What a hard week it's been for the whole Stuyvesant community -- and beyond. I'm so sorry for all of you. Gavin De Becker's book sounds both useful and thought-provoking. I've ordered it for the store. There's so much more to talk about on this topic: we'll come back to it in the new year.
Child's Play has been a busy place this past week. All that drumbeat about the internet eclipsing real stores' sales seems to have been alarmism in our case. From year to year, I forget how much one gets picked up by the wave of holiday shoppers: books disappear from shelves, hours fly by completely in conversation with readers and their parents. The supply of Guinness World Records 2012 which we thought would carry us well into the new year is poised to sell out tomorrow. Our fast reaction to Scholastic running out of their print run of The Invention of Hugo Cabret has led us to have copies on hand when even Amazon has sold out (take that, big guys!). And the big sales of Hugo and Wonderstruck have made me happy that the hot books are also the good ones. Books telling the story of the Nutcracker aren't selling as well as in previous years, but the Twelve Days of Christmas -- never a big hit in the past -- is bigger this year.
Last year, the first holiday season of our blog, we indulged in a festival of Hanukkah and Christmas books, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Tonight I offer one joyful one, illustrated by the wonderful Julie Vivas, whom many of us know as the author of the board book I Went Walking. Her
Nativity is exuberant, even when the characters are exhausted. She uses the King James Bible words, and infuses them with a very human aura. Her annunciation is probably my favorite interpretation, an illustration I wish I had for my wall:
May you and your family have a joyous Christmas, Annie. And I wish our followers much rejoicing, whatever your holiday. We'll take a little break and be back in 2012.