Giveaway! Neil Gaiman 3-Book Box Set: Coraline; The Graveyard Book; Fortunately, the Milk

sk lamont Giveaway Neil Gaiman 3 Book Box SetIn this week’s blog post I’m giving away the 3-Book Box Set: Coraline; The Graveyard Book; and Fortunately, the Milk, by author Neil Gaimen. Please note these are the British versions! I like this box set in particular because it is the British version and also because of the fun illustrations by Chris Riddell.

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Bedtime Stories

In the fall last year I decided that it was time to bring back bedtime stories to our family. It’s such a wonderful time for us to connect and be together. It used to be part of our regular bedtime routine but managed to slip through the cracks, the year before last, when our newborn baby became deathly ill. Our baby boy had to go through thirteen surgeries including two liver transplants in 2014–he was not expected to make it–but remarkably he did! You can read a little about his story here.

It was enough to flip our family upside down for the last couple of years, so I was extremely happy when our life began to settle down once more. I loved bedtime stories when I was a kid and I wanted to make sure that all my kids could experience the magic that my older kids had, before life got in the way! So we began with Serafina and the Black Cloak to enrich our new bedtime routine. I even got the chance to interview author Robert Beatty, the article was featured on Writers Digest, you can read it here.

A Bit Spooky

Serafina and the Black Cloak was rather creepy and scary, and I could never of handled a tale like that when I was a kid. But my kids asked me for it repeatedly until they finally wore me down, and they they loved it. So I decided to pick up this lovely Neil Gaimen box set as our next set of bedtime stories even though they have the creepy factor too. There is a wide diversity of reading ages here–I’d say, five through eight for Fortunately, the Milk; Eight through ten (or older) for Coraline, though watch out this one is a bit creepy, especially if you have a sensitive child; and The Graveyard Book, is probably about ten and up, my 15-year-old snatched this one out of my hands and devoured in a matter of hours.

My daughter loved it, and it renewed her interest in reading again. Having spiraled into the world of all things teenager, her love of reading had been put on hold for months, so I was particularly excited that The Graveyard Book inspired her thirst for reading once more.

Here is what my daughter had to say about it:

“It was a really great book! I enjoyed the characters, all the different elements, and how everything tied together. I loved the plot twists and turns throughout the story, and overall it was an exciting ride. I just wish there was more!”

Our family has been enjoying these books immensely and I think they’re fun for adult readers too, Fortunately, the Milk, may be a little on the young side, but it is stuffed full of fun and interesting illustrations.

From the Back Cover of the Book Set:

Giveaway Neil Gaiman 3 Book Box SetAn exclusive box set containing three Neil Gaiman classics, including the Newbery Medal and Carnegie Medal winner The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk, all illustrated by acclaimed and award-winning artist Chris Riddell.

These editions, containing the British illustrations—which are both hilarious and moving—have never before been published in the United States.

From the back covers of each individual book:

The Graveyard Book

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives, and he has already killed Bod’s family.

Coraline

There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, or the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It’s the other house—the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. Forever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back…

Fortunately, the Milk

Mum’s away. Dad’s in charge. There’s no milk. So Dad saves the day by going to buy some. Really, that’s all that happens. Very boring. YAAAAAAAWWWN. There are absolutely definitely none of the following inside: Globby Green Aliens! Intergalactic Police! Pirates! Angry volcano gods demanding human sacrifice! And most definitely NOT a time-traveling hot-air balloon piloted by the brilliant Professor Steg…

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17 replies
  1. Kat McCormick
    Kat McCormick says:

    My youngest daughter caught me reading your blog and begged me to enter! Great giveaway! Thanks for hosting. 🙂

    I’m not sure about my most memorable character, but when I was child my father took Mowgli from Kipling’s book and made up his own wild tales (that often involved three little girls from America … that would be me with my sisters). I can still remember some of the crazy stuff he came up with all these years later!

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    • S.K. Lamont
      S.K. Lamont says:

      That’s wonderful that your daughter begged you to enter, these really are an awesome collection of books. I hope she wins! And, how fun that your father brought Mowgli out of The Jungle Book to go on wild adventures with his daughters!
      Thanks for sharing, Kat!

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  2. Anna
    Anna says:

    My little guy asked me to read him Harry Potter and we are on the second book.
    Eventually I’ll be looking for something else, so these books would be great!
    Thanks for putting on the giveaway! * Crossing my fingers *

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  3. alyssa
    alyssa says:

    I’ve never read any of these books, but my daughter loves the Caroline movie, and she is a book worm, so I had to enter for her.

    A great idea for a giveaway!

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  4. Kim Bailey Deal
    Kim Bailey Deal says:

    These are wonderful stories, and of course Neil Gaiman is phenomenal. I entered, but I really hope someone with small children wins. I could give them to one of my step-grandchildren but unfortunately my step-children haven’t engendered a love of reading as I would expect my own children to do if they had kids, although I have slowly been working to change that. Bed time stories were a MUST in my home when my children were growing up. As always, SK, I love your posts. Thank you.

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    • S.K. Lamont
      S.K. Lamont says:

      Thank you for entering, Kim! And, you could always keep the stories for yourself and give your inner child a thrill. I actually read The Graveyard Book first, just for me, before sharing it with the children–someone had to check it wasn’t too scary for the kids, you know 😉 Thanks for your lovely comments!

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  5. Natasha
    Natasha says:

    I always go back to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as one of my most memorable books. I read it in first grade and it was so imaginative. I have loved books ever since and it is one of my most gifted books.

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