Anyone actually own the book?

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1sdbookhound
Jan 1, 2010, 1:47pm

I'm wondering what the actual book is like. I have not seen it except on Amazon and wondering what kind of info it includes.

2BookLizard
Jan 1, 2010, 2:04pm

I don't own it, but I borrowed it from the library. Each entry is about half a page and lists the Title, Date, Author (and Illustrator), Nationality (of both), Publisher, and Theme. Some of them list the original title and awards. Then there's a brief description and commentary from a contributor or featured reviewer (other authors). Some works have a page of their own with a picture of the book's cover, most are two books per page - some with the entire facing page as the book cover, a few - like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe have a two page spread with the book cover and description on one page and an illustrated scene from the book on the other page. There's an index of the authors of the 1001 books on the list.

Looking at it more closely I noticed that the description for Twilight is just a description and no commentary. Maybe the contributor didn't know why it was included on this list. LOL.

3cataluna
Jan 2, 2010, 1:44am

I've also got a library copy, although I wouldn't mind buying my own copy. I've noticed that in both the author and title index, the book 'The Gruffalo' is missing. Which confused me greatly as I was sure I'd seen it in the book, but couldn't find it in the index.

4wookiebender
Jan 2, 2010, 6:25am

I shall be buying a copy, but I don't know when. But if it's anything like it's "parent" book (1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die), I'm not too surprised that it has some typos. (Although lack of commentary for Twilight seems a rather major typo!)

I caught an animated version of 'The Gruffalo' the other day (a friend downloaded it) and it was charming. I haven't read the book! (Although Mr Bear - seven years old - knew it from school.)

5cataluna
Jan 2, 2010, 9:01am

Hi Wookiebender, I ended up getting The Gruffalo from work and ended up liking it so much I read the follow up. I'll have to see if I can find the animated version online.

6BookLizard
Jan 2, 2010, 9:02am

4> I think the thing with Twilight was more poor editing than a typo. It has a description of what the book is about, but no commentary on why it's important or should be included on the list or any information outside the book itself. It's more like the blurb you'd find on the back of the book when most of the other entries are like the brief one-page introductions you find in reprints of classic novels that say something brief about the author, the time period when it was published, the themes, the book's critical reception, etc.

7hdcclassic
Jan 25, 2010, 5:36am

I got the book and yesterday spent a while leafing through it (read mainly the descs of books I had already read).

Twilight isn't the only book which has just a description what happens and no commentary, noticed the same at least for The Happy Prince of Wilde, that it only recounts what happens.
And while many have objective view to the matters there are a couple of more personal "how I felt reading the book" accounts, and some authors picking their favorite books.
Also I felt some descriptions were slightly misleading while correct, and I started to wonder if that explains some of the weirder age grouping, that the age grouping is done based on the entries and not by contributors...

Several entries also have short lists "by the same author" or "of this-and-this theme" which were pretty cool, except when they got repetitive (e.g. every Roald Dahl entry listed five other Dahl books...)

But anyway, the book looks good and contents are interesting.

8Nickelini
Aug 7, 2010, 7:40pm

I saw the book at the library, so I checked it out. While it is lovely, I won't buy it because I have several other books that cover a lot of the same material (eg:The New York Time's Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children). (sorry, touchstone misbehaving in a very naughty fashion!)

9annamorphic
Aug 8, 2010, 1:31pm

I own it. In fact I've bought 2 copies because the dog ate the first one. Mostly I wanted my kids to see it as an incentive to read (some) worthy books, as I am reading books from the 1001 Books You Must Read. I also like paging through and initialing the books I've read, and encouraging my kids to put their initials down when they've read something.
And I just love having it as a real, solid book.