I just read about this contest at Books, Movies and Chinese Food. Thanks, Deborah! Chronicle Books is giving away $500 worth of books in their Celebrate the Haul-idays giveaway. To enter, choose books on the Chronicle website worth $500 and post your list on your blog. Deborah picked out $500 worth of books and focused on the Beatles, Star Wars and pugs.
Here's my list of Chronicle Books:
Shadow by Suzy Lee $15.99
A dark attic. A light bulb. An imaginative little girl.
Internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee uses these simple elements to create a visual tour de force that perfectly captures the joy of creative play and celebrates the power of imagination. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee's illustrations, in just two shades of color, present an adventure that begins and ends with the click of a light bulb.
Suzy Lee's books have been published and exhibited worldwide. She is the author and illustrator of many books including the critically acclaimed Wave as well as The Black Bird, The Zoo, and Mirror. Born in Seoul, Korea, she currently lives and works in Singapore.
Wave by Suzy Lee $15.99
In this evocative wordless book, internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl's day at the beach. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee's illustrations, in just two shades of watercolor, create a vibrant story full of joy and laughter.
New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2008
Suzy Lee's books have been published and exhibited worldwide. She wrote and illustrated The Black Bird, Mirror, La Revanche des Lapins, and Alice in Wonderland. Born in Seoul, Korea, she currently lives and works in Singapore.
Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel $29.95
Artist and veteran Pixar animator Sanjay Patel lends a lush, whimsical illustration style and lighthearted voice to one of Hindu mythology's best-loved and most enduring tales. Teeming with powerful deities, love-struck monsters, flying monkey gods, magic weapons, demon armies, and divine love, Ramayana tells the story of Rama, a god-turned-prince, and his quest to rescue his wife Sita after she is kidnapped by a demon king. This illustrated tale features over 100 colorful full-spread illustrations, a detailed pictorial glossary of the cast of characters who make up the epic tale, and sketches of the work in progress. From princesses in peril to gripping battles, scheming royals, and hordes of bloodthirsty demons, Ramayana is the ultimate adventure story—presented with an unforgettably modern touch.
Sanjay Patel is the author of The Little Book of Hindu Deities and is an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on numerous films, including Monsters, Inc.; A Bug's Life; Toy Story 2; Ratatouille; The Incredibles; and Toy Story 3. He has also worked on The Simpsons for Fox and with legendary cartoonist John K., creator of Ren and Stimpy.
The Present by Bob Gill $15.99
The carefully wrapped present was perched half-hidden on his parents' closet shelf. Arthur, a little boy with a very large imagination, feverishly tried to guess what it might contain. A pet? A shiny trumpet? A new computer? The possibilities were almost endless. All for him and him alone—until the doorbell interrupted his reverie. What happened next is a remarkable and soul-satisfying reminder that the act of sharing is perhaps the greatest present of all. A simple and timeless tale of spontaneous generosity, told with understated humor, a great warmth and a brilliantly direct graphic style which go to the very heart of the human experience. With the gentle insight of A Cup of Christmas Tea and the resonant innocence of The Giving Tree, Bob Gill's book is destined to become a best-loved gift about gift-giving.
Brooklyn-born Bob Gill's work as an artist and graphic designer has spanned continents; his genius has been stamped on a wide range of creative endeavors, from children's books and award-winning international ad campaigns to Beatlemania. He lives in New York City.
Charlotte in Giverny by Joan MacPhail Knight $16.99
It's 1892 and Charlotte is bound for Monet's famous artist colony in Giverny, France, where painters like her father are flocking to learn the new style of painting called Impressionism. In spite of missing her best friend, Charlotte becomes enchanted with France and records her colorful experiences in her journal. She makes new friends, plants a garden, learns to speak French, and even attends the wedding of Monsieur Monet's daughter!
Illustrated with beautiful museum reproductions and charming watercolor collages, Charlotte in Giverny includes a French glossary as well as biographical sketches of the featured painters. This delightful journal of a young girl's exciting year will capture readers' imaginations and leave a lasting impression.
