Daily Deals: Lit, The Elephant’s Child and Kids Trucks

Lit (P.S.)Today Amazon offers Lit (P.S.) by Mary Karr just for $1.99

The Liars’ Club brought to vivid, indelible life Mary Karr’s hardscrabble Texas childhood. Cherry, her account of her adolescence, “continued to set the literary standard for making the personal universal” (Entertainment Weekly). Now Lit follows the self-professed blackbelt sinner’s descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness—and to her astonishing resurrection.

Karr’s longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blueblood poet produces a son they adore. But she can’t outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in “The Mental Marriott,” with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors, awakens her to the possibility of joy and leads her to an unlikely faith. Not since Saint Augustine cried, “Give me chastity, Lord—but not yet!” has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity.

Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr’s relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up—as only Mary Karr can tell it.

Some words about the Author

Mary Karr is a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry. She has won Pushcart Prizes for both verse and essays, and is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University. Her previous two memoirs, The Liars’ Club and Cherry, were New York Times bestsellers.


Today’s price of Elephant’s Child, The (Rabbit Ears: A Classic Tale (Spotlight)) by Rudyard Kipling, Tim Raglin is $0.99.

Rudyard Kipling’s story of how the elephant got its trunk has always delighted children with its playful use of language and sense of high adventure. Never has there been a more satisfying rendering of Kipling’s most beloved “Just So” story, which explains what the world was like “in the beginning of years when the world was new and all…” Ages 5 and up


Kids Trucks: Puzzles - An Animated Truck Puzzle Game for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Young ChildrenKids Trucks: Puzzles – An Animated Truck Puzzle Game for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Young Children today is free.

Do your kids love trucks? Do they love puzzles? Look no further. Kids Trucks: Puzzles is a fun animated puzzle game for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids from ages 1 to 6.

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Children’s Day Book Selection for Kindle

In honor of Universal Children’s Rights Day (“Lapsen oikeuksien päivä” in Finnish, “Giornata mondiale dei diritti dei bambini” in Italian),I thought I’d share a few children’s books that are available on the Kindle and Kindle DX.  I was excited to find some of my childhood favorites among the selection of children’s books for the Kindle.  What a great way to get children excited about reading!

You are all probably familiar with Beverly Cleary’s Ramona the Brave and other Ramona books such as Ramona Quimby Age 8, Ramona the Pest, Beezus and Ramona and Ramona and Her FatherRamona the Brave follows Ramona at age six. She has to deal with her mom returning to work, starting first grade and sleeping alone in the spooky dark.  And adults thought they had it rough!

Throughout the whole series, Cleary does a wonderful job portraying the relationships Ramona has with her sister Beezus, as well as her classmates, teachers and parents. She does it all with a great sense of humor and imagination. In Beezus and Ramona, the reader gets to hear Beezus’s side of the story.  At age nine, she is responsible for looking after her younger, mischievous four year old sister.  It is tough being the oldest sometimes.  Not to mention, having such a funny name can be a pain sometimes too.

The Magic Tree House series, by Mary Pope Osborne is another delightful children’s series that is available on the Kindle.  This series is a great fit for the Kindle because there are more than 40 books to choose from.  The books in the Magic Tree House transport Jack and his sister Annie to different places in time.  The first in the series, Dinosaurs Before Dark, transports them to the age of the Dinosaurs.  The Knight at Dawn takes them back to the time where Knights and Castles were rulers of the land.  The Magic Tree House books are history lessons, as well as adventurous.  They are great books to start with once children are ready to move up from picture books.

There are few well loved classics that are free on the Kindle such as The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Adventures of Pinocchio.

I hope that soon, Amazon (NASDAAQ:AMZN) will add favorites such as Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Tales and of the Fourth Grade Nothing and The Boxcar Children to their list of Kindle books for children.