Fortune Cookies

Posted Dec 3 2016 - 12:04pm
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Fortune cookies != magic.

It makes it seem like fortune cookies are real, but it doesn't explicitly say that. Instead of saying her fortune came true, it just says, "And guess what?" But the message basically boils down to fortune cookies being real.

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Fortune cookies are real, as far as I can tell.

Feather Mountain

Posted Dec 2 2016 - 11:13pm
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Why do birds have feathers? This book doesn't know.

There's no moralizing to it, but also no indication of why this happened to the birds. Just that at some point they didn't have feathers, and then they had feathers. Ta-da.

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None.

Country Fair

Posted Dec 2 2016 - 12:07pm
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Watching the text play across the page.

There's not a lot to it, but it doesn't seem like it's trying to be more than it is. It kind of has a dreamlike quality to it, as the words swirl around the pages, and the images are almost like sketches rather than full-on realism.

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None.

Dance

Posted Dec 1 2016 - 11:04pm
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Hey, Mom! Look at me! I'm dancing!

The text kind of seems like something a little kid would say, and that's probably what he's going for as an author. But since it's all pictures of him, it makes it seem a lot more egotistical than it has to be.

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Message: 

Dancing is awesome.

Is This a Baby Dinosaur?

Posted Dec 1 2016 - 12:03pm
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Is that a sheep? Nope! It's a cloud! They're totally different!

I wanted to like it, but it ended up being formulaic and irritating. The whole thing is either taking pictures of common things from an unexpected angle or pictures of uncommon things and saying, "Hey! This looks kind of like something totally different! But it's not! Psych!"

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Message: 

Sometimes things look like other things.

How to Catch an Elephant

Posted Nov 30 2016 - 11:05pm
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Fun with optics! Or something!

This is the weirdest, most surreal book. After some antics with cake and raisins, you're supposed to look through the telescope backwards so the elephant is tiny, and then pick it up with the tweezers. And that's it. Okay...? It's basically a long, drawn-out illustration of a surreal joke.

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None.

Little Clam

Posted Nov 30 2016 - 12:02pm
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Teenage mutant ninja... clams.

Basically, the clam is in trouble, doesn't listen to anybody else, and then suddenly develops supernatural powers to get himself out of the situation. If that's not a deus ex machina, I don't know what is. But everybody's okay! Nobody dies!

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Don't worry about listening when you're in danger, because everything will work out okay.

Fish in the Air

Posted Nov 29 2016 - 11:04pm
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Is it racist to say that Chinese people fly kites?

You would think that he would speak in perfect English, because it takes place in China, and they certainly wouldn't be speaking to each other in English. That's kind of a weird convention, but I'm not sure whether it's racist. It's just weird.

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None.

Gillespie and the Guards

Posted Nov 29 2016 - 12:07pm
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The bicycle thief joke, but about wagons.

It's kind of an old story, but personalized in this version. Strangely, in a book about seeing small details, there's a couple of typos. There's not much to it.

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Message: 

Don't be stuck up. Or, anyone can be fooled.

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