The Observing Eye
By Muriel Spark
The Observing Eye is a collection of Muriel Spark's brilliant asides, sayings, and aphorisms. No other writer can hold a candle to her wry, puckish observations:'Neurotics are awfully quick to notice other people's mentalities.''It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.''The sacrifice of pleasure is of course itself a pleasure.''Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time in your life it may occur.''Ridicule is the only honourable weapon we have left.'Spark's striking insights are precise and unforgettable - they will make you laugh and nod in agreement, with a wicked smile on your face. Her wise words never fail to hit exactly the right note.
By Chris Paling
'Paling's deftly drawn vignettes are frequently funny, sometimes sad and occasionally troubling . . . Borrow a copy from your local library, if you still have one. Better yet, buy it' Neil Armstrong, Mail on Sunday'Not only was I captivated by Paling's lovingly wrought series of pen portraits, I was amused, moved and - perhaps most surprising of all - uplifted' John Preston, Daily Mail'There are many detractors who question whether libraries are still relevant in the digital age. Paling's keenly and kindly observed account of his encounters offers a gentle insight as to why they still are' Helen Davies, Sunday TimesChris works as a librarian in a small-town library in the south of England. This is the story of the library, its staff, and the fascinating group of people who use the library on a regular basis. We'll meet characters like the street-sleepers Brewer, Wolf and Spencer, who are always the first through the doors. The Mad Hatter, an elderly man who scurries around manically, searching for books. Sons of Anarchy Alan, a young Down's Syndrome man addicted to the American TV drama series. Startled Stewart, a gay man with a spray-on tan who pops in most days for a nice chat, sharking for good-looking foreign language students. And Trish, who is relentlessly cheerful and always dressed in pink - she has never married, but the marital status of everybody she meets is of huge interest to her.Some of the characters' stories are tragic, some are amusing, some are genuinely surreal, but together they will paint a bigger picture of the world we live in today, and of a library's hugely important place within it. Yes, of course, people come in to borrow books, but the library is also the equivalent of the village pump. It's one of the few places left where anyone, regardless of age or income or background, can wander in and find somebody to listen to their concerns, to share the time of day. Reading Allowed will provide us with a fascinating portrait of a place that we all value and cherish, but which few of us truly know very much about ...
Take Me There
By Victoire Bourgois
Draw & Dream is a coloring and activity book for all ages that follows curious travelers as they voyage around the world. Embark on a journey of fantasy and adventure, where both familiar and exotic landscapes invite you to escape-to another city, another country, another hemisphere. Draw & Dream offers you a passport to 40 locations, ranging from cityscapes and street scenes in Venice, New York, Rio, and Barcelona, to the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China, the colorful traditions of the Mexican Day of the Dead, the animal kingdom of the Galapagos, and finally home at the journey's end.The book ends with a thumbnail of each setting paired with text describing the location, offering context and fun facts. This portion also includes lined sections for journaling and blank pages inviting you to drawn in your own dream destination.Life is an adventure. Give it some color!
Things You Should Already Know About Dating, You F*cking Idiot
By Ben Schwartz, Laura Moses
A hilarious illustrated collection of tips for successfully navigating the dating world as a millennial. For single millennials, this situation is all too familiar: You're on a date. It's going well! Then suddenly your date looks at you like you're a f*cking idiot and you never hear from that person again. Guess you're going to die alone, right? Maybe not! Humble authors Ben Schwartz and Laura Moses have written a book to save the future of the human race: Things You Should Already Know About Dating, You F*cking Idiot, a collection of 100 dating tips--complete with illustrations--that teaches clueless guys and girls the dos and don'ts of dating. In their book, Ben and Laura cover all the basics, from "Why are you texting in just Emojis, dummy?!" to "Stop playing games, idiot!" and, of course, "PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN, A**HOLE!" Simply put, this book will make you laugh and finally give you a fighting chance at not dying alone.
