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Category: Kids

It’s Time to #PlayTestShare!

by Melissa
Kids / September 18, 2017

With fall right around the corner it’s the perfect time to gather your family around the kitchen table and enjoy one of the many games, activities and interactive books available from Chronicle Books and Laurence King. We sent some of our new fall favourites to a team of bloggers across the country to play, test, and share their findings with the rest of us while offering a chance to enter and win a game or book of your choice from the selection presented below.

The contest will run from September 19th to the 28th and participating reviewers include 3 Plus a Bunny, A Net in Time, Book Time, Discovering Parenthood, Fab Book Reviews, Frugal Mom Eh, Glimpse Reviews, MBA Mama Musings, My Little House of Treasures, Quillable, The Mommy Mix, and Working Mommy Journal.

Tag us @RaincoastBooks and use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites!


After Dinner Amusements: Family Time
This is a fun little twist on classic games and activities and offers easy amusement during family dinners, holiday gatherings and road trips! This miniature deck of cards features fifty thoughtful and playful questions about the past, present, and future – a great way for family members to connect and learn new things about one another.

Animal Friends on Parade Puzzle
From a gorilla in a party hat to a hedgehog rat-a-tat-tatting on his drum, these animal friends from different habitats—the jungle, farm, woodland, and Arctic—know that togetherness is something to celebrate. Featuring twelve double-sided uniquely die-cut pieces by artist Junzo Terada, this fun puzzle offers (nearly) endless combinations, providing hours of entertainment.

Say Zoop!
The newest book from Herve Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page's reaction. Tullet's books define the genre of participatory bookmaking, encouraging readers to explore and interact with the physical book in all its dimensions. The reward is tremendous: a journey of whimsy and sheer fun that extends well beyond the book's pages.

Donner Dinner Party
Who's safe when there are cannibals hiding among you? That's the question at the heart of this fast-paced game of social deduction in which cannibals and pioneers face off in a fight for survival. Set in the winter of 1846, players are members of the ill-fated Donner Party wagon train, stranded atop a mountain with no food. Rowdy, outrageous, and full of deception, this party game packs a delightfully wicked twist!

Ghost Story Box
Based on a unique and original format, this game contains 20 story-telling puzzle pieces printed on both sides. Each piece can be interchanged or flipped over to allow for all kinds of plot twists and turns, and there are even two alternative endings! When all the puzzle pieces are used, they stretch out to over 8-feet long to tell your own mega ghost story!

Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs
Press out, slot together and play with your very own T-Rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Pteranodon. Created by talented paper artist and engineer Sato Hisao, each of these detailed 3D models comes with easy-to-follow assembly instructions. No scissors or glue required!

Star Wars Super Graphic
Graphic design guru Tim Leong presents STAR WARS trivia via playful pie charts, bar graphs, and other data-driven infographics. From a Venn diagram of Yoda's idiosyncrasies to an organizational chart of the Empire to a line graph of Grand Moff Tarkin's management decisions, STAR WARS SUPER GRAPHIC shines a new light on the much-adored universe. Equal parts playful and informative, this visual love letter to the vast STAR WARS universe will enchant fans of all ages.

Travel Matching Game
Mix and match with this classic matching game, which includes 36 robust, jumbo-size cards featuring charming illustrations by Greg Pizzoli that will have kids ready to pack up their bags and explore the world! Children will adore pairing colorful images of suitcases, taxis, stop signs, and other classic travel imagery as they develop memory, concentration, and identification skills.

Royal Bingo
This majestically illustrated bingo game features portraits of 64 royal icons from around the world. Spot famous faces like William and Kate, or meet some less familiar figures such as the playboy prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein. Each royal is further brought to life in an accompanying booklet, which details their personalities, foibles, gaffes and romances. Who will reign supreme?


#PlayTestShare: Spring Break!

by Melissa
Kids / March 07, 2017

It’s time for another #PlayTestShare! Chronicle, Twirl and Princeton have developed a reputation for quality books, games and colouring books that inspire creativity and imagination for kids of all ages.  And with Spring Break around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to send our favourites to enthusiastic bloggers and book reviewers to play, test and share with their readers!

Check out their reviews during the week ahead and enter to win one of ten offerings at any of these participating blogs: My Little House of Treasures, British Columbia Mom, Frugal Mom Eh, Book Time, Our Happy Place, 3 Plus a Bunny, Fab Book Reviews, The Mommy Mix, Quillable, Working Mommy Journal, Glimpse Reviews, Discovering Parenthood, MBA Mama Musings, and Kinderlit.

Tag us @RaincoastBooks and use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites!

Contest runs from March 9 to March 16.

#PlayTestShare Picks for Spring Break 2017:

Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo

A classic family-friendly game gets revved up with a winning combination of construction vehicles and farm animals, featuring artwork from the picture book Old MacDonald Had a Truck. With six illustrated, double-sided game boards plus a set of colorful bingo calling cards and chips, this easy-to-learn game is sure to be a hit at any playdate or family game night.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site--this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there's nothing they can't do!

