Caldecott Award Honors

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

December 16, 2016
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It's better to be hated than to be trapped forever in an immortal, immobile body.

It's got a very clear message of "the grass is always greener on the other side". Leo Lionni's illustrations made of collages and patterns are really nice to look at, but the story isn't really very interesting or better than books like The Velveteen Rabbit.

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It always feels like other people have a better life than you, but that's not true.

Alphabatics

December 11, 2016
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Intro to ASCII art.

It think rather than a book, it might be better as a series of posters. It's more like an art installation than a book. The artistic transformation is nice. I'm glad I read it, but I don't need to read it again. Check it out from the library.

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None.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

December 19, 2016
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Camp! Grandparents! Fun!

It's nothing too deep, but it's still a good message. The art is fun to look at and interesting to the eye, with word balloons to read and lots of color. It's a pretty realistic portrayal of two boys hanging out together and the kinds of things they would say.

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It's fun to play with your friends.

America's Ethan Allen

December 14, 2016
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TL;DR.

Despite winning a Caldecott Honor, this book is far too long and wordy to read to a child. It's 96 pages long, and the illustrations are mostly in the margins. This is really a novella-length biography, not a picture book. So it's not just wordy, but very long.

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Unknown.

Bambino the Clown

December 3, 2016
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Hey kid, want to come back to my place and see my sea lion?

It's interesting, but definitely not a modern-style kids book. It's not a bad message and wouldn't upset a child, but it's too long. And it's not popular nowadays to like clowns.

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Try to make people happy.

All Around the Town

December 4, 2016
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Well written but terribly dated.

I'd say the quality is comparable to Dr. Seuss's ABCs, but with no nonsense words. Everything's pretty straightforward, with things that kids-- of the time-- would actually encounter. Some things that kids would still encounter. But you know, there's not a lot of organ grinders nowadays.

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None.

Feather Mountain

December 2, 2016
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Why do birds have feathers? This book doesn't know.

There's no moralizing to it, but also no indication of why this happened to the birds. Just that at some point they didn't have feathers, and then they had feathers. Ta-da.

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None.

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