27 May 2012

CBS Sunday Morning Talks Snow White and the New Breed of Fairytale Princesses

"Fairy tale princesses have come a long way, baby, and it's nowhere more obvious than in "Snow White & the Huntsman."
This morning CBS Sunday Morning did an excellent 3:33 piece on Snow White and the Huntsman.
"A friend recently showed her daughter the wonderful mock fairy tale "The Princess Bride," from 1987, and the little girl was horrified when the hero and heroine were attacked by a giant rat. It's not that it was violent. It's that the princess didn't pick up a sword. What's the matter with her? Does she expect to be, like, RESCUED?"
Good right? Click here to read and watch David Edelstein's "Snow White No Disney Fairy Tale". It's a short, clever, and interesting commentary, comparison, and review.

24 May 2012

Yackety-yak: I've Been Caged

Help! I've been having problems commenting on WordPress blogs. I comment and then it disappears? I think I might be caught in your spam filters.

If you're a WordPress blogger would you see if I've been snagged?

20 May 2012

Alert! Free Kindle eBooks: Branded & Eden

It's Kindle freebie alert time! Branded and Eden (both by Keary Taylor) are both currently available for FREE for the Kindle. I haven't had a chance to check out Branded yet but I did really dig Eden. So run over and grab yours before while the offer lasts. Happy Sunday.

Click here to learn more about Eden at Goodreads.
Click here to learn more about Branded at Goodreads.

5/21 UPDATE: Eden is no longer free. But Branded still is.

Don't have a Kindle but still interested? Consider downloading the Kindle reader (for free) for your for PC, BlackBerry, or iPhone. Own a nook? Check out Free Friday at Hott Books.

19 May 2012

News Flash: Coupon for Tales of Whimsy Readers

Happy Saturday! I have got some great news! The nice folks at Litographs.com were so jazzed by your interest on my post about their lovely literary lithographs that they are offering $5. off to my readers. Just enter the word WHIMSY. Offer good on any order between now and midnight May 26th.

18 May 2012

Book-to-Recipe: Perfect Ten Dauntless Chicken Skewers

Love books? Like cooking? Then you're like me and have been itching for a peak inside The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook. Well I have a treat for you. Straight from the 2012 edition, I bring you an easy chicken recipe (called the Perfect Ten Dauntless Chicken Skewers) that is perfect for summer. Enjoy! We sure did. Mr. Whimsy and I will definitely be making this recipe again.

Have you ever made or created a recipe inspired by a novel?

The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook features all sorts of recipes (soups, meat, baked goods). To purchase The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook visit AmazonTo learn more about Christy Dorrity visit Christy Dorrity.com.

Please note: This skewers picture was taken by and for Tales of Whimsy.com. The book has much clearer photography.

16 May 2012

Eureka! Litographs

Grab your pocketbooks ladies 'cause what I'm about to show you is not only lovely and perfect for any reader, but it's affordable! The website is called Litographs.com and they sell lithographs made of the text from the book. Thus, the term litographs. Get it? Cute and seriously cool right? Below is an example of the Moby Dick and Alice prints with a zoom in on the words.

They come in your choice of pretty muted colors (like above) or black and white. So check them out! So far I can't decide which one is my favorite and I can't wait to see what the Mary Poppins print will look like (due out next month).

13 May 2012

Yackety-yak: Mother's Day & New Header

Mr. Whimsy surprised me today with a three month subscription to Audible.com, flowers, french toast, and has been watching Breakfast at Tiffany's with me. (Can you believe I've never seen it?) I hope you had a beautiful day today either celebrating your mom and/or being a mom. Happy Mother's Day!

P.S. Check out the new header! Thank you Blogging Bella Designs. Button coming soon.

Image source unknown. But I do know I am SO going to have to reproduce this one day with Baby Whimsy.

08 May 2012

Well Said: Wondering

"He reads histories and mythologies and fairy tales, wondering why it seems that only girls are ever swept away from their mundane lives..."
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Good question isn't it? The Night Circus audio book has been enchanting me thus far. How is your current book treating you?

01 May 2012

Eureka! Love in the Stacks

Today, I'm wishing I could buy this print. 
Isn't it lovely? It's called Polka Dots in the Strand.

Prints are available for purchase at the illustrator's Etsy shop Sophie Blackall. To see more visit her blog a MissedConnectionsNY or check out her book Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found.

Garmann's Secret

2¢ Worth: Garmann's Secret is unlike any kid's book I have ever read. The art is funky, bright, detailed, and has a distinct cut and paste collage feel. But what makes it unique is the way the story and the art coalesce. In the story a boy and a girl, through their secret hideout, explore their friendship. Over time that friendship buds into a sweet romance. Which leads me to this coalescence I mentioned. I noticed that as the story progressed, the girl became prettier. Kids will probably miss this message. But to me it was a subtle hidden Easter egg for the adults. Reminding us that loves makes us see things sweeter.

Whippersnappers: There is a kiss and the book does mildly address bullying.

Garmann's Secret
(written and illustrated by Stian Hole, published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, and available as a 11.5 x 9.4 inches hardcover) is a fun coming of age story with a My Girl feel. 4 stars

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