Quicktionary

Introducing a new, fast-paced casual card game for word lovers and anyone who loves to think on their feet. Simple to learn, with nearly endless possibilities, this free-for-all game is a fun addition to any game night.

642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s and Artist’s Edition

A new offering in the wildly popular 642 series, this unique journal encourages young creators to dive deep into the subject they know best-themselves! Packed with quirky, thought-provoking, and imaginative drawing and writing prompts, this journal a fun way for kids to document their lives, jump-start their creative talent, and produce a memorable keepsake-or the first draft of their bestselling memoir.

TouchThinkLearn Fly!

A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable-and movable-characters and scenery to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn format, featuring the hallmark production technique of glued-on pieces dovetailing with die-cut openings.

Space Playing Cards
Featuring Photos from Nasa Archives

Launch into your favorite card games while immersing yourself in deep space! Each playing card features extraordinary NASA photography and two Pantone colors on beautifully designed card backs. Includes a complete 52-card playing deck, plus 2 jokers.

Birds of the World

A beautifully illustrated guide that introduces aspiring ornithologists to fun facts through a range of coloring activities, removable stickers, and a short quiz. In the process, children learn about the rich variety of birds living in our world, including nightingales, swallows, hummingbirds, pelicans, penguins, parrots, toucans, and flamingos, and many more.

Crystal Menagerie Coloring Book

This fresh new coloring book renders foxes, birds, hedgehogs, and more with a prismatic look that makes them as cool to display as they are pleasing to color. With just the right level of detail, these unique designs can easily be completed in one sitting if so desired, but those who want a more involved coloring session can opt for a 3-dimensional look-and make these animals leap off the page.

Ultimate Book of Cities

Featuring 59 flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs and movable parts, this all-you-need-to-know guide provides detailed information about what makes a city tick: from the different ways of getting around and what goes on in all the big buildings, to what traffic signs mean and who are all the people who keep the city in tip-top shape!

Towering Tree Puzzle

Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!


22 Rep Picks to Read this Spring

by Brooke Kosty
Animals & Nature + Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Food & Drink + Graphica + Home & Garden + Humour + Kids + Picture Books + Psychology & Self-Help + Travel + YA Fiction / February 20, 2017



A new year means new books and we've got all of the recommendations you could possibly need! Kick the year off right with these hand-picked selections for the early spring season!
 

Dani Farmer

This Is That
by Chris Kelly, Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring
"Sometimes this great country of ours seems a little too good to be true. You, being Canadian, already know the wonders of Flin Flon’s tropical beaches and how to portage the Rideau Canal (with or without a protective toque) but there may be people in your life that don’t. Thankfully, the This is That: Travel Guide to Canada is both hilarious and faux-informative. You’ve heard the show on CBC, now let it guide you through our magnificent nation!"
 
The River
by Marc Martin
"Ever since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of sailing down a long and winding river, watching the jungles or forests or cities pass me by as I make my way to a faraway sea. I don’t know how, but Marc Martin managed to bring my childish imagining to reality. I only wish I could fall into its lush pages for real!"
 
 

Ali Hewitt

Unf*ck Your Habitat
by Rachel Hoffman
"You have until January to make room on your bookshelf for the only housekeeping and organizational book that acknowledges that you might not even remember what your bookshelf looks like under all that stuff you’ve piled on it. Or possibly even where your bookshelf is."
 
XO, OX
by Adam Rex, illustrated by Scott Campbell
"In this charming epistolary picture book, you and Gazelle will both fall in love with lovelorn Ox. A winner for sure!"

 

Judy Parker

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
by Kathleen Rooney
"We Canadians are lucky enough to have an afforable trade paper edition of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. Lillian is a one of a kind character — an 85 year old Manhattanite who worked in the “Mad Men” era of advertising and who is walking across the rundown Manhattan of 1984. In one novel (and one walk) the reader gets a glimpse into a life that traversed the century and into the city that shaped her.”
 
Caraval
by Stephanie Garber
"The promise of a new fantasy novel with an original magical world, an intense and unbreakable sisterly bond and a mesmerizing romance hooked me immediately. Rights have been sold in over 25 countries, film rights were pre-empted and the early reads and reviews are spectacular. Caraval has all the hallmarks of being a sensation!"
 
 

Lorna MacDonald

Letters to a Young Muslim
by Saif Ghobash
"This is a highly readable manifesto for young Muslims written as informal letters by Saif Ghobash, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Russia. Ghobash explores what it means to be a Muslim in today’s changing world; he seeks to make sense of the violent nature of extreme Islam and separate it from the moderate Islam embraced by the majority of Muslims today. How can moderate Muslims unite and find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world?"
 
