I Am a Backhoe

Posted Dec 20 2016 - 12:05pm
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Trucks and trucks and trucks and trucks and... MORE TRUCKS

I guess a kid who likes trucks might enjoy the book, but the language is so basic and there's so little of it there, and the art doesn't really make up for it, that it would get annoying to read to a kid repeatedly.

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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

Posted Dec 19 2016 - 12:02pm
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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.

1 is One

Posted Dec 18 2016 - 12:18pm
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Not as good as the game “3 in Three”. That game rocks.

It's not a bad book, but it's boring and very dated. It's not that common for modern children to have experienced sheep in a meadow, or gourds drying. Or writing on a slate.

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Abraham Lincoln

Posted Dec 17 2016 - 12:21pm
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The man. The myth. The legend.

How true is the story that he had three gingerbread men and gave two of them to a demanding little fat boy? It's weird, and I'm not sure what it implies.

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Abraham Lincoln is awesome.

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

Posted Dec 16 2016 - 12:03pm
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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.

America's Ethan Allen

Posted Dec 14 2016 - 12:05pm
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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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All Falling Down

Posted Dec 13 2016 - 12:10pm
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All falling asleep.

Pretty boring book. The pictures are very quaintly 1950s. A man walking a dachshund, wearing a plaid jacket, with a cigar between his two fingers makes me think of Disney cartoons from that era. Everything just looks precious.

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Alphabatics

Posted Dec 11 2016 - 12:47pm
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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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