Star Wars | The Wish-List Awakens

The Last Jedi is now officially in cinemas, Christmas is around the corner and, if it hasn’t already, the force of the wish-list awakens… 

Here’s our guide to 5 of the galaxy’s greatest gifts for the Jedi/Sith/Droid/Porg in your life:  

1. For the fan who’s already booked repeat viewings:

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box-office records as one of the highest-grossing films of all time, and its eagerly awaited sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is sure to do the same. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) and production designed by Rick Heinrichs (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Captain America: The First Avenger), this episode, like every episode before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: the Lucasfilm ‘visualists.’ The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi explores their vision and illuminates their creative process in stunning detail. Featuring concept art and costume sketches, storyboards, and blueprints, fans will take a deep dive into the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures—both old and new—of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Featuring unforgettable art and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers, this visual archive highlights moviemaking magic at its finest.

Find out more here

2. The (Star Wars) mindfulness convert

Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book
By Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown’s reimagining of the Star Wars universe has delighted adult fans and young Jedi alike. This new adult colouring book is equally fun to share, featuring a careful translation of artwork from the bestselling Darth Vader and Son™ series to a large-format collection on crisp white paper, plus nine new images to colour.

Find out more here

3. For the Star Wars crafter:

Star Wars Kirigami: 15 Cut and Fold Ships from Across the Galaxy
By Marc Hagan-Guirey

Celebrated paper artist and designer Marc Hagan-Guirey has applied his genius to the Star Wars galaxy in this book of 15 unique kirigami (cut-and-fold) ships featured in the saga’s films. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, each beautifully detailed model features step-by-step instructions and a template printed on cardstock—all that’s needed are a utility knife, a cutting mat, and a ruler. Clear tips and guidance through the tricky stages help readers craft their own X-wing, Imperial Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, and a dozen more ships and vehicles, each accompanied by colourful and inspiring photographs of the final model on display (or ready for a jump to Hyperspace).

Find out more here

4. For the Star Wars collector: 

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie (100 Postcards)

Ralph McQuarrie is the most iconic artist in the history of Star Wars. He worked hand-in- hand with George Lucas to help establish the saga’s visual aesthetic, its inimitable look and feel. Carefully selected from the definitive volume, Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, these postcards are a celebration of Star Wars as a masterpiece of design and world-building. The deluxe keepsake package also functions as a display frame: the box features a die-cut window, so fans can rotate their favourite production design paintings into view.

Find out more here

5. For the joker: 

99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire by Greg Stones

Ninety-nine Stormtroopers join the Empire, and then their troubles begin. One takes a lunch break in the carbon freezing chamber. Two underestimate a princess. One picks the wrong time to ask for a promotion. Another fails to show Jabba the proper respect. And one interrupts Lord Vader’s private time, failing him for the last time. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Greg Stones brings a playful wit and sympathy for the plight of the troops as they meet their amusing ends, filling each colorfully painted scenario with fun Star Wars details and appearances by Han, Luke, Chewie, K-2SO, and many other characters. As the trooper count ticks down, how will the last one fare as he receives a very special assignment (on the Death Star)?

Find out more here


The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate
Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch
By Lara Starr, photography by Matthew Carden

BB-Ate is rolling into shops in the New Year so store up any gift tokens or pre-order now for some delicious recipes from across the galaxy!

Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbars, and so much more!

These easy-to-make, mouth-watering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs action figures Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humour.

Find out more here

When it comes to Star Wars, there’s something for everyone. Now to watch The Last Jedi again

200 WOMEN | Alicia Garza

9781452166582_3D (1)Interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds provide a snapshot of female life around the globe. Interviewees include: • Jane Goodall, conservation and animal welfare activist • Margaret Atwood, author and winner of The Booker Prize • Roxane Gay, author and feminist • Renée Montagne, former host of NPR’s Morning Edition • Alicia Garza, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter • Alfre Woodard, award-winning actor and activist • Marian Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund • Lydia Ko, professional golfer and Olympian • Dolores Huerta, labor activist, community organizer, and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association • Alice Waters, chef, author, and food rights advocate • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author and Macarthur Foundation fellow.

