Posts Categorized: Book Club

Book Club + Design / Friday, 28 Oct 2016

Lars Book Club: October

frankensteinBook club frankensteinWhat do you think of Frankenstein so far? Can you believe a teenager wrote this story?? And as part of a contest, too! On a dark night near Lake Geneva, Switzerland, in 1818. Lord Byron challenged his closest friends to create a ghost story. Shelley’s was published two years later. It was revised and printed again in 1831 (the version we are reading). Pretty amazing! If you’re reading it for the first time, has it surprised you?? This is my second time around, and I’m paying more attention this time. 🙂 OK, the tricky thing about a classic book like this is that you can find discussion points and questions just about anywhere. Coming up with some original questions was not easy, but we’ve thought of a few.

We partnered up with Emily Isabella as this month’s guest illustrator to create a lovely printable bookmark and quote that adds a little bit of beauty to the creepy! Download it below! Read on →

Book Club / Wednesday, 5 Oct 2016

October Book Club: Frankenstein

Lars Book clubYou’ve seen him before: a towering, grunting creature, doing little else besides staggering around with arms outstretched. Maybe he’s…green? This is most likely the Frankenstein you know. And I’m here to tell you this mental picture is nothing like the original creation. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is one of the most famous horror stories ever written, yet subsequent film attempts have virtually left out the story of this unnamed “creature”, abandoned to fend for himself in a world that repeatedly shuns him. This is a heartbreaking story of scientific experimentation, creation, destruction, and ultimately, the need for love and acceptance. So, though this may seem to be a classic thriller, a creepy Halloween story, it might surprise you. The REAL, unforgettable story will still make your skin crawl, but it will also get your wheels turning and your heart aching.

There’s lots to discuss here, you stalwart readers! Follow along on Instagram @larsbookclub as we discuss Frankenstein, and also here on the blog for a mid-month post with in-depth discussion questions. Find the book here and then find a cozy spot on a chilly October evening. 🙂 Read on →

Book Club + downloads + printable / Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

Lars Book Club: September

free printable artwork by Jill deHaan for The House That Lars Built How’s the reading going? Are you following along with our Lars Book Club Instagram posts? I get it – there’s ALOT of info in Michael Rosen’s Alphabetical. But I hope the facts and history haven’t made your eyes glaze over. If so, just skip to the next chapter! 🙂 There’s sure to be a topic to interest you. Have you picked a favorite chapter (or letter) yet? How Rosen researched each of the letters and themes associated with them is mind-boggling to think about. I’ve truly enjoyed learning about where the language I speak and alphabet I use every day comes from. We take so much for granted! Below are some questions to think about, plus a couple further reading suggestions.

This month we have partnered with letter artist, Jill De Haan, to create a beautiful quote from the book: “Every letter tells a story.” It’s available as a free printable as well as a bookmark in three different colors. Downloads below!  Read on →

Book Club + Design / Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016

Lars Book Club: September

alphabetical-by-michael-rosenIt’s that time, folks! We’re shopping for school supplies, packing lunches and backpacks, and the leaves are beginning to show off their colors! While we’re in the “back to school” mode, we thought we’d learn something new along with the kids. Have you ever wondered how our alphabet evolved into what it is now?? Why and how were those 26 letters chosen to represent sounds, then combined to form words? In Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story, Michael Rosen gives the reader the history of each letter, its pronunciation, what sound it represented, and how it was written – starting with the ancient Phoenicians up to the present, where the alphabet is changing every day due to technology and texting. The stories and facts presented with each letter and chapter are fascinating and Rosen’s jokes and word games will leave you chuckling. The evolution of the English-language alphabet (something we use every day yet never stop to think about) is truly mind-boggling! Enjoy!

We’ll be checking in with another free printable quote and bookmark with another fabulous guest illustrator, along with some discussion questions, so check in soon!

Get Alphabetical here 

by Julie Richardson  |  Photo by Anna Killian  |  Styled by Brittany Jepsen for The House That Lars Built 

Book Club + illustration / Monday, 22 Aug 2016

Lars Book Club: August

Drew Barrymore Wildflower printable quote

We hope you’ve loved reading about Drew Barrymore and her life experiences in this month’s Book Club book, Wildflower. Her love of life is apparent and her refreshing, candid way of connecting with you as a reader almost makes it feel like you’re having a conversation with her. Am I right?? Here are a few questions to consider as you finish up Wildflower, plus some further reading suggestions and a printable quote and booksmarks from the book from this month’s guest illustrator, Danielle Kroll.

Drew Barrymore Wildflower printable quote

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