The Edge of Everything
by Jeff Giles
"In this sci-fi fantasy debut, the first of a new series, 17 year old Zoe, reeling from her father’s sudden death and her neighbour’s mysterious disappearance, is brutally attacked and then rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter called 'X.' X is from a hell called the Lowlands and has been sent to capture the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker. As Zoe and X learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past and their fate. Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) found this novel, 'Gripping, utterly original, beautifully written.' Now that is an endorsement!"

 

Saffron Beckwith

Terms and Conditions
by Robert Sikoryak
"Wow! What an entirely crazy and brilliant concept. Sikoryak makes one of the most boring documents on the planet unputdownable."
 
The Night I Followed the Dog (new in trade paper)
by Nina Laden
"I loved this book when it first came out and 20 years later it is more awesome than ever!"
 
 

Ryan Muscat

An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist
by Nick Middleton
"The Principality of Sealand was declared in 1967 on an unused air defence platform in the North Sea, about 12 kilometres off the coast of England. It has a population of 27, issues stamps, coins, licence plates, passports, has a national anthem, has been invaded, and fields a football team. It is not a real country. Find out about Sealand and dozens of other non-existent countries with no diplomatic recognition in An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist. The book is a beautifully illustrated and fascinating compendium of weird and wonderful places, and is a perfect gift for friends and family from Christiania to Moreset to Circassia."
 
Noisy Night
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Brian Biggs
"Have you ever wondered who’s making the noises you hear coming from the apartments above you? Mac Barnett, the king of the children’s picture book, has the answers in Noisy Night: sheep, opera singers, babies, and others. This fun book, beautifully illustrated in split-level spreads by Brian Biggs, is a fantastic read-along picture book for little kids."
 
 

Jenny Enriquez

The World's Best Spicy Food (2nd edition)
by Lonely Planet
"Embark on a culinary journey and explore spicy food from all over the world — then make them at home with the 100 recipes included! Because who doesn’t love food and travel? This book seamlessly combines the best of both worlds and is perfect for foodies and those afflicted with wanderlust."
 
The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco
"The first book is a new YA dark fantasy series from Rin Chupeco! You’ll find lots of necromancy, magic, and witches within these pages. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sara Raasch, and Garth Nix’s The Old Kingdom series."
 
 

Laurie Martella

The Forgetting Time (new in trade paper)
by Sharon Guskin
"The Forgetting Time is not a book that can easily be forgotten. It stays with you. It haunts you with thoughts of the after-life. I found myself so engaged with this mother’s quest to do whatever she could to help her son, who did not fully belong to her alone. Chilling. Compelling. Read it!"
 
Frankie
by Mary Sullivan
"Frankie will charm you. Through few words, and speech bubbles, much is expressed about building a new friendship, and learning to share.”
 
Cheryl Fraser
 

Bites on a Board
by Anni Daulter
"A perfect book to show you how to impress your guests with creative food served on unique cutting boards."
 
C is for Canada
by Trish Madson, illustrated by David M. Miles
"A great book for little ones to learn about Canada on our 150th birthday. A perfect addition to a Canadian’s list."
 
 
Karen Stacey
 

Birds of Prey
by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. Karlson
"Stunning photography, well documented and invaluable information — Birds of Prey is a superb book for all book lovers and any popular nature collection. This is much more than an identification guide. It discusses raptor ecology, behavior, conservation, and more. Another great addition to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s valued collection in the field of ornithology."
 
Max
by Sarah Cohen-Scali
"A must read for 14+ and adults. Originally published in France, the subject matter is WW2 Germany and the Lebensborn project, creating and defining a 'pure race.' Unlike The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, our young protagonist is not an innocent; he has been bred and trained to be the prototype of the 'exceptional people' — pure evil. The wonder of this novel and its extraordinary writing is it allows you to understand and grow to love him against all your instincts to despise him. A disturbing, thoughtful and important book for anyone interested in history, fine writing and the wish to understand a perspective other than our own. Compulsive reading, impeccably researched and utterly disturbing."
 
 
Morgen Young
 

In the Great Green Room
by Amy Gary
"Like so many parents before me, I read Goodnight Moon to my son daily, and still have most of it committed to memory. How amazing it is to find out that Margaret Wise Brown was so vivacious, creative and ground-breaking! 70 years after its original publication, we finally get to learn the details of this force to be reckoned with."
 
Mosquitoes Can't Bite Ninjas
by Jordan P. Novak
"A hilarious debut that captures the playfulness of childhood and the aggravation of mosquitoes! I have been looking for the secret to beating those little pests, and I finally have it! A perfect way to distract and retract from those annoying little bugs that buzz in all our ears."
 

Top 30 Book Covers of 2016

by Brooke Kosty
Fiction + Food & Drink + Kids + Politics + YA Fiction / December 20, 2016

 

Take a look at some of our favourite cover designs from the last year!

