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Matilda - oddly there is no digital versionThe internet is full of all kinds of awesome things. I like it here.

First up, from JD Drew: decrepit Victorian homes built of Legos. Prepare to be impressed because CREEPY and AWESOME are here in equal doses.

Next: how awesome is this? Puffin, a division of Penguin, as donated use of Roald Dahl’s digital books , James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the Worldreader program. Worldreader makes digital books available to readers in developing worlds, and Amazon, Random House, and now Penguin are part of the program. High fives, y’all. That is amazing.

(Oddly, I couldn’t find digital editions of those books available in the US, but hey, developing nations first? I am ok with that. I trust there will be Dahl ebooks here eventually.)

Speaking of ebooks: Pocket After Dark has a BIG selection of paranormal romances – including the first books in some very popular series – on sale for $3.99. This discount is valid from October 11 – November 1 2011. I do not know about any possible geographic restrictions (I’m sorry – I can’t test that, unfortunately!).

Titles include Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other [Amazon | Kobo | BN  | WORD Brooklyn], Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter [Amazon | Kobo | BN | WORD Brooklyn], and Cherry Adair’s Hush. [Amazon | Kobo | BN | WORD Brooklyn]

And, heads up – there is another opportunity to win EIKAL over at BookTrib.com, which, if you’re a member, has weekly opportunities to win books, including romances. Last week there was a Bertrice Small novel up for grabs, and this week, alongside EIKAL, you could enter to win a copy of Linda Lael Miller’s A Lawman’s Christmas.

Good gravy, cowboys and Christmas? That’s a powerful combo right there.

Total nonsequitur: when folks see Linda Lael Miller’s name, many people think “cowboys” but I think “pet food.” I have a rubber cap for the cans of cat food that I got at a conference YEARS ago that sends me and my pet best wishes from Linda Lael Miller. Cowboys are awesome, and so are happy cats. (I love promo items like that).

So: do you have a favorite Dahl book? And which of that paranormal romance are you thinking of buying? Is $3.99 a good price for you, or do you prefer it lower? (And who is moving into the creepy lego house with me!?)

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  1. 1
    Abby says:

    I am SO moving into the creepy lego house!  Hopefully along with the cast of several Tim Burton films.

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    Mikaela says:

    The offer from Pocket is US only :(.  It might be that Books on Board and Kobo is a bit slow on updating the prices, but I don’t think so.  Offers like this one usually are US only.

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    Kara says:

    My favorite Dahl book is George’s Marvelous Medicine. I’m reading it to my kids right now. We’re working our way through his kid books.

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    So I was skimming, and got to the bit about giving away Dahl books to kids in developing nations, and thought…

    Whoa! Victoria Dahl is not exactly the author I would choose to introduce young readers to the joys of literacy!

    Roald. Roald.

    My favorite ROALD Dahl book is Danny, Champion of the World. I got in so much trouble for attempting Sticky Hat on my brother.

    Also? 4 year olds do not fall asleep when their eyes are covered. They just yell louder. Whoda thunk it?

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    SB Sarah says:

    Whoa! Victoria Dahl is not exactly the author I would choose to introduce young readers to the joys of literacy!

    Roald. Roald.

    *can’t breathe…laughing too hard*

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    Hannah says:

    My favorite Roald Dahl book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I didn’t see the movie until I was an adult and am definitely a book purist when it comes to this one, though I love Gene Wilder. I read it when I was 5, and it inspired naughtiness in the form of putting gum behind my ears a la Violet Beauregard. I had a bowl cut for several years after that incident :(
    Worldreader is so valuable because of the barriers to access to books in the developing world. I’m glad that so many publishers are participating.

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    Katherine says:

    James and the Giant Peach. Love it. There is something about Roald Dahl’s books that made my imagination soar as a little kid. That reminds me that I dig out my old copies to read to my 8yo.

    Re: pocket books sale. $3.99 is a good price for a book, but none of those titles appeal. I don’t read much UF. (I am thinking about getting that belt though…)

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    snarkhunter says:

    Matilda. All the way. Love it so much my copy is disintegrating. (I must’ve read it several times a year when I was 10-11. Probably b/c I was too smart and too small for my age.)

    I’m actually writing about Matilda right now, and have fallen in love with it all over again.

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    Elise Logan says:

    Courtney – I am so glad I wasn’t drinking when I read that. LOL.

    Hard to pick a favorite Roald Dahl book. Munchkin is reading them now, and I am re-loving them. Currently I’m stuck on The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

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    liz talley says:

    What is wrong with my kid? Just bought him Fantastic Mr. Fox at the school book fair and his words, “I’m not reading this. I tried that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and it was terrible.” What have I raised? All he wants to read are those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. And some other one called Big Nate. That. Is. It.