Each woman shares her unique reply to the same five questions: What really matters to you?, What brings you happiness?, What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?, What would you change if you could?, and Which single word do you most identify with?

With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength – inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality. Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image—and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. A percentage of the originating publisher’s revenue from book sales will be distributed to organisations nominated by the women featured in the book.

The following is an extract from 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World, edited by Ruth Hobday, Geoff Blackwell, Sharon Gelman and Marianne Lassandro, photographs by Kieran Scott.

© 2017 Kieran E. Scott
© 2017 Kieran E. Scott
Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza was born in Carmel in California, USA. She is an activist and organiser based in Oakland, California. In 2013, Garza co-founded Black Lives Matter (BLM), an ideological and political organising network campaigning against anti-black racism and violence. In 2016, she and her two BLM co-founders were recognised in Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. Garza is the director of special projects for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is also an editorial writer, whose work has been featured in publications including The Guardian, The Nation, The Feminist Wire, Rolling Stone and Huffington Post.

Q. What really matters to you?

I want to be able to tell my kids that I fought for them and that I fought for us. In a time when it’s easy to be tuned out, it feels really important to me to be somebody who stands up for the ability of my kids – of all kids – to have a future.

The other thing that really motivates me is wanting to make sure we achieve our goals. As I was coming up as an organiser, we were told we were fighting for something we might never see in our lifetime. I’m just not satisfied with that; I think change can happen much faster, but it requires organisation, and an understanding of power and how we can shift it from its current incarnation. We need to transform power, so that we’re not fighting the same battles over and over again. This is what I wake up thinking about every single day. And every night when I go to sleep, I’m thinking about how we can get closer to it tomorrow.

Women inspire me to keep going. My foremost in influence was my mother; she initially raised me on her own, having never expected to be a parent at twenty-six. She taught me everything I know about what it means to be a strong woman who is in her power. I’m also very much in influenced by black women throughout history. I’m inspired by Harriet Tubman, not only for all the work she did to free individual slaves – which, of course, was amazing – but for everything she did to eradicate the institution of slavery, the alliances she built to do so and the heartbreaks she endured in pursuit of her vision. And it’s not only women in the United States who inspire me. In Honduras in 2016, Berta Cáceres was murdered while pursuing her vision of ecological justice and a better life for the people in Honduras being preyed upon by corporations and the United States government.

Black Lives Matter has been a big part of my activism. When it came onto the scene, there was a lot of pushback; people responded by saying, ‘All lives matter.’ I think the intensity of these reactions against Black Lives Matter is a testament to how effective our systems are in isolating these kinds of issues – they make them seem as though they impact individuals, as opposed to entire communities. The all-lives-matter thing is simultaneously fascinating and infuriating to me, because it’s so obvious. Obviously all lives matter; it’s like saying the sky is blue or that water is wet. But, when people say, ‘Actually, all lives matter,’ it feels like a passive-aggressive way of saying, ‘White lives matter.’

People seemed shocked that police brutality was an issue, but I thought, ‘Um, where have you been?’ The police are supposed to serve all communities, but instead, they aren’t accountable to black communities in the same way they are to white communities. The United States is rooted in profound segregation, disenfranchisement and oppression in pursuit of profits. And it feels like the country is being powered by amnesia.

Q. What brings you happiness?

My community – absolutely. This includes both of my families, blood and chosen – because my family is also my friends, the people I’ve been through things with. These are the people who stand with me, support me and love me. They are the people who feed me, and we just let each other be, because we understand each other.

Q. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

I’d call it capitalism. There is nothing on earth that makes people as miserable, that kills people as avidly and that robs people of their dignity so completely as an economic system that prioritises profits over human needs. Capitalism prioritises profits over people and over the planet we depend on. There are millions and millions of people living on the streets without homes because of capitalism. And there are millions and millions of people suffering from depression and other emotional and mental afflictions because of it – because the things we are taught should drive us and make us happy are unattainable for the majority of people on this planet. Capitalism shapes every understanding you have of who you are and of what your value is. If you have no monetary value – if you can’t sell something that you produce in this economy – then you are deemed unusable, unworthy and extraneous. There is no other force in the world that is so powerful and that causes so much misery for so many people.