 

Virgin and Other Stories
by April Ayers Lawson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
 

Hurt People
by Cote Smith
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Beautiful Bureaucrat
by Helen Phillps
Picador

 

Cannibals in Love
by Mike Roberts
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Ramshackle Ode
by Keith Leonard
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

The Imperial Wife
by Irina Reyn
St. Martin's Press

 

The Good Lieutenant
by Whitney Terrell
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

All the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders
Tor

 

Vinegar Socks
by Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer
Hardie Grant

 

The Other Me
by Saskia Sarginson
Flatiron Books

 

The Guineveres
by Sarah Domet
Flatiron Books

 

Future Sex
by Emily Witt
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

American Philosophy
by John Kaag
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

We Gon' Be Alright
by Jeff Chang
Picador

 

If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo
Flatiron Books

 

Change Your Mind
by Rod Judkins
Hardie Grant

 

Green Kitchen Smoothies
by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Hardie Grant

 

Spoon
by Annie Morris and Johnny Shimmin
Hardie Grant

 

Children of the New World
by Alexander Weinstein
Picador

 

The 100 Year Miracle
by Ashley Ream
Flatiron Books

 

The Lonely City
by Olivia Laing
Picador

 

Mr. Splitfoot
by Samantha Hunt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet
by H.P. Wood
Sourcebooks

 

Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt & Co

 

The Night Parade
by Kathryn Tanquary
Sourcebooks

 

The Moravian Night
by Peter Handke
Krishna Winston

 

Cabo de Gata
by Eugen Ruge
Graywolf

 

The Lost Time Accidents
by John Wray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

With Malice
by Eileen Cook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

A Wife of Noble Character
by Yvonne Georgina Puig
Henry Holt & Co

 


24 Rep Picks to Read this Fall

by Brooke Kosty
Art & Photography + Biography & Memoir + Essays + Fiction + Food & Drink + Graphica + Humour + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / October 03, 2016



Fall is here! And fall = not feeling guilty about staying in all weekend with your books. So if you're ready to curl up with a blanket and a good read, but not sure which book to pair with your pumpkin spice beverage, let some of the pros help you out with some of their favourite books of the fall season.
 

Judy Parker

The Guineveres
by Sarah Domet
"I am eagerly anticipating The Guineveres. The editors at Flatiron Books have not yet let me down as they have introduced me to new voices and new stories in the past. Debut author Domet’s story of the complicated nature of female friendship is already receiving early rave reviews, including a comparison to The Virgin Suicides. I can’t wait!"
 
Waiting for Snow
by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Renata Liwska
"Despite complaints about long winters, we prairie people love the first snow! Waiting for Snow charmingly reflects the excitement and impatience of children waiting for those first snowflakes. Renata Liwska’s adorable illustrations of the cast of animals coming together to try to make it snow and learning that everything happens in its own time are spot on. This is a wonderful celebration of snow and an ode to the virtues of patience!"

 

Dani Farmer

Bad Girls Throughout History
by Ann Shen
"I’m a fan of any book that puts historical figures like Ada Lovelace alongside modern heroines like Malala Yousafzai. These 100 women deserve to be remembered for challenging the establishment with their politics, innovations and talents; after all, in the immortal words of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, 'Bitches get stuff done.'”
 
Vassa in the Night
by Sarah Porter
"Urban fantasy and Russian folklore make for page-turning magic when Brooklyn is plunged into darkness and Baba Yaga is to blame."
 
 

Ryan Muscat

We Gon' Be Alright
by Jeff Chang
"Jeff Chang is one of America’s most astute cultural observers, and in We Gon’ Be Alright, he turns his attention to race in America in light of police killings of unarmed civilians, Ferguson, and Black Lives Matter. Chang is the acclaimed author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation, and Who We Be. Built around a central essay on Ferguson and the killing of Michael Brown, We Gon’ Be Alright is an impassioned and charged look at the most contentious issues in the current discussion of race in America."
 
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
by Kate Beasley, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
"In what’s sure to be an instant classic in the vein of Ramona Quimby, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness is a sweet and heartwarming story about a precocious and sassy young girl trying to be the best fifth grader ever, in order to show her absent mother what she’ll be missing if she leaves town. This is a masterful debut novel for Kate Beasley, and the book is also filled with gorgeous illustrations by the fantastic Toronto cartoonist Jillian Tamaki, a Governor General’s Award and Caldecott-winning veteran."
 
 

Laurie Martella

The Other Einstein
by Marie Benedict
"This is the untold story of Mileva Maric Einstein, a brilliant math scholar and Albert Einstein’s first wife. It’s the subject of debate just how much scientific contribution she had made to her husband’s famous works. A little more recognition would be nice."
 
The Trap (new in trade paper)
by Steven Arntson
"It’s A Wrinkle in Time set in the 1960s, small town Iowa. A sci-fi mystery that has four friends who travel through the “subtle plane” (sound familiar?) and discover that they are not the only ones with this amazing ability to have out-of-body experiences. Fun middle grade read!"