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Complete And Annotated...All The Bits
By Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
THE must-have book for every Monty Python fan is now in paperback! Monty Python's Flying Circus: Complete and Annotated... All the Bits includes every script from every episode of the innovative, hilarious, and absurd series--one of the most influential of all time--plus hundreds of annotations, behind-the-scenes stories, profiles, and more, as well as photographs, drawings, and Terry Gilliam's iconic artwork.Monty Python's Flying Circus is one of the most popular, important and oft-quoted comedy series of all time. This landmark work collects the complete scripts for every one of the 45 episodes of Flying Circus: every silly setup, every clever conceit, every snide insult, and ever saucy aside from these classic skits, including "The Ministry of Silly Walks," "The Dead Parrot," "Banter in the Cheese Shop," "Spam, the Funniest Joke in the World," "The Spanish Inquisition," "The Argument Clinic," "The Fish-Slapping Dance," "The Lumberjack Song," and all the rest.Every script is thoroughly annotated with notes that cover the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical references touched upon in each sketch. Sidebars and commentary throughout include profiles of the principles -- Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and John Cleese -- and interviews with the cast and crew; fascinating facts about technical concerns, set design, and shooting locations; insider stores from on and off the set, including arguments, accidents, and practical jokes; goofs and gaffes; and much more. Also included are thousands of stills and artwork from the shows.
The Little Box of Feminist Flair
By Lauren Mancuso, Anna Fleiss
Smash the patriarchy in style with The Little Box of Feminist Flair! With fabulous, fearless females like Michelle Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, and Beyonce -- rendered as graphic, cross-stitch style portraits -- and empowering slogans, this kit brings a quirky spin to the feminist resistance. Learn about these inspiring women in a 48-page miniature book filled with punchy biographies, and add a touch of feminist flair to your outfit, bag, or home with this collection of 5 portrait-style pins, 2 iron-on patches, and 3 magnets. This kit includes:* 5 1/2-inch pins, featuring the faces of famous feminist icons. * 2 iron-on patches.* 3 magnets (1 text-based, 2 image-based). * 48-page miniature book.
By Natalie Kossar
McCall's Pattern Behavior couples the beloved vintage sewing patterns with captions that are droll, deadpan, and hysterically funny. Budding comedian Natalie Kossar began publishing her snarky cartoons on a Tumblr blog in 2015, and has since won the attention of Kat Harding at Jezebel, Paul Einlyng at Sweet Paul, and Dan Savage of Savage Love-along with thousands of enthusiastic followers. She has also won the support of the McCall's brand, who is opening their archives to Natalie to produce over 100 new cartoons for the book, as well as lending marketing muscle upon publication. McCall's Pattern Behavior's wry sense of humor will appeal to a wide swathe of readers, whether or not they remember the vintage McCall's patterns from their youth.Praise from blog fans: "I don't drink milk because it comes out of my nose when I read stuff as funny as Pattern Behavior.""I just spent approx. 20 min ugly cry-laughing over Pattern Behavior. My friend nearly had a hilarity-induced asthma attack.""I just discovered Pattern Behavior, died, and then died again because we finished them all. MOAR PLZ (sic)."
Festivus/Seinfeld: Celebration Kit
Kit includes:* 9-inch tall Festivus pole with 4 buttons that play audio of Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller)* 5 Human Fund donation gift cards* 2 magnetsButton 1 "The Story of Festivus": Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reach for the last one they had-but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way!...out of that, a new holiday was born. A Festivus for the rest of us!Button 2 "The Festivus Pole": There's a pole. It requires no decoration. I find tinsel distracting. It's made from aluminum. Very high strength-to-weight ratio.Button 3 "The Airing of Grievances": Welcome, newcomers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you're gonna hear about it!Button 4 "The Feats of Strength": And now as Festivus rolls on, we come to the feats of strength. Until you pin me, Festivus is not over! Let's rumble!
