Millions of Cats

November 17, 2019
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Any more than two, and you're the Crazy Cat Person.

Basically, that cat has low self-esteem (as a cat owner, I can tell you that's pretty rare) and decided that he was definitely not the prettiest, so he didn't bother fighting and nobody fought him.

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People will love you if you're ugly. Or, if you're ugly, no one will want to eat you.

Roar Like a Dandelion

November 3, 2019
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Mew like a pussywillow.

The nonsense is more meandering than playful, which doesn't really capture my interest like Quentin Blake's better stuff. I'd put this book on the good side of "meh", but still "meh".

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Message: 

It's enjoyable to be outside in nature.

Don't Drink the Pink

October 13, 2019
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All good things must come to an end.

It's rare to get that kind of honesty in a children's book, and it makes the story about the life that Madeline and her Grandpa shared.

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Spending time with your Grandfather is fun. Or, death is a part of life, but it's not the only part.

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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Message: 

Suck it up if you don't like kisses.

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