 

Lorna MacDonald

Table Manners
by Jeremiah Tower, illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg
"An entertaining and practical guide to manners for everyone and every occasion by Jeremiah Tower — a larger than life celebrity chef and food entrepreneur. Tower has advice on everything: food allergies, RSVPs, iPhones, running late, thank-yous, restaurant etiquette, even what to do when you are served something disgusting. Witty design and line drawings, couples with practical bits of advice make this an ideal gift for anyone of any age. This is Strunk & White for the table."
 
The Storybook Knight
by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty
"From the author illustrator team who brought us the best-selling Snatchabook, The Storybook Knight celebrates the power of reading and the love of a good book. Leo is a gentle knight — a reader not a fighter. But his parents want him to battle griffins and trolls and slay dragons. Leo sets out on a quest with a sword and a shield and plenty of books. He manages to tame a number of unruly beasts in his own way — through the power of a good story. Written in rhyming text and richly illustrated, this is a story to delight children and parents alike."
 
 

Saffron Beckwith

Small Victories
by Julia Turshen, foreword by Ina Garten
"This is a fantastic book filled with tricks and tips and more importantly, yummy things to eat!"
 
The Odyssey: A BabyLit Monsters Primer
by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver
"What a great addition to this awesome series... finally I can get all those mythical creatures straight!"
 
 

Jenny Enriquez

Mooncop
by Tom Gauld
"I absolutely loved Tom Gauld’s Goliath so I’m very excited for Mooncop, the story of the last policeman on the moon. This may be a sci-fi tale, but at its core it’s a very human story about looking to connect with others that’s perfect for both sci-fi fans and the general reader."
 
Bunny Slopes
by Claudia Rueda
"This very entertaining interactive picture book is like Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, but with an adorable skiing bunny! Tilt, turn, and shake the book to help Bunny make it down the hill and avoid dangerous obstacles. Lots o’ fun!"
 
 

 Karen Beattie

Ont-Pot Pasta
by Sabrina Fauda-Role
"This cookbook is the answer to every exhausted-at-the-end-of-the-day person’s dreams. Find 1 pot. Put the simple and few ingredients into the pot. Cook this pot over a medium heat for 15 minutes. Let pot rest off the heat for 5 minutes. Pour yourself a glass of wine and dinner is ready. No kidding! The design is fresh and hip with each recipe shown in arty before and after full colour photos. The yummy solution for workweek meals."
 
Other-Wordly
by Yee-Lum Mak, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
"Here’s this season’s gift book for word nerds: an illustrated collection of words and definitions for unexpected things — like the sunlight that filters thru’ the leaves of trees. The illustrations are done in a dreamy palette of soft pinks, greys and blues, giving this wee gem a wistful vibe."
 
 
Cheryl Fraser
 

The Travel Book
by Lonely Planet
"With 800 new images in this third edition, The Travel Book features images from every country in the world. A perfect gift for anyone curious about the world. The interior pictures are compelling and the updated cover demands that you pick up this beautiful edition."
 
Busy Builders: Airport
by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
"A book, and airport set and model pieces — what a great way to start a trip, or just learn about busy airports. Little travelers can read all they need to know about airports on the plane, and have a total entertainment package when they arrive at their destination."
 
 

Ali Hewitt

A Beauty Collected
by Rachel Garahan
"Graceful and meditative, the abecedarium of photos for adults encourages all of us to find the beauty in the natural world."
 
Muddle & Mo
by Nikki Slade Robinson 
"This charmingly illustrated picture book shows what happens when you realize that your friend isn’t the same as you. Fortunately Muddle and Mo learn that even though one is a duck, and the other a goat, they can still be best friends!"
 
 
Karen Stacey
 

The Other Paris (new in trade paper)
by Luc Sante
"The Other Paris is a cross between Brassai’s and Bresson’s world, albeit a slightly grittier side of Parisian life; the cabarets, the bohemian world, the darker side of the city of lights. With vivid narration, impeccable research and an aesthete’s taste for anecdotes, Luc Sante’s newest collection will intrigue. Highly recommended for all history and culture collections."
 
How Cities Work
by Lonely Planet
"For fans of David McAuley’s How Things Work, another fabulous book for kids (ages 6+) to discover the inner workings of their world!"
 
 
Scott Fraser
 

The African Svelte
by Daniel Menaker, illustrated by Roz Chast
"An illustrated collection of malapropisms, eggcorns, and unintentional wit, sure to please all lovers of language."
 
Apocalypse Bow Wow
by James Proimos
"Many dog parents wonder what their fur babies get up to when they’re not home. But what if there were no humans around at all? The dogs in Apocalypse Bow Wow are learning to live in a world without people. What will they do now that they’re the leaders of the pack?"
 