Q. What would you change if you could?

I would start with all of the people who are suffering right now. I would give whatever is needed to every mama who is living in a car with her kids and is trying to figure out how she’s going to make it another day – if not for herself then for the people who depend on her. I would give to all the people who are dying in the deserts right now, trying to cross artificial borders pursuing what they think will be a better life here in the United States – if I had a wand I’d make it so that that journey was easier and that there wasn’t punishment on both sides. In fact, I would ensure that no one ever had to leave their homes in pursuit of survival – they would have everything that they needed right there at home.

The other area I would work on is within our own movements. I spend a lot of time thinking about how we could be clear about what we’re up against and how we each fight it differently; I think about how we can advance our goals without tearing each other up along the way. So, if I could wave a wand, I would also change some of the suffering of organisers and activists in our movements who are tired and burned out, who feel disposable and don’t feel seen.

Q. Which single word do you most identify with?

Courage. It takes real tenacity to be courageous.

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200 Women is out from 31 October, find out more here. You can view the official project website here, which includes the trailer and additional extra media content. Follow 200 Women on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Festive Favourites from Erin Gleeson

Festive Favourites

Embrace the festive feeling, whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Pancha Ganapati or even Festivus with some delicious wintery treats from master foodie Erin Gleeson: author of The Forest Feast, The Forest Feast Gatherings and The Forest Feast For Kids.

Sweet Potato Latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes
Image © Erin Gleeson

Holiday Cider Mule

Holiday Cider Mule
Image © Erin Gleeson
Festive Cabin
Image © Erin Gleeson
DIY Citrus Menorah
Image © Erin Gleeson

Happy (Early) Hanukkah Erin!

What are you favourite festive traditions? Let us know on Twitter #FestiveFavourites.

10 Gifts for Little Elves

Merry Christmas from A&CB

10 Christmas presents for cheeky little Elves

The Wish Tree

Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don’t believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways. The poetic text and heart-warming illustrations evoke the true essence of the Christmas season and will inspire wishers everywhere.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Chronicle Books · Available Now

The Forest Feast Kids

Written by popular food blogger Erin Gleeson, Forest Feast for Kids serves up quick, easy and fun vegetarian recipes that kids will love to make. In addition to its recipes – which span meals, party food, snacks and beverages – the book includes instructions on how to set a table, ideas for fun and crafty table decorations, guides on how to use utensils safely and a glossary of culinary terms.

A perfect Christmas present for budding little chefs.

£11.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books · Available Now

Pablo and His Chair

For his birthday, Pablo receives a chair. Disappointed and angry, he locks himself in his room, determined not to sit on his new chair. But he starts to play around with it and, by the end of the day, becomes a chair acrobat. Pablo sets out into the world, performing in amazing places and drawing great crowds. Eventually, he returns, chair in hand, having learned that the greatest gifts aren’t always the most obvious and often lie in our imagination.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Princeton Architectural Press · Available Now

Ada Twist, Scientist

Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie, Ada has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble.

Determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?”, is a perfect gift for curious young minds.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books · Available Now

Letters to Me, When I Grow Up

This kids’ version of the bestselling Letters to My Future Self brings young writers a fun new way to capture their childhood. Twelve prompted letters, bound into a keepsake book, invite kids to share stories, draw, or make lists reflecting on what they know now and what they imagine for their future. When they’re grown, this paper time capsule will become a cherished – and likely hilarious – look back on who they once were and who they have become.

£10.99 · Stationery · Chronicle Books · Available Now

They All Saw a Cat

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat and how perspective shapes what we see.

A truly inspiring message and a gorgeous gift for young readers.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Chronicle Books · Available Now

First Snow

Look out. Now look up. From the sky one flake falls, then another. And just like that – it’s snowing.

