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Bestseller 'Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book' gets a holiday follow-up

Diane Muldrow's guide to life 'Golden' became a bestseller and there's now an installment for the holidays.

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Fans of Little Golden Books can now celebrate their love during the holiday season. 

Writer Diane Muldrow, the editorial director of Golden Books, is following up her bestseller “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book” with a new title “Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book,” which was released on Sept. 9. “Christmas” will include such characters from Little Golden Books such as the Poky Little Puppy. 

Barnes & Noble wrote of the new book, “In this certain to be a favorite even before it becomes a popular stocking-stuffer, she taps Golden Book wisdom and good cheer about the holidays, carefully sprinkling in the instant nostalgia of classic children's book art.”

As we previously reported, Muldrow’s title “Golden,” which details life lessons like “Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding” and “Be a hugger,” was first released a little less than a year ago but has been a mainstay on the IndieBound bestseller list, which is gathered using data from independent bookstores, ever since. It’s currently at number three on the Hardcover Nonfiction IndieBound list for the week of Sept. 11. and has been at first, second, and third place frequently on that same list for the past year.

School Library Journal called the first book “a fun and entertaining walk down memory lane,” while Publishers Weekly wrote that it’s an “optimistic and cheering trip down memory lane,” though Kirkus Reviews mentioned its “quaint period values” with “views of apron-wearing housewives and pipe-smoking men (or bears) to, with but two exceptions, an all-white cast of humans. Furthermore, despite the title's implication, the exhortations don't always reflect the original story's lesson or theme”; however, the publication called the book “chicken soup for fans of Golden Books,” which Kirkus Reviews said were “fondly remembered.”

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