Charlie Whistler's Omnium Gatherum: Campfire Stories and Adirondack Adventures (Hardcover)

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This is a totally unique and fun little book. Presented as a faux-scrapbook filled with ephemera, Ominum Gatherum follows the adventures of a fictional family as they spend their leisure days in the Adirondacks. Photos, drawings, pressed plants, and more filled the pages in between journal entries, letters, and family-style recipes. A perfect coffee table book for your cabin or home away from home. — Chris Linendoll

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In the tradition of The Dangerous Book for Boys, a visually dazzling compendium of practical knowledge, fascinating trivia, and worldly wisdom for young boys—designed as a charming and informal full-color family scrapbook treasured by generations of one family at their Adirondack summer camp.

On a late summer afternoon, while rustling around in his family’s Adirondack cabin, a boy named Charlie Whistler finds a dusty cloth-bound scrapbook. It is the Omnium Gatherum, a colorful, illustrated grab bag of stories, arcana, and much more, faithfully collected over generations by Charlie’s father, grandfather, and generations of Whistlers before them.

Its pages hold a universe of age-old wisdom, from the simple—how to tie a slipknot—to the esoteric—how to find your way in the forest, or predict the tides—to the exotic—how to understand simple phrases in dozens of languages.

Charlie Whistler’s Omnium Gatherum is a delightful, ceaselessly readable, and unique gift book for boys of all ages: a nostalgic evocation of American childhood, a keepsake for modern fathers to hand down to their sons, and an irresistible, page-turning read for everyone who loves to lose themselves in the world of imagination.

Praise For…


“If you were to distill the several essences of Adirondack forests, invigorating lake waters, family traditions and a zest for life, and then capture them in the form of a book, you probably could not come closer than Charlie Whistler’s Omnium Gatherum . . . Vigorous, eclectic and beautifully designed, this book for young readers is also rather daring.”
The Wall Street Journal


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062323613
ISBN-10: 006232361X
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English
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