In this beautiful book, from debut creator Bomi Park, a young girl wakes up to the year’s first snowy day. The story is as subtly joyful as a snow day itself and will find its home in the hearts of young adventurers everywhere.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Chronicle Books · Available Now

Bunny Slopes

Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path.

Bringing grins and guffaws with each turn of the page, readers will find Claudia Rueda’s innovative book as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope.

£9.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Chronicle Books · Available Now


Meet Baby Reindeer!

How does Baby Reindeer stay warm in the frosty weather? What yummy meal does Baby Reindeer find hidden beneath the snow? Follow along as he experiences his world, from playtime to bedtime. Warm illustrations plus a comforting story about the rhythms of a baby reindeer’s day make this perfect for the very youngest readers.

£4.99 · Novelty Book · Chronicle Books · Available Now

Tinyville Town Gets to Work!

Tinyville Town is a growing, thriving city full of interesting people. The townsfolk can’t wait to show you around!

In Tinyville Town Gets to Work!, we see the evolution of a construction project to solve a problem. When there is a traffic jam on the Tinyville Town bridge, the residents decide to work together to build a new one.

A fun story of community and team-work; perfect for Christmas!

£9.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books · Available Now

10 Gifts for Dad

Merry Christmas from A&CB

10 Christmas gifts for Dad: not a tie in sight.


The dazzling success of The Toaster Project leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump. His friends increasingly behave like adults, while Thwaites still lives at home, stuck in a big, dark hole. Luckily, a research grant offers the perfect out: a chance to take a holiday away from the complications of being human – by transforming himself into a goat…

What ensues is a hilarious and surreal journey through engineering, design and psychology. A great gift for a dad with a subscription to the New Scientist and a penchant for the strange.

£14.99 · Hardcover · Princeton Architectural Press
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Sunday Sketching

From award-winning artist and author Cristoph Niemann comes a collection of witty illustrations and whimsical views on working creatively. This survey of Niemann’s work combines photography and illustration in surprising and humourous ways. Taking its title from his New York Times column Abstract Sunday, this book covers Niemann’s entire career, and showcases brilliant observations of contemporary life through sketches, travel journals and popular newspaper features.

A tremendous inspirational resource: an ideal present for creative dads.

 £25.00 · Hardcover · Abrams Books
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Si Lewen's Parade

The Parade is a timeless story told in a language that knows no country – a wordless epic that, despite its muteness, is more powerful than the written or the spoken word. First published in 1957 in a limited edition, The Parade is a lost classic, newly discovered, remastered and presented by Art Spiegelman.

A unique gift for history loving dads.

£25.00 · Hardcover · Abrams Books
Available Now

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is a historically accurate graphic novel biography of  Alan Turing’s life. Written and illustrated by the award-winning duo: Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Purvis, The Imitation Game presents a factually detailed account of Turing’s groundbreaking research and life as an unconventional genius who was arrested, tried, convicted and punished for his openly gay lifestyle, and whose innovative work still fuels the computing and communication systems that define our modern world.

A great stocking-filler for computer science buffs, comics fans and history aficionados.

£15.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books
Available Now

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Examining music, fashion, film, design, counterculture, mind-altering experiences, festivals and politics, You Say You Want a Revolution? investigates the cultural upheavals of five revolutionary years. Published to accompany the major exhibition, this book looks at how the revolutions of the 1960s changed the way we live today – and shaped the way we imagine the future.

The perfect gift for the dad with a record player and wild stories of his own.

£40.00 · Hardcover · V&A
Available Now

Power to the People

In words and photographs, here is the story of the controversial Black Panther Party, founded in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. Power to the People describes the struggles and celebrates the achievements of the only radical political party in America to make a difference in the struggle for civil rights.

A great gift for a dad fascinated by the civil rights movement.

£25.00 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books
Available Now

Bowie A to Z

An illustrated alphabetical tribute that celebrates the many faces and facets of cultural icon David Bowie. From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, Bowie A–Z is densely packed with everything you need to know about the rock legend.