#PlayTestShare: Family Game Night Will Never Be the Same!

by Melissa
Kids / September 07, 2016

The creative teams at Chronicle Books and Laurence King have delivered another great selection of entertaining games and colouring books bound to become favourites on Family Game Night. Your teens will set aside their smart phones for the thought-provoking Listography. To the Ocean Deep is filled with the most absorbing images, and bonus!—it’s 15 feet long so squabbling siblings can colour at opposite ends. And Cat Bingo? It’s meow-ve-lous! 

There are nine terrific offerings and we’re putting them through the toughest test of all: Satisfying the discerning eyes, hearts and minds of Canadian parent bloggers!

Check out their reviews and enter to win your choice of two items at any of these participating blogs: British Columbia Mom, Discovering Parenthood, Fab Book Reviews, Frugal Mom Eh!, Glimpse Reviews, The Koala Mom, Life on a Canadian Island, My Little House of Treasures, The Pampered Baby, and Quillable.ca.

The #PlayTestShare giveaway will run from September 12 to 20th.  Use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites and let the games begin!

Alain Grée Animals Matching Game
It's an animal menagerie! Kids will delight in this classic matching game, featuring the timeless art of beloved French picture book illustrator Alain Grée. It's the perfect opportunity to identify favorite animals, and to discover new ones. Large, sturdy cards are ideal for small hands, and the game play of discovering 18 different animals builds memory, concentration, and matching skills.

Punch Out & Play Game Book
One book, so many ways to play! Acclaimed artist and designer Laura Ljungkvist invites children to punch out 10 different puzzles and 13 classic games, such as Memory, Go Fish, and Dominoes. Packed with fun, graphic artwork, a variety of games, and plenty of colorful envelopes for easy storage, this book provides hours of play for kids of all ages—all in an attractively priced package.

Cat Bingo
A beautifully illustrated bingo game featuring 64 breeds of cat from around the world. Spot all kinds of cats—from Tonkinese to Siamese, and from Bengals to Birmans—mark them off on your card and BINGO!

642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition
This new oversized journal is packed with peculiar and provocative prompts that encourage young writers to think BIG. Whether imagining big objects or pondering big ideas, budding writers will find this HUGELY entertaining book of prompts the perfect tool for kick-starting their ENORMOUS creative potential—and perhaps their next EPIC masterpiece.

Members of the Raincoast marketing team, disguised to elude capture, slipped away from their desks to play a round of Za Za Zoom!

 

Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination
One part matching game, one part dominoes, plus loads and loads of fun, this game is both a clever challenge to hone memory skills and a make-your-own visual adventure of colorful play pieces. With the tour-de-force inventiveness—which fuels his already-classics Press Here, Mix It Up!, and Let's Play!—Herve Tullet's open-ended game stimulates creative thinking and fosters imagination.

To the Ocean Deep
Climb down to the depths of the ocean in this amazing fold-out coloring book, the longest in the world! Color an amazing tower, all the way from a boat bobbing in the waves, past sea dragons, mermaids, aqua robots, and sharks, to reach the deep ocean floor. Hours of fun for coloring enthusiasts of all ages.

Missing Socks Go Fish Card Game
Experience the classic Go Fish card game in a sock-inspired way! The perennial post-laundry problem of the search for the missing sock becomes a playful quest to collect the most pairs of sock-shaped cards. Forty cards feature an array of bright colors and patterns that will encourage young players to learn new words and hone concentration skills while they play.

Fantastic Collections
In this newest coloring book by the author of the internationally bestselling Fantastic Cities, artist Steve McDonald uses his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful and intimately detailed line drawings of amazing collections of objects. Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques, and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras), McDonald creates playful and immersive illustrations that are as lovely as they are fun to color.

Listography: The Game
A new twist on the bestselling Listography journal series (almost 900,000 titles sold), this game invites players to create and share lists based on fun and thought-provoking topics—from geography and pop culture to toothpaste and constellations! With the goal of being the first around the game board, players score points according to the number of similar or unique answers. Every round in the game results in creative thinking, surprise outcomes, and lots of laughs.


#PlayTestShare

by Fernanda
Kids / March 10, 2016

 

Members of the Raincoast team, disguised by Eric Carle Animal Masks, were caught enjoying a quiet moment with To the Moon: The Tallest Coloring Book in the World. 

 

Join us and #PlayTestShare! It’s no secret that Chronicle Books and Laurence King have a wonderful selection of games, activity sets and creative books guaranteed to keep your children engaged and intellectually stimulated. And with spring break around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to send our favourites to bloggers and book reviewers across the country to play, test and share with their readers!

Read the reviews and enter to win the Spring Break Giveaway at any one of these participating testers: Kinderlit, Fab Book Reviews, This West Coast Mommy, Yoyomama, Glimpse Reviews, The Pampered Baby, My Little House of Treasures and Frugal Mom Eh! And don’t forget to share and tag your favourites with #PlayTestShare!