Joan MacPhail Knight spent most of her growing-up years in Paris. The mother of two daughters, she now lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband Bill, two Brussels Griffons and an ancient Pug.
Melissa Sweet has illustrated several cookbooks and over thirty children's books. Every year she takes a trip to collect images for her beautiful collages. She lives in Maine.
The Lonesome Puppy by Yoshitomo Nara $17.99
In his first book for children, renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara tells the charming story of a puppy so large that no one notices him—until a determined little girl climbs high enough to meet him and become his friend. A sweet tale from an artist for whom childhood holds a magical appeal, The Lonesome Puppy is sure to delight young readers and Nara fans of all ages.
Yoshitomo Nara is one of the most popular and influential contemporary artists in Japan, whose work—often featuring little girls and puppies—has attracted a worldwide following. This is his first book for children. He lives in Tochigi, Japan.
Stop Bugging Me: That's What Friends Are For (A Smudge Book) by Daniel Cleary $10.99
Smudge the dog is busy. He has a secret errand to run, and it isn't anybody’s business. But not one of his friends—not Piggie, nor Fuzzie, nor Scribbles, nor Foggie—listens to his pleas. This charming and disarming story, about a curmudgeon who is loved—in spite of himself—by his faithful flock of friends, will win over readers of all ages.
Daniel Cleary is an artist, clothing designer, and actor-turned-writer, who makes his Blue Apple Books debut in fall 2010. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he now lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Mermaid Dance by Marjorie Hakala $16.99
As the sun sets on the ocean, the sky turns pink, then purple, the spring becomes the summer, and a celebration begins. Mermaids arrive, ready to greet the new season by playing, feasting, and dancing in the high tide.
Mark Jones' pastel illustrations capture an enchanting and mysterious world sure to delight the imagination of all readers.
Marjorie Rose Hakala is a Minnesota native and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Queens, New York, and has always been fascinated by fairy tales and folklore. She is still waiting to see her first mermaid.
Mark Jones was born in Switzerland, grew up in Florida, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a degree in illustration. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and wonders if the mermen had their own party.
Rita and Whatsit by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod $14.99
Rita is a little girl with a big personality.
Whatsit is a dog without a name.
Rita enjoys dressing up, running around, and being in charge. Whatsit enjoys chewing on things, sleeping, and cheating at checkers. Together, they are perfect friends.
In this, the first book of a new series, Rita is not pleased with any of her birthday presents...until one of them starts running away.
Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod was born in Bordeaux, France. He is a teacher, editor, and the author of many books for children and adults. He lives in the suburbs of Paris.
Olivier Tallec has illustrated many books for children. He lives in Paris.
Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Selbold $16.99
Dagmar is not like other vampires. He's shy, he's afraid of humans, and . . . he's a vegetarian! But even more than he likes vegetables, Dagmar loves candy. And when he hears about all the treats he can get on Halloween, he knows he has to be brave and venture out into the human world. A wonderful new book from the author and illustrator of Olive, the Other Reindeer.
J.otto Seibold has created or co-created 15 books for children, including Olive, the Other Reindeer; Penguin Dreams; and the Mr. Lunch books. He lives in San Francisco.
Siobhan Vivian once raced electric go-karts with J.otto Seibold, and thankfully, neither of them was seriously injured. Her first novel for young adults came out in March 2008. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves $6.96
Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. So he put on his hat, and his shoes made in France... and opened a jar and put ants in his pants! So begins this monstrously funny, deliciously disgusting, horrifyingly hilarious story of a monster who follows his dream. Keith Graves' wacky illustrations and laugh-out-loud text will tickle the funny bone and leave readers clamoring for an encore.
Up by Jim LaMarche $16.95
Daniel was tired of being little. Mouse! They'd been calling him that since he was born. He hadn't used to mind it, even liked it once, but not anymore. He poked at some crackers on the table. "Someday I'll be so strong," he mumbled. "Someday . . ."