For the dad who is still in mourning over Bowie’s death.

£12.99 · Hardcover · Smith Street Books
Available Now

Dead Distillers

Dead Distillers presents 50 fascinating – and sometimes morbid – biographies from this historic trade’s bygone days, including farmers, scientists, oligarchs, criminals and the occasional US president. A spirited portrait of the unusual and storied origins of forgotten drunkenness.

Something a little different for the dad you always buy a bottle of whisky.

£15.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books
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Grids & Guides Gray

Like its black and red predecessors, this deluxe, cloth-covered Grids & Guides notebook offers 160 pages of varied graph paper interspersed with engaging charts and infographics, this time in full colour, from the human circulatory system to the geologic time scale.

This is the perfect notebook for Dad to fill with sketches, plans, lists and data.

£15.99 · Notebook · Princeton Architectural Press
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Frank Lloyd Wright On Architecture, Nature, And the Human Spirit Book of Quotes

Get to know Frank Lloyd Wright through this book filled with his quotes, which are grouped into twelve themes including “Humanity”, “Nature”, “Beauty” and many more.

For the dad who is fascinated by architecture.

£11.99 · Hardcover · Galison
Available Now

10 Gifts For Her

Merry Christmas from A&CB

Christmas is coming and we are here to help you pick the perfect Christmas gift for the book loving women in your life.

Inge Morath: On Style

Witty, playful and effortlessly chic, Inge Morath: On Style reveals the vital forms of fashion and self-expression that blossomed into existence in England, France and the United States in the postwar decades.

The perfect gift for someone in love with 50s and 60s fashion.

£40.00 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books
 Available Now

Other Wordly

Discover words to surprise, delight and enamour. Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first.

Other-Wordly is an irresistible gift for lovers of words and those lost for words alike.

£8.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books
 Available Now

Feminist Journal

Say it loud, say it proud.

This stylish journal is filled with inspiring quotes from feminists past and present. It’s a must-have accessory for any proud feminist and a great gift for all the awesome women in your life.

£7.99 · Blank Notebook · Chronicle Books
Available Now

Eat Pretty Every Day

365 bite-size daily readings that make it easy to put beauty nutrition know-how to use in everyday life. Eat Pretty Every Day is an ideal gift for women of all ages who want to learn the secrets to living well.

£10.99 · Paperback with Flaps · Chronicle Books
 Available Now

Slim Aarons: Women

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Slim Aarons: Women explores the central subject of Slim Aarons’s career – the extraordinary women from the upper echelons of high society, the arts, fashion and Hollywood. We can’t think of anything more inspiring than this ultimate gathering of legendary women and beauty icons, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland and Marilyn Monroe.

A beautiful gift for the inspirational women in your life.

£55.00 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books
 Available Now

Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way

Conceived by illustrator Jennifer Orkin Lewis, this guided journal is both a tool and a cheerleader for carving out a moment of self-expression each day. Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way is the perfect gift for artists in need of a little inspiration and creatives seeking new challenges.

£12.99 · Guided Sketchbook· Abrams Books
 Available Now

Celtic Tales

The traditional stories of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Wales, brought to life by Kate Forrester’s bold, graphic illustrations. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 16 stories in this compilation conjure forgotten realms and rare magical creatures in vivid prose. A beautiful gift for the those obsessed with folklore and fairy tales.

£14.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books
 Available Now

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With vibrant interior photographs and charming hand-drawn illustrations, Chez Moi is a design handbook that introduces contemporary French style, accented by girl-next-door advice on everything from fashion to beauty to cooking to shopping.

A delightful little book for any want-to-be Parisien.

£15.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books
 Available Now

Bad Girls Throughout History

Aphra Behn, first female professional writer.
Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist.
Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer.
Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Joan Jett, godmother of punk.

The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. Give the gift of inspiration and self-worth to the incredible women in your life.

