If you plan on making a trip to McDonald’s in the next few weeks, there will be a pleasant surprise in your child’s Happy Meal Box. There are four different books that will be available until February 15th.
The titles that are available are Paddington by Michael Bond and illustrated by R. W. Alley. The three other titles all have Valentine’s Day themes: Clark the Shark Takes Heart by Bruce Hale and illustrated by Guy Francis; Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond; and Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean.
The books are certainly not fill size, since they need to fit in Happy Meals boxes. In the publishing industry, they are known as “petite.” paperbacks, which are about 4½ by 5½ inches.
This is the 3rd year in a row that McDonald’s has given away free books inside Happy Meal boxes. Including this year, they would have given out close to 60 million books to children in the United States.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.