 

#PlayTestShare Picks for 2016

ABC Word Play

A hands-on alphabet extravaganza! The letters of the alphabet come to life in this bright, graphic, and delightfully interactive ABC novelty board book that pairs early learning with captivating play. Just punch out the oversize neon letters and assemble the simple words featured on each spread, or spell new words. It's the perfect way to play, spell, and learn, from A to Z!

 

Flora and Friends Matching Game

From the Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo, and the two follow-up books, Flora and the Penguin and Flora and the Peacocks, this classic memory game stars Flora and her feathered friends! Delightful storytelling and artwork from Molly Idle celebrate the joy of friendship, all while building memory, concentration, and matching skills.

 

Make and Move Animals

12 amazing moving animals to press out, slot together and play! From flapping penguins to swimming turtles, and everything in between, create fantastic moving animal 'parionettes' to play with. Each parionette comes with easy-to-follow assembly instructions, and no scissors or glue required!

 

 

Paper Sumo

Japan's centuries-old national sport is the main attraction in this paper-based smackdown where creativity and competition collide. The result? Laughs guaranteed! There is an impressive assortment of 39 characters-from traditional sumo wrestlers to animals to monsters and other eye-catching creatures from Japanese lore.

 

642 Things to Draw: Young Artist's Edition

The perfect addition to the 642 series, this collection of hilarious, wacky, and imaginative drawing prompts provides endless quirky inspiration for young artists of all experience levels. Whether pondering how to sketch a zombie unicorn or filling the page with a magical field of cupcakes, budding artists will relish the chance to jump-start their artistic engines as they draw, sketch, imagine, and create!

 

Dog Domino

This game is for two to four players and contains 28 cute and colorful dog dominoes. Have fun matching seven delightful pooches: Chihuaha, Dachshund, Dalmation, Labrador, Poodle, Pug, and Alsation. Get your last domino down first to win the game and become top dog!

 

Story Box: Create Your Own Fairy Tales

This wonderful game will allow your family to create its own fairy tales. Highly original and with a contemporary twist, this box contains 20 cards, printed on both sides, which can be interchanged, allowing for all kinds of plots. With three alternative endings!

 

 

Let's Play

A brilliant new companion book from the creator of PRESS HERE and MIX IT UP!  It's only a yellow dot… but what a dot it is! Connecting not only to the mind but also to the heart, this dot expresses an extraordinary sense of humor, fear, joy, and more as it pushes, lurches, wiggles, and slides its way through-and even off!-the pages of this glorious companion to Press Here and Mix It Up!

 

Press Here Game

Hervé Tullet has reimagined his groundbreaking book in an entirely new dimension. With two levels of play to choose from-so that it's easy enough for a toddler to grasp, but also complex enough to challenge older siblings and adults-this engaging game delivers hours of entertainment for the whole family.

 

Recess

Recess is the ultimate illustrated guide to the best games of the playground, for inside and outside. This fun and interactive guide includes the rules to over 150 games and variations, including over two dozen international games from schoolyards around the world, plus various tips and strategies not just to play, but also to win!

 

To the Moon

Climb up to the moon with this amazing fold-out colouring book, the longest in the world! Colour an amazing tower, all the way from your house down on the ground, past dragons, witches, space ports, and flying elephants, to reach the moon at the very top!


Our Top 30 Book Covers of 2015

by Brooke Kosty
Fiction + Food & Drink + History + Kids / December 10, 2015

 

Take a look at some of our favourite cover designs from the last year!

 

The Girl With the Nine Wigs
by Sophie van der Stap
St. Martin's Press
 

The Man Who Couldn't Stop
by David Adam
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

A Manual for Cleaning Women
by Lucia Berlin
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

All That Followed
by Gabriel Urza
Henry Holt & Co

 

The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Withces of America
by Alex Mar
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Gamelife
by Michael W. Clune
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

KL
by Nikolaus Wachsmann
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Home Is Burning
by Dan Marshall
Flatiron Books

 

Jesus' Son
by Denis Johnson
Picador

 

Art and Fashion
by E.P. Cutler and Julien Tomasello
Chronicle Books

 

Wilberforce
by H. S. Cross
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Cancer Ward
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Way Things Were
by Aatish Taseer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Find Me
by Laura van den Berg
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac
by Sharma Shields
Henry Holt & Co

 

Radiance
by Catherynne M. Valente
Tor

 

A Poet of the Invisible World
by Michael Golding
Picador

 

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters
by Kimberly Karalius
Feiwel and Friends

 

A Darker Shade of Magic
by V. E. Schwab
Tor

 

Furiously Happy
by Jenny Lawson
Flatiron Books

 

The Big Green Tent
by Polly Gannon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Unfortunates
by Sophie McManus
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

One Thing Stolen
by Beth Kephart
Chronicle Books

 

The Big Trip
Lonely Planet

 

The Wake
by Paul Kingsnorth
Graywolf Press

 

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt & Co

 

One Thousand Things Worth Knowing
by Paul Muldoon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Book
by David W. Miles, illustrated by Natalie Hoopes
Familius

 

Tesla: a Portrait with Masks
Vladimir Pistalo
Graywolf Press

 


This Summer’s Best Beach Reads

by Alisha
Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + Gift & Stationery + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / July 29, 2015

 
Searching for the perfect book to dive into this summer? These page-turners are some of our best reads to tote along in your beach bag. Warning: apply copious amounts of sunscreenyou won’t be able to put them down.
 