£12.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books
 Available Now

50 Ways to Wear Denim

On the heels of the breakout hit 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf comes a celebration of a timeless and universally loved fabric: denim! 50 Ways to Wear Denim is an illustrated guide to styling denim in 50 different looks.

A must-have fashion resource brimming with inspiration, 50 Ways to Wear Denim will delight fashionistas and denim lovers of all ages: the pefect stocking-stuffer.

£9.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books
 Available Now

On the 6th Day of Christmas…

Merry Bookmas!

Jeffrey Brown has added his favourite Christmas Song to the A&CB Christmas playlist.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town: This song is inextricably tied to its respective classic stop motion animated special, which was an annual tradition eagerly awaited each holiday season when I was growing up – a time when you couldn’t just watch anything you wanted on demand. The show and song drip with anticipation for a wonderous event, and still encapsulate that special time of childhood, to the point where hearing this song can still give me chills – at least the first of each three million times I hear it during the month of December…

Stop by tomorrow (and everyday till Christmas!) for more Christmas songs!


On the 5th Day of Christmas A.G Howard gave us The Little Drummer Boy!

Merry Bookmas!

The wonderful A.G Howard has added her favourite Christmas song to the A&CB Merry Bookmas Playlist!

Ever since I was young, my favorite Christmas Carol has been “The Little Drummer Boy.” It spoke to me on a different level than other songs, in that it was a story revolving around a poverty stricken little child, who had nothing in his possession but a drum. On the outside, he was small and insignificant to the world, especially in comparison to wealthy kings. Yet inside, he had something to offer that he didn’t even realize made him unique.

This message helped me see we’re all put on this earth for a reason, and we each have our own talents to share. We only need the courage to embrace them with our whole hearts, and show the world what we can do ;).

We wonder what Christmas looks like in Wonderland!

Stop by tomorrow (and everyday till Christmas!) for more Christmas songs!


Have yourself a very Merry Bookmas, Day Four!

Merry Bookmas

A very Merry Bookmas from Jon Scieszka! The 4th author to add a song to our Christmas playlist.

Christopher Hitchens put it best, describing Christmas as one gigantic “moral and aesthetic nightmare”.  To which I would like to add another word of description – creepy.

And nothing is more Christmas creepy than my favorite worst Christmas carol: Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

How does this song even exist? If you got the lyrics in the mail (undoubtedly pieced together in anonymous, untraceable letters cut from old magazines), you would call the police. It’s not a carol. It’s a threat.

You better watch out.

            You better not cry.

            You better not pout.

            I’m telling you why…

No!  Please don’t! I don’t want to know why.

But it only gets worse.

He sees you when you’re sleeping.

            He knows when you’re awake.

            He knows if you’ve been bad or good…

How does he know? Why is he watching me sleep? Make him go away!

Then come coded threats of:

Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums.

And if you haven’t got the message by this point in the song, the end bludgeons the message home:

Santa Claus is coming to town.

            Santa Claus is coming to town.

            Santa Claus is coming.

            Santa Claus is coming.

            Santa Claus is coming to town.

Well rooty toot toot for him.

But he’s not going to get me this year.

Stop by tomorrow (and everyday till Christmas!) for more Christmas songs!


Have yourself a very Merry Bookmas, Day Three!

Merry Bookmas

Next-up to board the A&CB Polar Express is Steve McDonald, the incredible artist behind Fantastic Cities colouring book.

I gotta go with Bob Dylan’s Must Be Santa.

I like it for a couple of reasons…I’m a huge Bob Dylan fan and always have been. This song seems so out of character for Bob that it makes me smile. The song was originally written by Hal Moore and Bill Fredericks and first released in November 1960 by Mitch Miller. We all know the song but actually hearing Bob Dylan sing it adds a whole new level of enjoyment to the song for me.  It’s a fun, festive, feel-good song from one of the greats…“It’s sort of unclear if Dylan (…) was aiming to celebrate the holiday, or gently poke fun at the music’s Norman Rockwell-esque simplicity.”. *..


Stop by tomorrow (and everyday till Christmas!) for more Christmas songs!