And then it happened. Something so strange, Daniel wasn't sure he could believe his eyes. One little cracker trembled for a second, then lifted up off the table. Not much. Not even an inch. Then, just as suddenly, it dropped right back down. Daniel blinked. Had that really happened? How? Had he done it?
Up is the story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent, a talent no one knows about but him. Can Mouse really lift things off the ground? Or is it enough that he believes he can? Once again Jim LaMarche has mixed the magical with the everyday to create a book that stretches our imaginations and our dreams.
Jim LaMarche has been mixing magic with the everyday since 1992, when his illustrations for Laura Krauss Melmed's The Rainbabies earned him international acclaim, winning the Prix de Bologna in 1993. He is the father of three boys and lives with his wife in Central California.
Emily's Balloon by Komako Sakai $14.95
One day, Emily gets a balloon. By the end of the afternoon, the balloon is no longer just a plaything. Emily and the balloon are friends. But when the balloon blows away, what will Emily do? The beautifully evocative illustrations and the timeless innocence of the story make this deceptively simple book a sure classic—sweet, compelling, and filled with the wonder and discovery of friendship.
Komako Sakai lives in Japan, and studied art in Tokyo. She worked in textile design before beginning to illustrate children's books. She is the winner of the Japanese Picture Book Prize. This is her first book in English.
Vincent's Colors by Vincent van Gogh $14.95
Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's most famous artists. Throughout his life, he wrote to his younger brother, Theo, about his colorful, dynamic paintings. This book pairs the artist's paintings with his own words.
Van Gogh's descriptions, arranged as a simple rhyme, introduce young readers to all the colors of the rainbow—and beyond. The descriptive words combine with spectacular reproductions of many of the artist's most beloved and important works to create a perfect art book for young and old alike.
Thirteen O'Clock by James Stimson $15.95
This is the story of a very normal girl on an almost normal night in a fairly normal house—normal, that is, except for a not-so-normal clock whose numbers count not twelve but a spooky thirteen.
James Stimson's extraordinary book about the antics of a perky prankster in pajamas is a feast of words and pictures. Filled with sly wordplay, atmospheric illustrations, and a baker's dozen of spritely, spooky, spunky characters, it reminds readers that more fun than fright can be had from things that go bump, bong, groan, clatter, squeak, and gong in the night.
James Stimson is a freelance illustrator who has worked extensively on film animation (he was the cut-out character designer for the film version of James and the Giant Peach.) He lives in Northern California and this is his first book.
Bruno Munari's Zoo by Bruno Munari $17.99
Bruno Munari was an internationally acclaimed artist, designer, and children's book creator. A contemporary of Leo Leonni, his books have been hailed as "among the most original, inventive and beautiful ever created." Zoo is among his most graphically stunning works. Meet the kangaroo, who is all legs but doesn't know it, the zebra in his striped pajamas, and the humpy camel, who has a seat for you. Young readers will enjoy Munari's bright, bold illustrations; older readers will appreciate his wry humor. From children to collectors, Bruno Munari's Zoo is certain to enchant a whole new generation.
"Graphic designer Bruno Munari is one of the most inventive picture book creators I know. I have been inspired, entertained, and in awe of his work since I was a graphic design student in Germany more than 50 years ago. And Zoo has been one of my favorites. I am delighted that it is available once again for a new generation of picture book readers of all ages." —Eric Carle
Bruno Munari was an internationally acclaimed artist, graphic designer, and children's book creator. During the course of his career, he received many prizes and awards, including a Japan Design Foundation prize, and honorable mention by the Academy of Sciences in New York, and the Andersen Prize for best children's author of 1974.
1000 Interior Details for the Home: And Where To Find Them by Ian Rudge and Geraldine Rudge $35
This book looks at every aspect of interior detail for domestic spaces. It is designed to appeal to anyone interested in improving the home environment, from DIY enthusiasts to professionals such as architects and interior designers. Products selected come from around the world and are all currently available to buy (websites of manufacturers/suppliers are included in the product captions). The selection includes a combination of the newest and the best products launched since the millennium, arranged into chapters to provide inspiration for every space in the domestic interior.
