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K-pop Erupts over a Book-Inspired ‘Sexualized’ Pop Song

A controversy surrounding a song by one of South Korea’s biggest female K-pop stars, IU, has ignited interest in My Sweet Orange Tree – an autobiographical novel by Brazilian author José Mauro de Vasconcelos originally published in 1968. The novel describes the misadventures of a five-year-old protagonist called Zeze. IU’s song is also called Zeze […]

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Peter Rabbit turns 113

On this day in history in 1902, Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published. The beginnings of Peter Rabbit was ignited by Potter writing letters to a little boy – the ill child of her former governess.  After several rejections from publishers, Potter privately printed the book in 1901. The book was an instant hit and […]

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AbeBooks’ Literary Link Lineup

Mars and Martin and Margaret and more…   1. JK Rowling traces Harry Potter’s family tree back to the middle ages 2. Coffee heir Henry Folger’s love of collecting Shakespeare. 3. Want a Dahl with that? 4. Sotheby’s Sale in early December to feature early editions of Shakespeare and the first English book about dogs. […]

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A golden ticket? Signed first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sells online for $25,000

It’s time to dig out your old Roald Dahl books – prices for rare copies of Dahl’s classic children’s books are hitting new heights. Late last week a signed first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sold for $25,000 on the AbeBooks online marketplace. The book is a first edition that had been signed […]

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The Ultimate Alice in Wonderland Birthday Cake

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, AbeBooks has created a video describing how to make the ‘Ultimate Alice Birthday Cake.’ Have you made a literary cake?

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Revolutionary Bunny Book Sends Kids to Slumber

File this under “must be too good to be true”. According to the Telegraph and others, a self-published children’s book is zooming up the bestsellers’ lists due to its reputation for sending children to dreamland quickly and easily. The book is called The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children […]

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Swedish edition of Alice in Wonderland, signed by the real Alice, sells for $2,000

A Swedish translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Alices Äventyr i Underlandet) – previously owned and signed by Alice P. Hargreaves, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice character – has sold for $2,000 on AbeBooks.com. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Published in 1921 by Holger Schildts, this […]

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A Visual Quiz: 30 Classic Children’s Books

Do you think you know children’s books? How well? Would you say the images of book covers from childhood are embedded in your brain? Well, here’s a chance to find out. Test your mettle with this quiz of 30 classic childhood book covers. We chose the most iconic kids’ books we could think of, took […]

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Inscribed first edition of The Little Prince goes on sale for $237,000

A remarkable early copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s story featuring a drawing and a note of thanks to Dorothy Barclay, the reporter’s assistant who helped the author estimate the number of stars visible from Earth, has gone on sale for $237,000 (£150,000). Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince, published in 1943, while living on […]

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Gorgeous and Divergent Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

In the early 19th-century, two German brothers named Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm put together a collection of Germanic folktales, to preserve and share. In 1812 they released them as a book – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, originally actually titled Children’s and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen). Dark, often harsh and scary, these were a far cry […]

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