Bob Ross Bobblehead
By Bob Ross
Bob Ross-whose happy paintings, memorable hairstyle, and quirky catchphrases make us grin from ear to ear-is still as popular as ever, maintaining a core base of fans through a show that has never gone off the air since 1983 and that's embraced by a generation of gamers and millennials, with tributes appearing everywhere from Twitch to Netflix, Buzzfeed, and YouTube. This mini kit captures Ross's matchless appeal. It includes the first-ever officially licensed Bob Ross bobblehead figure, and it plays 10 different wise and witty sayings from the art master. The kit also comes with a mini easel book featuring Ross's landscape works, which can be displayed alongside the bobblehead figure.
New to our line of musical kits following the recent Finger Breakdancing and Desktop Disco Fever, the Teeny-Tiny Turntable brings you the nostalgic joy of the record player anytime, anywhere! Let those records spin with the Teeny-Tiny Turntable! This on-trend kit adds a bit of vintage vinyl charm to any home or office with its miniature record player and 3 mini-LPs -- each with a printed sleeve and 30 seconds of music. With printed stickers for customizing your LPs and a mini book full of fun facts about the rise of records, this kit brings the joy of the turntable to the legions of devoted vinyl fans, from classic collectors to hip young audiophiles!This kit includes:* Miniature record player, with liftable lid and movable arm.* 3 miniature records. Each record plays 30 seconds of music in a distinct genre and comes with a corresponding sleeve.* Printed stickers to decorate records and sleeves.* 32-page miniature book
Dancing with Jesus: Bobbling Figurine
By Sam Stall
Adapted from our perennial bestseller Dancing with Jesus, this humorous kit includes a bobbling Jesus figurine on a suction cup base that you can attach to your dashboard, your desk, or virtually anywhere you could use some peace and tranquility - or to just bring a smile to your face. Kit also includes a mini version of the original Dancing with Jesus book, with how-to instructions and illustrations throughout.Kit includes:* 3" bobbling Jesus figurine on suction cup base* Illustrated conga line backdrop* 32-page Dancing with Jesus mini book, including 12 dance moves with how-to instructions and illustrations
By Quentin Letts
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain, Quentin Letts, comes his blistering new book on how Britain's out-of-touch, illiberal elite fills its boots.DAILY MAIL BOOK OF THE YEAR'With its vicious takedowns, Quentin Letts' laugh-out-loud Patronising Bastards will have the lefty-elite running scared' The Sun'Earnest without being preachy, Patronising Bastards is a tonic for those who look about them and feel an insuperable sense of defeat' Roger Lewis, The TimesNot since Marie Antoinette said 'Let them eat cake' have the peasants been so revolting. Western capitalism's elites are bemused: Brexit, Trump, and maybe more eruptions to follow. But their rulers were so good to them! Hillary Clinton called the ingrates 'a basket of deplorables', Bob Geldof flicked them a V sign, Tony Blair thought voters too thick to understand the question. Wigged judges stared down their legalistic noses at a surging, pongy populous.These people who know best, these snooterati with their faux-liberal ways, are the 'Patronising Bastards'. Their downfall is largely of their own making - their Sybaritic excesses, an obsession with political correctness, the prolonged rape of reason and rite. You'll find these self-indulgent show-ponys not just in politics and the cloistered old institutions but also in high fashion, football, among the clean-eating foodies and at the Baftas and Oscars, where celebritydom hires PR smoothies to massage reputations and mislead, distort, twist. Political columnist and bestselling author Quentin Letts identifies these condescending creeps and their networks, their methods and their dubious morals. Letts kebabs them like mutton. It's baaaahd. It's juicy.Richard Branson, Emma Thompson, Shami Chakrabarti, Jean-Claude Juncker and any head waiter who calls you 'young man' - this one's for you!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander's Case
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes fans to a new era in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. Inspired by the Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by J.K. Rowling's character, Newt Scamander, the film follows a magical mix-up that takes Newt on a chase around New York City looking for the magical creatures that have escaped from his case.This kit contains a collectible miniature replica of Newt's leather case, complete with sound of the Niffler, along with a 48-page book of short profiles of Newt and the beasts and full-color imagery from the film.