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Five of the Greatest Grandparents in Children’s Fantasy Books

 
 
From Little Red Riding Hood to Heidi, grandparents have always been an important part of fantasy.
 
Sometimes acting as surrogate parents, they’re authority figures who are still kind and understanding to a young protagonist, or they're partners in crime who nevertheless dispense some much-needed wisdom (and homemade goodies). When your parents are too strict and won’t let you go to the Enchanted Forest at night, who is there to help leave the back door unlocked?
 
Grandparents.
 
When your evil teacher is threatening the family of fairies who live in the walls, who builds a fairy-sized bungalow in their attic and welcomes the new family to the neighbourhood?
 
Grandparents, that’s who. 
 
And so, in honor of the relatives who will always have your back, here are five of my personal favorites from children’s fantasy literature. 

This Month's Giveaway: Jane Austen Cover to Cover

Get excited, Austen fans! This month, our featured giveaway on Goodreads, LibraryThing, and BookLikes is... Jane Austen Cover to Cover by Margaret C. Sullivan

Out this November, Jane Austen Cover to Cover features the many beautiful covers that have graced the... well, covers of Jane Austen books over the course of 200 years. You can enter the giveaways here: 

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The LibraryThing giveaway will be live in a few days, once they release the September batch. They'll all run until the end of the month. Good luck! 

Win a Quirk Books Back-to-School Prize Pack!

Happy September! 

We sure do have a lot going on here on the ol' Quirk Books blog today. Awesome deals on the Jane Austen Handbook and Yum-Yum Bento Box, a crazy one day deal on Blair Thornburgh's Stuff Every College Student Should Know, and one top secret thing that I totally can't talk about just yet. It starts with "fancy website" and ends with "update."

But we won't stop there. Can't stop, won't stop, as the saying goes. 

To welcome in September and the start of school, we're giving away a fancy Quirk Books Back-to-School Prize Pack (Q.B.B.T.S.P.), filled with titles for the aspiring writer and English major. Included in the bundle are See Jane WriteHow Not to WriteStuff Every College Student Should Know, and two notebooks (Walls and Skywriting) to scribble out all your ideas. 

And be sure to sign up for the Quirk E. Newsletter to get the inside scoop on giveaways just like this one! We run a lot of SECRET raffles, just for newsletter subscribers.

You can enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. We're giving away FIVE prize packs! Good luck!

Stuff Every College Student Should Know Only $1.99, Featured as an Amazon Gold Box Deal

Every now and again, someone who works here at Quirk Books will roll up their sleeves and write a book themselves. Rick Chillot's debut, How to Make Your Baby an Internet Celebrity, is coming out soon, and he's an editor here at Quirk. Our president, Brett Cohen, wrote Stuff Every Man Should Know (also this book and this book). 

When she isn't busy editing books and coming up with outrageous blog posts, Blair Thornburgh also likes to write them. Her first book with Quirk, Stuff Every College Student Should Know, came out in March. And today, you can pick it up for only $1.99 on Amazon's epic Gold Box sale. 

Grab it for $1.99 here, today only!

Quirk Perks: Get The Jane Austen Handbook for Only $3.99 This Month!

THE JANE AUSTEN HANDBOOK by Margaret C. Sullivan

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Long before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Quirk published this guide to life in Regency England to the delight of Austen fans everywhere. Newly published with a revised cover, The Jane Austen Handbook offers step-by-step instructions for proper comportment in the early 19th century. Readers will discover:

Quirk Perks: Get Yum-Yum Bento Box for Only $3.99 All Month!

YUM-YUM BENTO BOX by Crystal Watanabe

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Oh, boy-obento! These cute, yummy, healthy lunches are all the rage in Japan, where mothers think of them as an expression of love for their children. Yum-Yum Bento Box is one of the first cookbooks in English devoted to these healthy and adorable meals–they’re fresh, they’re tasty, and they’re almost too cute to eat!
 
Each step-by-step recipe in Yum-Yum Bento Box is simple and adaptable. Readers will learn how to form their favorite foods into a variety of shapes-from zebras, panda bears, and monkeys to kitties, piggies, and puppy dogs. Chapters include instructions for classic bento boxes and character-driven bentos (called Kyaraben), plus shopping advice, general tips and tricks, and much more. Stop wasting money on prepackaged lunches-and start making beautiful, healthy bentos!

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