    My kid hates books. Makes me so sad that I can’t find anything to seduce him into reading.

    But, he’d probably read Victoria Dahl…I catch him staring at those Victoria Secrets commercials, so I know what’s what with my nine year old book hater.

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    Noelle N says:

    I LOVE the creepy lego houses. I wish I had the patience and a massive enough lego budget to make my own.

    The BFG has always been my favorite Dahl book.

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    Sarah Morgan says:

    The Enormous Crocodile. But has to be with Quentin Blake illustrations otherwise you miss the bit where the crocodile masquerades as a coconut tree.

    @Liz, he might get into it later (reading I mean, obviously…) Or you could try non fiction. For ages my youngest was far more interested in books on how to be a spy/survive in a wilderness/mummify a brother than he was in fiction. And then suddenly he switched. Or maybe Victoria Dahl could turn her hand to a series for children? Bad children do? Mummy said don’t?’

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    liz talley says:

    Well, lo and behold, if he didn’t come home and say he’s almost finished with the Mr. Fox book. I asked him if he liked it and he said, “Uh, huh.” I’ll celebrate a victory even if he’s reading only in the name of AR.

    I’ll keep searching for something that will stick…even if it is mummifying his brother. Why are boys so hard to please when it comes to books? I’ve spent a small fortune hunting for something that will make them happy, or less likely to revolt against reading. The hunt continues.

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    Nicolette says:

    My favourite Dahl book?  It’s the first Dahl my mom read to me when I was a wee and impressionable kidlet: The Magic Finger.  I already have a copy waiting in the bookshelf for when my kidlet is old enough to sit still for a book that length.  My second favourite is a tie between The Twits and Revolting Rhymes.  I have those too.

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    Sandra says:

    @abby:

    I am SO moving into the creepy lego house!  Hopefully along with the cast of several Tim Burton films.

    Dark Shadows!!!! With Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfieffer…. coming to a theater near you next year.

    physcial69: nuff said

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    ev says:

    Go Penguin!!! (I work for the parent company and we do try and do some cool stuff and they even manage to sneak in some stuff like this)

    I saw the Lego houses the other day and they are just too cool for words. I want one of my own.Ghosts included.

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    Kristyn says:

    @Courtney – I needed that laugh! lol Thanks!

    My favorite Roald Dahl definitely = James and the Giant Peach!

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    JBHunt says:

    Dahl’s BOY, the memoir of his early years, is my favorite.

    Definitely reveals where he got the inspiration for all those dictatorial adults and bullies who deserve their comeuppance.

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    rudi_bee says:

    I love Roald Dahl and I definitely can’t choose just one. The Witches, The Twits and Matilda are my favourites.

    Actually when my older brother was in hospital earlier this year I sent him a care package that included a copy of The Twits to cheer him up. And copious amounts of bubble wrap.

  20. 20
    lmg says:

    HENRY SUGAR!!!

    I would study candles and try to read cards for YEARS when I was a kid…still look for the parts of the flame in a candle…

  21. 21
    Ros says:

    @lmg YES!  I thought I was the only one…

    Never tried walking over hot coals, though.

  22. 22

    My favorite Dahl has got to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And the lego houses? Super creepy way to start a rainy Wednesday.

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    velocireader says:

    @ liz – I have boys and they can be very hard to find books for, but depending on age and reading level, try Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series (also The Supernaturalist, great sci-fi), also Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series. My kids also liked Cornelia Funke (Thief Lord, Inkspell series) and anything by Louis Sachar (Holes) and Jerry Spinelli (Loser).

    Sorry, way off topic. I vote for Victoria Dahl for kids. Just finished Bad Boys Do and I am still sweating.

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    jody says:

    I’ll keep searching for something that will stick…even if it is mummifying his brother. Why are boys so hard to please when it comes to books? I’ve spent a small fortune hunting for something that will make them happy, or less likely to revolt against reading. The hunt continues.

    Liz, do kids read E. Nesbit any more? Or Enid Blyton or Arthur Ransome?  Edward Eager would be more fun to read after Nesbit., there are so many allusions.

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    Miss Moppet says:

    Matilda was one of my all time favorite books!

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    Karin says:

    I love me some Roald Dahl! Check the hotness of him on the cover of this book about his spy career during WWII.
      http://www.amazon.com/Irregulars-Roald-British-Wartime-Washington/dp/B002BWQ4PA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318609296&sr=1-1#_

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    Holy Food says:

    “The grants are designed to bring people into the system,” said Andrew Cushnir, director of programs at The Federation. “It supplies an immediate bit of relief but also provides a point of access to multiple benefits.”

    HOLY FOOD

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