When you gift-wrap a book to give to a child, there’s no hiding what you’ve done. The child will not mistake the object for a teddy bear or a ukulele or a videogame. Having lost the element of surprise, you can gain credibility by choosing a book of exceptional size, interest or beauty. For a child 2-6 years old, it might be a gorgeous book about animals such as “Song of the Wild” (Candlewick, 107 pages, $19.99), an introduction to creatures as large as blue whales and as small as dragonfly nymphs.
Once upon a time in Mesopotamia, long before the iPad, people used a different kind of tablet to record events and write down stories. There was no scrolling in those pre-internet days. Instead, writers used blunt reeds to press the shapes of cuneiform script into tablets that were smooth, heavy and made of clay. Hundreds of thousands of these objects are extant, but only a small number have been deciphered. They give us thrilling glimpses of the remote past.
The first thing that a child will notice about the hushed and beautiful picture book “Look! What Do You See?” (Viking, 38 pages, $18.99) is that it seems to be written in Chinese. On parchment-brown pages, a delicate brush has inked lines of calligraphy that are lovely to contemplate but apparently incomprehensible to someone who reads only English. Almost as striking, the writing is paired with folk-art-style illustrations that depict scenes of Americana.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".