Maurice Sendak

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue

August 24, 2018
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As the title of another book says, children are delicious.

It's just goofy in a way that makes me think of "A Very Special House" (also illustrated by Maurice Sendak). It parodies other moralizing stories where the child is a brat from the beginning and gets his comeuppance, realizing that maybe he should be nicer to people.

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It's important to care about some things.

Outside Over There

July 13, 2018
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These goblins and their weddings, amirite?

I really liked the relationship--the tenderness and compassion--from the older sister to the younger sister. Dealing with babies is hard. The mother's clearly mentally checked-out already.

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Take responsibility for your actions.

What Do You Say, Dear?

November 3, 2017
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I have changed my mind on this.

I remembered really liking this book when I read it almost a year ago. But now that I look at it again, I'm frankly disappointed by the gender breakdown of the situations. The boy character gets to receive a pet baby elephant, rescue a princess from a dragon, portray a cowboy, be bitten by a dinosaur, be the groom at a wedding, attend the princess's ball, visit London to dine with the Queen, fly an airplane to visit the Duchess, and invite all his friends over for a party. The girl character gets to pick flowers, be rescued, be a nurse, go shopping, be the bride in a wedding, be a Princess, be a Queen, be a Duchess, and be captured.

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Be polite.

Little Bear's Visit

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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Sweet. Stories about little bear visiting his grandparents and the stories they tell him about his mother and a robin and a goblin whose shoes follow him. Then he gets sleepy.

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None.

Where the Wild Things Are

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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Max angers his parents, then runs away to join the wild things. Then he sails back home and his supper is waiting for him.

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Your parents love you and you love them, even if you are mad at each other.

Let's Be Enemies

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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Cute. Two boys used to be best friends, but now one boy is mad at the other one because he always wants to be the boss and wants to be enemies. But they can't stay enemies for long and leave as friends. Shows that you can sometimes get mad at your friends and it's okay.

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Sometimes you can get mad at your friends and it's okay.

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