Not a Box

Posted Jan 15 2017 - 12:05pm
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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.

You Get What You Get

Posted Jan 14 2017 - 12:10pm
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At least the author can't complain about my review. She gets what she gets.

So, yeah. Magical solution to an actual real problem. That I really have. I'm pretty sure if I told my child, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit," (he's almost three) he would throw a fit. And it's about as condescending as "Because I said so." Who gets to decide "what you get"?

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You get what you get and you don't throw a fit.

Big Brothers are the Best

Posted Jan 13 2017 - 12:58pm
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Simple book about big brothers and new babies.

It's a list of things that big brothers can do that babies can't do. So even though the baby might get more attention sometimes, the parents still spend time with just the big brother. Your parents aren't going to forget about you or love you less when they have a baby.

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Babies may need more attention, but big brothers get more perks.

The Night Dad Went to Jail

Posted Jan 12 2017 - 3:03pm
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Tough topic, but something some kids have to deal with.

It's an unpleasant topic, but it's definitely something that there are kids going through who need help coming to terms with it. I've seen this book in lists of "Bad Children's Books," like, ha ha, parents going to jail, but I think it treats the subject in a very respectful manner.

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It's okay to feel upset that your parent is going to jail, and it's not your fault.

The Three Pigs

Posted Jan 11 2017 - 12:13pm
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I almost feel sorry for the wolf.

It's cute. I guess it really has the message of "Don't let yourself get boxed in by the story." "Don't kowtow to fate." Maybe that's reading too much into it, and it doesn't have a message at all, but that's the message I see in it. Which is a good message.

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Don't let the outside world tell you who to be.

Russell the Sheep

Posted Jan 10 2017 - 12:11pm
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Clever illustrations, not much substance.

Not really a very interesting story. It's got cute pictures. It's kind of silly. But I'm not that impressed with the writing. There's definitely no message. It's just a very strange book and not very useful.

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None.

The Empty Pot

Posted Jan 9 2017 - 12:34pm
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Doesn't give the best impression of Chinese people. Maybe some were too embarrassed to come?

Ping is the only one who brought an empty pot, so he's the only honest child in the entirety of China, so he's going to be the emperor.

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Adults will lie to you in order to trick you into being honest to them.

Caps for Sale

Posted Jan 8 2017 - 12:36pm
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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.

Infinity and Me

Posted Jan 7 2017 - 12:06pm
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Philosophical and mathematical exploration for children.

It's a good introduction to the concept of infinity and mathematics, especially the fact that it's hard for pretty much everybody to understand. The art is really engaging as well.

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Infinity is complicated but interesting.

A Day's Work

Posted Jan 6 2017 - 12:35pm
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Good message, well written.

The boy is humbled by the quiet integrity of his grandfather and learns his lesson in a more subtle, realistic way than a lot of books with the same moral.

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Don't lie. Be honest.

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