A local Richmond author and friend of a friend took an Edgar Allan Poe work and made into a children’s book.
There will be a subset of people who read that first sentence and say YAY! without a flinch. Others will be a little concerned. Both will be happy to hear the book pulls off Edgar Allan Poe without scaring the bejesus out of little kids. (I didn’t just write that so I could use “bejesus” — okay maybe a little.)
The book is based on the The Fall of the House of Usher (feel free to click that link for the synopsis. I did!) but without the dead/back-from-the-dead body (unless you take “sleep is the twin of death” very seriously). The illustrations are haunting and beautiful (and available as postcards!). Although the book is geared towards 2-5 year olds, even my 7-year-old was drawn to the book, and I loved it as a jumping off place to talk about Poe.
The best news is Micah Edwards and Tom Brown may collaborate on more books based on Edgar Allan Poe. I’m pulling for The Tell-Tale Heart mostly because I heard a beating heart for weeks after my first reading of it.
The second best news is they’ve agreed to giveaway a book for one lucky Late Enough reader.
To qualify for any Late Enough giveaways you have subscribe by email, RSS, Bloglovin, or newsletter. If you already follow along (or just signed up), enter this book giveaway by leaving a comment on this post letting me know what favorite author or tale you would like to see as a children’s book. “Easy peasy,” as Poe would never say.
This giveaway ends on June 11, 2014 at noon EST and is open to U.S. readers only. I will use random.org to chose the winner based on the comments below and notify them by email. If you use Facebook to comment, please include your email address in the comment. The winner has 24 hours to reply, or I will have to choose a new winner and everyone will be sad except the new winner. Read official rules here.
If you can’t wait for the giveaway, buy Ricky’s Spooky House for the coolest kids you know.
Disclaimer: I was sent the book and offered to do a giveaway for free because I like books and local authors and Edgar Allan Poe.
THE WINNER IS TARA (who found out right after the giveaway ended, but I forgot the update this post! So sorry!)