Amy Krouse Rosenthal: A Celebration of her Life

Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a person who liked to make things.

She was born on 29th of April 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, the city she loved and lived in all her life until her death on March 13th 2017.

She will be missed by all who love her: from her beloved family to her amazing fans. Her award-winning books are part of her huge legacy, and her curious and creative spirit lives on in them, and in her children.

Her YouTube videos and TedTalk contributions were funny and inspiring, and the impact she had on the world and people around her will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Amy.

We hope you are inspired to visit Amy’s page to see more of her work, and to celebrate her life with us.

Her children’s books are quirky and fun, and highly recommended.

Find your Little Boxset here:

If you feel the need for something a little more grown up then Amy’s book Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal is perfect. As recommended by John Green, of Paper Towns fame:

“You know how you have—or I hope you have—a quirky and delightful friend who is just the most fascinating person you know? I have the perfect gift book for that person. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a wonderfully eccentric memoir that is enhanced by texting, really.”

John Oliver Trolls Mike Pence with Children’s Book About a Gay Bunny

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English comedian John Oliver, who shot to fame with his popular show Last Week Tonight with John Olivier, has published a children’s book about a gay bunny in order to parody another book being published by the Pence family that follows their own pet rabbit.

‘Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President’ has been written by Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and features watercolour illustrations by the second lady Karen Pence. This children’s book was published on Monday and “gives young readers a bunny’s-eye view of the special duties of the vice president.” Read More

Jacqueline Wilson Announces New Tracy Beaker Book That Sees Our Heroine as a Struggling Single Mum

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Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain’s most celebrated authors and is known for her excellent children’s books, which aren’t afraid to tackle difficult themes such as adoption, divorce, and mental illness. It has been announced that one of her most popular characters, Tracy Beaker, is set to return after more than a decade.

The new story will follow a grown up Tracy who is now a single Mum struggling to make ends meet in London. Wilson stated that she was inspired to return to the character after seeing mothers holding copies of the Tracy Beaker books they read as children. The first book in the series was published 27 years ago and followed Tracy as she grew up in a care home that was known by Tracy and her friends as ‘the dumping ground’. Now Tracy is a mother and is struggling to raise her own challenging nine-year-old. Read More

Apparently we need another Grinch movie- watch the trailer here…

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Two Grinch movies were apparently not enough according to filmmakers so here we go again.

After the success of the 1966 animated Christmas television ‘featurette’, and then the Jim Carrey live-action film How The Grinch Stole Christmas, a new Grinch has been dragged kicking and screaming into town.

Benedict Cumberbatch- of Smaug fame, and star of the BBC’s Sherlock- will voice The Grinch in Illumination Entertainment’s newest animated movie released in November 2018.

Check out the trailer below, I guess.

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Get your sneaky peek at Winnie the Pooh’s latest movie!

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It seems movies based on Winnie the Pooh are like buses- at first nothing and then -WHAM!- two come so close together.

After the success of Goodbye Christopher Robin the buzz surrounding the family favourite, fuzzy, old bear was infectious and it soon spread to Disney. Unlike Goodbye Christopher Robin, this latest venture into Hundred Acre Woods is not based on a true story, it looks like it takes us to years later when Christopher Robin is all grown up with a family of his own, and is revisited by his old pal Pooh. Christopher Robin is played by Ewan McGregor, and also stars Hayley Atwell, Mark Gatiss with a full voice cast of Disney actors as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga and Owl.

Christopher Robin hits cinemas this Summer on the 3rd of August.

Check out the teaser trailer below- I dare you not to get teary-eyed and sentimental as you watch!

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Harry Potter and the Poltergeist of Mischievous Giggles

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Harry Potter is one of the biggest British films of all time, but one star it seems was just too big for the franchise. There’s no denying that Peeves the Poltergeist is an integral part of the Harry Potter books, but he doesn’t make any appearances in the movies at all, and here’s why.

If you haven’t heard of Rik Mayall then you’ve either been hiding under a rock, or you don’t know much about British culture. Mayall was an English comedian, actor writer who along with Ade Edmonson brought us the alternative comedy of Bottom and The Young Ones. Over the years he’s produced some of the funniest television to come out of the UK and seemed the perfect choice to play mischievous Peeves the Poltergeist. Read More

Watch the trailer for the new Mary Poppins movie right here!

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It has been over 50 years since the first movie adaptation of Mary Poppins was released starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, so it is about time we had a new one, don’t you think?

Emily Blunt will star as the practically-perfect Mary Poppins, returning to London to help the Banks family once more. Set in 1930s London- with Jane and Michael grown up but still living in Cherry Tree Lane- Poppins comes back to see if they’re still flying kites, and to bring some much-needed joy back into their lives.

Watch the trailer below!

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Lego Announces New Harry Potter Sets, Take a Sneak Peek!

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With the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016, and the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it’s safe to say that the magic of Harry Potter has returned to our normal muggle lives. If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, and you enjoy constructing LEGO kits, then you’ll be pleased to learn that LEGO has announced a new range of Harry Potter-themed LEGO sets are set to be released this Summer. Read More

Brand New Beatrix Potter Coins Released in 2018

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The Royal Mint has been creating decorative coins to celebrate Beatrix Potter‘s world of anthropomorphised animals since 2016, and this year they have yet more to release.

Each series of 4 fifty pence pieces includes a Peter Rabbit design – the only character to be included in each separate release. Previous designs have included Mrs Tiggywinkle, Jeremy Fisher, and Tom Kitten.

2018’s collection includes Peter, Flopsy Bunny, The Tailor of Gloucester, and Mrs Tittlemouse.

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Alice In Wonderland as Illustrated by Salvador Dali

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In 1969 Salvador Dali illustrated Alice in Wonderland and the book was published by Maecenas Press (a division of Random House). Unfortunately the book went out of print and soon became a rare collector’s item.

Thanks to Evertype publishing, and the William Bennett Gallery, Dalí’s psychedelic Alice in Wonderland illustrations are available for us to enjoy once again.

After seeing the Dali artwork, and knowing the adventures of Alice very well, it is like this collaboration was destined to happen. In the book’s introduction Lewis Carrol expert Mark Burstein discusses Dalí’s symbolic and mathematical connections with Carroll, while mathematician Thomas Banchoff explores the mathematics threaded throughout Dalí’s work.

Check out some of the stunning illustrations below and to find a link to purchase your own copy.

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