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You all know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, and of course, Rudolph. But did you know that Rudolph has a brother... Santa's tenth reindeer? For 2013, there's a new book on the market that tells the tale of this mysterious 10th reindeer, and lands right here on The Rock Father as part of my 25 Days of Xmas. Recommended for kids ages 4-9, THE LEGEND OF RANGER, THE REINDEER WHO COULDN'T FLY features the writing of Alan B. Salisbury (retired Commanding General in the U.S. Army) with artwork by Roberta Baird. All profits from the sale of Ranger products will be donated to the Antonia Giallourakis Endowment for Art Therapy at the MassGeneral Children's Hospital Cancer Center, which makes this not only a great gift idea, but one that will do some good. Check out the full details below...

There are few bands that have reached the iconic stature of METALLICA. For over thirty years, the band has been providing the soundtrack for listeners like myself, and today comes the release of the first part of the definitive, two-volume biography of METALLICA. BIRTH SCHOOL METALLICA DEATH: The Biography, Volume 1 (Da Capo Press Music Books) has secured a spot in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide (For Grownups) here on THE ROCK FATHER, as it would make a fantastic offering for the metal fan on your holiday shopping list. Even better, my friends at Da Capo Press and I have teamed-up to get two lucky readers hooked-up with the brand new hardcover! My copy just arrived here at Rock Father HQ today, and I can't wait to get reading...

RON BURGUNDY, legendary anchorman of San Diego’s award-winning Action 4 News Team and anchor of the first 24-hour news channel, GNN (Global News Network), has announced the release of his autobiography, LET ME OFF AT THE TOP! My Classy Life and Other Musings. Set for release on November 19th through the Crown Archetype imprint of Random House, the book comes just 24-hours prior to the release of the second film based on Burgundy's life, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES. Burgundy provided The Rock Father with the following quote via Press Release...

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Earlier this year, I got an out-of-the-blue email from a guy named Shawn Currie. He and his wife had recently launched Lookio Books, a new publisher of custom, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind children's books. In addition to practically being neighbors here in the area far North of Chicago, it turned out that Shawn is also a fellow "Rock Father" - the former keyboardist for The Blank Theory - a band that had a couple of hits back when I was still pushing records with Sam Goody (a lifetime ago). After chatting about mutual friends and shifting focus from music to kids, Shawn let me test-drive the Lookio System. 

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For someone that doesn't have an iPad or tablet, I sure do cover a lot of App-related stuff here on The Rock Father. Why? Because so many of you are rockin' those digital devices with your little ones! If you're an iPad user and are looking for a cool last-minute Mother's Day Gift, the folks at Storypanda have a neat idea: You can make a custom digital storybook with their Apps for FREE through Sunday night. Regularly priced at $1.99 & $2.99, six of their book Apps have been marked to $0. When they hit me with the info on it tonight, they said it was "So Easy a Cat Can Do It." Check out the video below to see how Storypanda works...

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When I was a kid, what was then-known as The Guinness Book of World Records was a big deal. I still remember thumbing through the massive copies that were held in my parent's collection, discovering oddities and being captivated by accomplishments that I could barely imagine in an early-1980s pre-internet world. While I've had a few specialty hardcover editions come through my hands over the years, it's been awhile since I'd checked one out, so when the folks at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS asked if I'd like to take a peek at their Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition, I had to accept the offer. After all, I might be The Rock Father now, but I still have an original NES Power Glove in my garage.

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