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Not a Box

January 15, 2017
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Not a bad story.

Very cute. It's a playful exploration of what you can pretend boxes to be. The line drawings are charming and imaginative, and the plot is true to how children love to play in boxes.

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Imagination is awesome.

Caps for Sale

January 8, 2017
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What are monkeys doing in Europe, anyway?

So he just solves the problem through anger? That's weird. It's kind of strange, because there's no real location for this. He's depicted as being in a town with a church, and houses and such, but there's a bunch of monkeys in the tree.

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You can solve your problems through anger.

Arnie the Doughnut

October 13, 2016
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Intelligent doughnuts and the implications thereof.

I don't think it would upset children. I don't think children would understand the implications of this. Maybe I'm just weird-- no. No. The book is definitely weird. It's not me.

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None. It defies morals.

The Arrival

October 4, 2016
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A new land of possibility and poignancy.

The wordless drawings capture the potential and amazement of moving to a new land, but also the loneliness, isolation, homesickness and difficulty communicating with people.

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Moving is difficult but rewarding.

The Kissing Hand

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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Little raccoon starting school and is scared, so his mother gives him a kiss on his hand to take with him.

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Doing scary things is easier if you remember that your mom loves you.

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