The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Posted Jan 5 2017 - 12:10pm
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And for my next trick, I'll climb the Statue of Liberty with my bare hands!

I'm not really sure what the message is. I think it's trying to say that the twin towers, although they are gone, have this happy memory in addition to their sad destruction. But an alternate message is really, "It's okay to do illegal things as long as nobody gets hurt and they're highly entertaining."

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Sad events shouldn't make us forget the happy memories. Or, trespassing is fun!

Spicy Hot Colors: Colores Picantes

Posted Jan 4 2017 - 12:23pm
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As a commercial once said, “Yo hablo escargot! I'm bilateral.”

I don't know whether people from that culture would think it was sweet, in kind of a quaint way, that they were thought of by only these things, or would be offended. I am not Hispanic, but living in southern California my whole life, I've been exposed to it somewhat, and there's a lot more to it than these trivial things.

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None.

Jeremy Draws a Monster

Posted Jan 3 2017 - 12:46pm
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I wish all unwanted guests were this easy to get rid of.

I don't get it. Is it supposed to be a metaphor for overcoming social anxiety? I have no idea. It's just weird. I can't get a message out of it. It's certainly not bad, it's just bizarre. It doesn't really have a point. It's just got magic in it for no apparent reason.

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None.

Mustache Baby

Posted Jan 2 2017 - 12:28pm
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And the question I... “mustache”... is, “Why?” (I'm so sorry.)

But it doesn't come across as realistic, so it's not quite a bad book. It's clearly trying to be silly. It's almost like it's a parody, without really having a clear reference point of what it's a parody of. But I'm not sure prejudice is a topic to be silly about.

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It's like they're saying that it's okay to discriminate against people with certain mustaches, because your mustache will change to fit your personality.

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

Posted Jan 1 2017 - 2:14pm
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Spontaneous parade, everybody! Woo!!

A parade is awfully slow. That doesn't seem the right way to go with this. And people don't necessarily all want to go to the same place. So it's solved with a really weird solution. I wouldn't think that anybody in the cars would be happy about being in a parade, because they were trying to go somewhere.

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Take turns.

The Amazing Bone

Posted Dec 29 2016 - 12:05pm
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Bones are people-- er, pigs-- too.

So, yeah. Very deus ex machina ending there, coming out of nowhere. We have a bone and talking animals, and the bone is magic and can imitate sounds, and all of a sudden it can cast spells. But it doesn't know how it knows the spells, or what spells it knows. It apparently only casts them in times of great distress.

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Be nice to magic talking bones and they'll be nice back.

Edgar's Second Word

Posted Dec 28 2016 - 12:02pm
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Come on, baby! Get with the program!

I can really identify with this. As the mother of two little boys, one of whom is not yet talking, and the other of whom doesn't use complete sentences, I'm still waiting for some of this. For conversations. For him to ask, "Why?" It's happening. It's happening slowly. And every step along the way is precious, but still frustrating occasionally.

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Be patient with babies. It'll pay off.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Posted Dec 27 2016 - 1:22pm
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You would think he would be too short to see over the wheel anyway.

It's fun because it's interactive, but the only problem is, if you have a contrarian kid who decides to say yes, it doesn't work. Other than that, it's fun, and as the book says, it allows the little kid to say "no" and be more or less rewarded for it, which is kind of good because toddlers like to say "no" to many things despite not being in control.

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None.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Posted Dec 26 2016 - 12:15pm
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Sometimes life hands you lemons.

Alexander's problems are real things that kids deal with, and mostly things that everybody deals with. Everybody has bad days, and it's something that kids could identify with and see that they're not alone. They'd be able to say, "I'm having a bad day just like Alexander."

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Everybody has bad days sometimes.

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