the category of "Holidays"
Look out for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the fourth year in a row! There’s no way Greg would leave his diary behind when he takes to the skies.
Jabba the Puppet hopes you devour the 4th of July!
The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger hits stores on August 6th. Be sure to follow @origamiyoda on Twitter for regular updates from Tom as he gears up for the release of the new book.
More on the book: Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back—and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized test scores. Instead, it’s driving everyone crazy with its obnoxious videos of Professor FunTime and his insidious singing calculator! When Principal Rabbski cancels the students’ field trip—along with art, music, and LEGO classes—to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help. But some crises are too big for Origami Yoda to handle alone: Form a Rebel Alliance the students must. United, can they defeat the FunTime Menace and cope with a surprise attack from Jabba the Puppett?
Julia’s Cats: Julia Child’s Life in the Company of Cats [Patricia Barey & Therese Burson] explores the beloved Queen of Cuisine’s lifelong passion for pussycats, which she discovered along with the other great loves of her life – French food and her true vocation – when she and husband Paul moved to Paris in 1948. Minette came to help rid their kitchen of mice, but the “sly, gay, cream-and-mud-colored little thing” won their hearts and became an essential part of their household.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner— tomorrow to be exact. And what’s on our minds here at Amulet Books? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, of course!
Enter to win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel Valentine’s Day prize pack! Included in the prize pack (pictured) is one copy of the book, Greg Heffley tattoos, an official Third Wheel magnet, and chocolate. You’ll win the same kind of chocolate that was given to every Abrams employee on the official release day!
Sweet love is in the air – and in your mouth! Tomorrow night from 7-9pm, Powerhouse Arena is inviting you to a baking celebrity-studded cookie swap. Bring a batch of your favorite cookies, along with an empty container, and you could go home with a tin full of cookies. Meet and mingle with Deb Perelman (Smitten Kitchen), Dawn Casale (One Girl Cookies), Adam Roberts (Secrets of the Best Chefs), and our very own Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito (Baked Elements)! Invite below for more details.
On January 15, 2013, Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his eighty-fourth birthday. For a great many reasons, his absence is felt by all, but nowhere more profoundly than in the homes and hearts of his family.
It’s amazing what a holiday break can do for the spirit and body and soul. I’m hoping that these past eleven days–over Christmas and Kwanzaa and New Year’s–helped to re-charge your battery, provided a much needed break from routine and created some time and space to stretch out, to think or just relax with family and friends and with yourself.
A confession: I haven’t done any of my holiday shopping.
Well, let me backtrack a bit; I’ve bought a few things, mostly small and falling in the “ancillary gift” category, but we’re getting down to the wire now and ABRAMS calendars for the whole family isn’t going to cut it.
If you’re in a similar pickle, I recommend Pinterest—no, not to distract yourself with photos of dream homes, foreign places, or fanciful desserts, but to find last-minute gifts.* We asked three of our colleagues to curate boards featuring unique presents and party ideas, many of which can be quickly made or quickly shipped.
Nearly everyone likes sweet stuff now and then, and lots of people bake. But why don’t more people make candy at home? Well, probably because it always seems to involve a lot of hassle and specialty equipment. Any recipe that requires you to first go buy silicone molds, or glycerin, or various tips and nozzles —anything you can’t get at the grocery store, really—is usually not the first one where you dog-ear the page in a new cookbook. I know because I’m precisely that sort of a lazy cook myself, and if I’m going to bother with a specialty project, it needs to be easy. And fun. Pretty fast. And delicious.
2012 marked the 3rd appearance of the giant helium Greg Heffley Wimpy Kid balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is always exciting to walk, but even more so when the weather is terrific. it was in the 40s—NICE! This year we had a terrific group of ABRAMS employees walk wth the ballon. Some were relative veterans, others totally new to the experience. View photos from the parade after the break!