ADULT PICKS
 
 
  
 
Chevy Stevens
St. Martin's Press
Available Now
 
Chevy Stevens is back with this year’s must-have summer thrillera powerful, emotional story of survival and revenge (now a Globe and Mail bestseller!).
 
“This is Stevens’s best book to
  date.”The Globe and Mail
Jackie Collins
St. Martin’s Press
Available Now
 
No summer reading list is complete without Jackie Collins. In The Santangelos, she delivers an epic family saga, filled with love, lust, revenge and passion.
 
Read an excerpt here.
 

 

  

Kelli Estes
Sourcebooks
Available Now
 
Set in the Pacific Northwest and inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.
Lisa Scottoline 
and Francesca Serritella
St. Martin’s Press
Available Now
 
This breezy, laugh-out-loud beach read by mother-daughter team Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella “takes the…cake for best title of the summer.”USA Today

 

  

Stephanie Clifford
St. Martin’s Press
Coming Aug 18
 
Stephanie Clifford's "superb" debut
is “a 21st century version of a grand 19th century novelsmart, moving tale of class, ambition, and identity" (Malcolm Gladwell).
 
Look for it on the People, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping summer reading lists.
 
 
 
 
 
Louise Penny
Minotaur
Coming Aug 25
 
Celebrate 10 years of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series with her newest installment, The Nature of the Beast.
 
“Splendid . . . Penny's books mix some   classic elements of the police      
  procedural with a deep-delving
  psychology, as well as a sorrowful
  sense of the precarious nature of
  human goodness, and the
  persistence of its opposite.”The
  New York Times on The Long Way
 

TEEN PICKS
 
 
  
 
Jillian Tamaki
Drawn & Quarterly
Ages 14 and up
Available Now
 
Art School Confidential meets X-Men” (The Globe and Mail) in Jillian Tamaki’s newest graphic novelone of TPL’s top 10  "Summer Reads for Teens".
 
 
 
 
Mary E. Pearson
Henry Holt and Co.
Ages 14-18
Available Now
 
The 2nd title in the New York Times bestselling Remnant Chronicles does not disappoint: "It's rare that the second book in a series is as good—or perhaps better—than the first, but that's the case here.  Anticipation for the next volume will start as soon as this one is put down."Booklist starred review 

 

  

Ali Novak
Sourcebooks
Available Now
 
Ali Novak (My Life with the Walter Boys) delievers “a fun summer romance that doesn’t shy away from the deeper issues of family, illness, and self-discovery” (School Library Journal).
Natasha Preston
Sourcebooks
Coming Aug 4
 
Don't miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar.
 
 
 

KIDS PICKS
 
 
 
John Wang and Holman Wang
Chronicle Books
Ages Infant-3
Available Now
 
Jedi apprentices, little princesses, and Star Wars fans of any age will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars saga (a Today’s Parent summer reading pick).
Gilad Soffer
Feiwel and Friends
Ages 2-5
Available Now
 
If your vacation isn’t going entirely swimmingly, Duck’s Vacation will give you a laugh. This fun, interactive read will entice kids (and young-at-heart adults) to turn the pages over and over.

 

 

Beth Ferry,
illustrated by Ben Mantle
Chronicle Books
Ages 3-5
Coming Aug 4
 
While we hope your holiday is shark-free, trouble comes in all shapes and sizes in this picture book about a first pet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)
Ages 9-14
Available Now
 
This action-packed mystery is the perfect page-turner for middle-grade bookworms.
 
"Full of heart and replete with
 challenging ciphers for readers to
 decode, Bertman's debut is literary
 cousin to classic puzzlers likeThe
 Westing Game, and a story that
 values books and reading above
 other pursuits . . . sure to be popular
 with voracious readers."Publishers
Weekly, starred review
 

If one book isn’t enough (and let’s face itit never is), these bookish totes will help you carry your haul:
 
 
      
 
 


Canada Day Must-Haves

by Alisha
Fiction + Food & Drink + History + Kids / June 26, 2015

Canada Day Must-Haves

What better way to celebrate Canada's birthday than with some homegrown books? Check out this list of some of our faves, eh!

 

For the historian: War Plan Red

War Plan Red

 

For the creative kid: Canada Doodles

Canada Doodles

 

For the trivia star: Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Weird Canada

Weird Canada

 

For the BBQ-loving foodie: Grilling with House of Q

Grilling with House of Q

 

For the lit lover: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

 

For the softie: Winnie

Winnie


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