The book has seven chapters: Walls and Floors; Doors, Windows and Stairs; Heating and Cooling; Kitchens; Bathrooms; Lighting; Home Technology. Each chapter is prefaced by an in-depth interview with a leading architect or designer who has a specialist knowledge of the chapter’s subject. For example, James Soane, co-founder of Project Orange, looks at windows and doors. Gregorio Spini, the founder of Kundalini, one of Italy's most progressive lighting manufacturers, discusses domestic lighting. Jack Mama, creative director at Philips Design, talks about technology in the home.
Ian Rudge is the co-founder of 100%Design, the UK's leading design event, launched in 1995 with sister shows in Moscow and Tokyo. He is now joint-director of Tent London, a group of cutting-edge design shows which were launched at the Truman Brewery during London Design Festival, 2007.
Geraldine Rudge, Ian's sister, was editor of Crafts magazine, the international applied and decorative arts title, for eighteen years. She has written for a range of national newspapers and magazines and is author of Garden Crafts (1999).
Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick $35.00
In Decorate, the world's top designers and leading décor experts—including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others—come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer, this intensive home décor program combines beautiful inspiration with nuts-and-bolts how-to—for stunning results. More than 500 gorgeous color photographs provide motivation while line illustrations, checklists, shortcuts, and floor plans make it easy to get started. For those looking to make the most of their home and create stylish interiors, Decorate is the start-to-finish resource to keep on the bookshelf for years to come.
Holly Becker is the founder and editor of Decor8blog.com and columnist for RealSimple.com. She lives in Hannover, Germany.
Joanna Copestick is the author of over ten lifestyle and décor books. She lives in London.
Debi Treloar has photographed for Elle Décor, the Sunday Times, and over thirty books. She lives in London.
Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe by Joanne Chang $35
Every day 1,500 Bostonians can't resist buying sweet, simple treats such as Homemade Pop-Tarts, from an alumna of Harvard with a degree in economics. From Brioche au Chocolat and Lemon Raspberry Cake to perfect croissants, Flour Bakery-owner Joanne Chang's repertoire of baked goods is deep and satisfying. While at Harvard she discovered that nothing made her happier than baking cookies – leading her on a path that eventually resulted in a sticky bun triumph over Bobby Flay on the Food Network's Throwdown. Almost 150 Flour recipes such as Milky Way Tart and Dried Fruit Focaccia are included, plus Joanne's essential baking tips, making this mouthwatering collection an accessible, instant classic cookbook for the home baker.
Joanne Chang is the chef-owner of Flour Bakery in Boston. She has a degree in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University and was a pastry chef at Payard Patisserie and Mistral. She lives in Boston.
Christie Matheson is the author or co-author of several books, including Salty Sweets. She lives in Boston and San Francisco.
Keller + Keller are Boston-based food and lifestyle photographers.
The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook $19.95
San Francisco is world-renowned for its chefs and restaurants, and the acclaimed food section of the San Francisco Chronicle is widely acknowledged to be one of the best food sections in the country. Regular contributors include some of the finest chefs and food writers anywhere, among them Joyce Goldstein, Flo Braker, Alice Waters, Jeremiah Tower, Marlena Spieler, Janet Fletcher, and Georgeanne Brennan. Michael Bauer, the food editor of the Chronicle, has assembled here a definitive collection of recipes that represent the best of California cuisine—simple and stylish, with an appreciation for ethnic flavorings and a commitment to fresh ingredients. Including 325 recipes, for soups, salads, appetizers, meat and vegetable entrees, condiments and relishes, as well as desserts, this inspiring new cookbook is sure to take its place with The New York Times Cookbook as an indispensable and beloved classic.
Michael Bauer has been a food journalist for more than 15 years and has been the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle food section for 10 years.
Fran Irwin has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1977 and is an editor in the food section.
