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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A Children's Book About Being Bullied

Posted Dec 10 2016 - 12:34pm
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Don't let the bullies grind you down.

It's not bad advice. It's certainly not saying to appease the bully, which could get people in a lot of trouble. It's just that sometimes kids might need more help than just this book. It makes it sound like solving the problem is easy.

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How to stop being bullied.

Always and Forever

Posted Dec 8 2016 - 12:02pm
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Always remember the good times.

It's a really good depiction of what it's like to lose someone. There's nothing religious to it, nothing existential, just a very relatable depiction of the pain you feel when someone dies.

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You don't have to forget those who died in order to live your life. You can keep the memory of them alive.

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