When Dads Don't Grow Up

September 15, 2019
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At least they're toilet trained.

Whenever books start down the path of 'it is better to be this type of person than this other type of person,' which this book is very clearly doing, they risk alienating a great deal of people, children and adults alike. I don't like my books to be this judgmental.

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Dads who act like children are awesome.

Time of Wonder

September 8, 2019
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Time of wonder, book of boredom.

It just drags. It's not badly written, but like many old books, it's incredibly wordy and just goes on forever. It seems older than a book written in 1957.

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Living on an island is fun.

Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!

September 1, 2019
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This book! Yuck! Yuck!

It's just not okay for a book to basically trample over a kid's wishes, especially when it's really a simple thing that he's asking for. She needs to find something else that she can do for him, or with him, that is the equivalent to her of kissing that he at least tolerates, if not enjoys. Does he like gentle kisses? Hugs? High-fives?

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Suck it up if you don't like kisses.

The Crocodile and the Dentist

August 18, 2019
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There's a reason zookeepers usually use sedation.

I'm not crazy about this book, but I like the way the idea is presented: both of the characters feeling the same way about each other but being brave or not wanting to get angry. It seems like it would help children understand the concept of empathy, and the idea that 'he's just as scared of you as you are of him.'

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Try to think about others' points of view, and understand how others are feeling.

Giraffe Meets Bird

August 11, 2019
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In the words of War, "Why Can't We Be Friends?"

It seems like it's trying to say that you need to be nice to people for them to like you back, which is a decent message to have. It kind of reminds me of the book "Grumpy Cat" (not to be confused with the internet superstar).

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Even creatures that don't get along at first can learn to appreciate each other.

Frog Goes to Dinner

July 28, 2019
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Pain-in-the-neck frog.

I guess it's just supposed to be funny, but I didn't think it was. I found it rather annoying instead. I don't like trouble for the sake of trouble, or things like pranks.

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Don't take frogs to a fancy restaurant?

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

July 21, 2019
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Ambiguity is fine for adults, but it may or may not work for kids.

Amazon says this is aimed at ages 4+, but this would go right over a preschooler's head, and unfortunately that might mean they would get a message that it's not okay to be scared. Plus a list of scary things that maybe they'll be able to "shoo" away and maybe they won't.

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Don't be afraid of the world. Or, everybody is actually pretending that they're not afraid of the world.

Miles is the Boss of His Body

July 14, 2019
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Good but could have been better.

It definitely provides children with a character to emulate. It's not completely realistic, but I feel like it could have gone further. It's good, but it could have been better.

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Everyone is in charge of their own body, and they shouldn't be forced to allow other people to do things to their body that they don't want to do.

T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur

July 7, 2019
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Pick a lane.

Okay, there's this vegetarian T. Rex, and isn't that weird. Let's all make fun of him. Wait, he left, and now we miss him, so let's not make fun of him anymore. It's almost like vegetarianism is a random choice in this. Like they're trying to use vegetarianism as a metaphor for some other lifestyle choice that I really can't figure out.

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Vegetarianism is good. Or, don't discriminate against people. I really wish it would pick one.

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