the chance to win! :-)

Miss Lelly said...

Loving this book! The illustrations are amazing! I've been slowly accumulating books as I live in Amsterdam and it's rare to find nice vintage books in English.
Anyway, if I don't win this one, I'm adding it to my wish list for sure :)
Thank you for your blog! I so so love it.
Ms Lel x

Ali said...

Can I still enter? We'd love this book!

Diane L. said...

What a delightful book. I appreciate the opportunity to win!

Ariel S. Winter said...

Very excited about this one.

Susana said...

I am positively sallivating over this one. Thanks for the chance at it. Happy holidays!

Donna said...

Unfortunately, I didn't grow up having picture books read to me. I changed that pattern when I had kids of my own and reading is a wonderful, bonding time everyday with us; however, until I discovered your marvelous blog I mainly read recently published books. I am making up for lost time and I love being able to expose my kids more frequently to books that were around when I was their age but that I myself didn't get a chance to read. I don't know who enjoys reading the children's books more, me or the kids.

Jessica said...

I LOVE Jame Flora.

angela said...

OOh - I would love to win!!!

Juli said...

putting my hat in the ring, fingers crossed!

Juli said...

putting my hat in the ring, fingers crossed!

kperantie said...

I just found this blog. It's great! I can't wait to go back and read the older posts. Thanks for the chance to win great books.

Megan said...

Looks great- I would love to win this!

Kathleen said...

I hope all of your generosity brings you extra luck scouting for your yet to find wish list books. If I don't win this one I will definately buy it. Thank you.

Renee G said...

This looks like a cute story. Would love to win this one.
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pencrush said...

Would love to win this book, look forward to being able to buy it if I don't!

Tyler Parker said...

Oh man I love James Flora's work this would be amazing to have.

Amy said...

James Flora ceases to amaze me with such fabulous eye candy. The cow sneezes "thank you" for a chance to win.

Leah said...

Love to win this one! Looks great!

lydia said...

Oh, his illustration is so perfect for kids. Love it. Thank you!

Steven said...

I love stories about farm animals.

Lesley said...

oooh, looks lovely. so happy to have found your blog!

Conrad H. said...

Sounds like a fun book!

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