Ready your nightlights — today marks the release of The Dark, a wonderful children’s book written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Irreverent and gorgeous, this book might just be a way for your little one (or you) to conquer an elemental fear. To celebrate the book’s release, we asked Lemony Snicket about some of the things that have scared him, and he sent us this list of the movies that terrified him the most — as a little kid and as a larger kid. Check them out after the jump, and let us know what scares you in the comments. … Read More
Yesterday, we were saddened to learn Donald J. Sobol, that the author the Encyclopedia Brown series, has passed away at the age of 87. We loved the Encyclopedia Brown books as kids, and the sad news sent us on a little trip down memory lane — but not just for Encyclopedia and Sally, for all the YA series that brought us joy as, well, young adults (and, we admit, since then). Just for fun, we’re going to look beyond the obvious choices, but rest assured that we consider The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter books, and The Hunger Games series to be among the best as well (even at the tippy top). It’s just that we think they’re so well established already that you really don’t need to see them on a list like this — you can probably just look over at your shelf. Click through to see a few of our most beloved YA (and older children’s book) series of all time, and if we’ve missed the books that made your younger self spin, please share the wealth and add to our list in the comments. … Read More
You know the quote: ”Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Whether you believe Tolstoy or not, there’s something alluring about dysfunctional families, especially when they’re strictly literary. This week saw the release of Mark Haddon’s newest novel The Red House, the story of a family cooped up in a country house together for a week of what should be vacation, but ends up being full of family secrets, personal revelations, and complex dynamics. All that aside, we realized that we wouldn’t mind being part of their tragicomedy, and we got to thinking about some of our other favorite literary families that we sort of wish would adopt us. Click through to see which fictional families we picked, and let us know which ones you’d choose in the comments. … Read More
We don’t know about you, but here at Flavorpill, we were pretty weird kids — and now that the truth has come out, and we know that you really are what you read, we’re starting to wonder whether that wasn’t because of the books we were reading. Not that we’re sorry, or anything. Weird people are the best. One of the authors influencing our childhood strangeness was prolific children’s book and YA author Bruce Coville, who turned 62 this week, so to celebrate his birthday, we’ve put together a list of the all-time weirdest authors of children’s and YA fiction — in our own estimation, of course. Click through to read who we picked, and let us know if we missed your super-strange favorite in the comments — we’re always looking for new ways to get weirder. … Read More
This week, we had a first look at the cover of the newest Lemony Snicket book, Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the first in a highly anticipated new series entitled All the Wrong Questions. It’s cleverly illustrated by famed Canadian cartoonist Seth, who has penned a few comic series and graphic novels of his own, but keeps a healthy side career in book design. We think Seth and Lemony Snicket are a perfect match, and not just because they both have about the silliest pen names we can think of — they both have a kind of lighthearted darkness about them, a thematic one-eyebrow raised at all times. We’re excited to see the rest of the series, all to be designed (and illustrated!) by Seth, so to tide ourselves over, we’ve pulled together a mini collection of Seth’s book design work (on other people’s books, of course). Click through to check out his work, and let us know what you think in the comments! … Read More
Although we were big Goosebumps fans in our elementary school years, we have to admit that we haven’t been up on R.L. Stine’s authorial activities since the early ’90s. So we were surprised, last week, when he tweeted, “I’m happy to say I’ve finished my horror novel for adults. It will be published next July.” His announcement got us thinking about how many famous children’s authors — both classic and current — have also written books for adults, with varying degrees of publicity and success. After the jump, we take a look at the more mature work of some of our favorite authors from childhood. … Read More
It has recently come to our attention that the first book in Lemony Snicket’s disastrous series A Series of Unfortunate Events has been made available online — cover to cover. At the moment, most of the books available for free and complete online reading are classics, and as such are really only useful to English majors who need to search for keywords when writing last minute term papers, so we think this is pretty rad.
We like Lemony Snicket because we know who he really is, and we also like him because he put his book on the internet. Read it here — it’s set up in pages style, not like those bogus online “books” you have to read like they’re one long Word document. And while we’re on the topic, check out our other picks for good online reading — your own personally curated internet library from your friends at Flavorpill, so you can read and g-chat and pretend to be working all at the same… Read More