Big Brothers are the Best

January 13, 2017
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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

January 12, 2017
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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

January 11, 2017
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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

January 10, 2017
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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

January 9, 2017
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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

January 8, 2017
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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

January 7, 2017
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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.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

January 5, 2017
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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

January 4, 2017
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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.

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