A Good Day for Salad by Jeannette Ferrary and Louise Fiszer $18.95
Once upon a time, salad meant lettuce, tomato, and cucumber covered in Thousand Island dressing. Today it’s succulent fish, seasoned meat, crispy tofu, herb pasta, and anything else you want to toss together in a saladlike way. In A Good Day for Salad, Jeannette Ferrary and Louise Fiszer get creative, offering an intriguing array of starter salads, dinner salads, party salads, picnic salads, and dessert salads, as well as classics and ingenious new takes on old favorites. Here are 150 salads to delight the gourmand, the health nut, the dieter, the vegetarian, hurriers, worriers, and even people who hate to cook. Complete with helpful cooking tips and entertaining anecdotes, A Good Day for Salad is a celebration of the contemporary salad and a tasty answer to just about any mealtime dilemma.
Jeannette Ferrary -- author of Between Friends: M.F.K. Fisher and Me -- writes for many publications, including Bon Appetit, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Louise Fiszer -- a nationally known cooking teacher and food consultant -- has contributed to Food and Wine magazine and is currently a food columnist for the San Jose Mercury News.
Quick & Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes by Nancy McDermott $18.95
Now busy home cooks can bring the fantastic flavors of Thai cuisine into the kitchen with a simple trip to the grocery store. Nancie McDermott, experienced cook, teacher, and author of the best-selling cookbook Real Thai, presents this collection of 70 delicious recipes that focus on easy-to-find ingredients and quick cooking methods to whip up traditional Thai. With recipes like Crying Tiger Grilled Beef, Grilled Shrimp and Scallops with Lemongrass, Sticky Rice with Mangoes, and Thai Iced Tea, along with McDermott's highly practical array of shortcuts, substitutions, and timesaving techniques, anyone can prepare home-cooked authentic Thai meals -- as often as they like.
Nancie McDermott is a food writer and cooking teacher specializing in the cuisine of Thailand, where she spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her food articles have appeared in numerous magazines, and she is the author of the perennially popular cookbook, Real Thai.
Alison Miksch 's photographs have been featured in many magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, and Shape. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Quick and Easy Korean Cooking (Gourmet Cook Book Club Selection) by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee $22.95
Imagine sitting down to a sumptuous and fragrant dinner of Dumpling Soup with Rice Cakes after a long day of work. And a hot summer afternoon just begs for a picnic basket stocked with Chilled Cucumber Soup, delicate Chicken Skewers with Green Onions, and Seaweed Rice Rolls. Using ingredients that are readily available and techniques already familiar to home cooks, these Korean specialties can easily be dinner any night of the week. With appetizers and snacks, soups and hot pots, side dishes, entrees, rice, noodles, and a whole chapter devoted to kimchi, Quick & Easy Korean Cooking will bring new flavors to the dinner table.
Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee is a first-generation Korean-American who has written about food for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Food & Wine, Eating Well, and Korean Culture. She lives in Los Angeles.
Julie Toy is a Los Angeles-based photographer.
The Country Cooking of France by Anne Willan $50
Renowned for her cooking school in France and her many best-selling cookbooks, Anne Willan combines years of hands-on experience with extensive research to create a brand new classic. More than 250 recipes range from the time-honored La Truffade, with its crispy potatoes and melted cheese, to the Languedoc specialty Cassoulet de Toulouse, a bean casserole of duck confit, sausage, and lamb. And the desserts! Crêpes au Caramel et Beurre Salé (crêpes with a luscious caramel filling) and Galette Landaise (a rustic apple tart) are magnifique. Sprinkled with intriguing historical tidbits and filled with more than 270 enchanting photos of food markets, villages, harbors, fields, and country kitchens, this cookbook is an irresistible celebration of French culinary culture.
Anne Willan is an award-winning cooking teacher, food writer, and the author of more than 30 cookbooks. She operates La Varenne, her esteemed cooking school, at Chateau du Fey in Burgundy, France.
France Ruffenach is a San Francisco-based photographer, whose work also includes Tartine.
My total is roughly $497.
Pretty amazing books - it was tough to narrow down the books. Chronicle has an amazing selection of architecture and design books, cookbooks and children's books. I spent several hours just browsing.
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