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Josephine Wants to Dance

June 19, 2018
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Kangaroo power!

Sometimes people do things you don't expect them to do. Sometimes people don't fit into your neat little molds, and that's okay. The world is better for it. The world is enriched by people who don't fit into molds, and that's something I've always appreciated, so that's why I like this book.

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If you know you can do something, don't listen to people telling you that you can't.

The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin

June 9, 2018
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A pretty fun way to learn facts.

He's a very fascinating character. There's definitely a lot of information-- not necessarily much of a story, but kind of an information dump. But if you're trying to get this information across, I can't think of a more interesting way to do it then with the text accompanied by the pictures like this. I really like the style. It works really well.

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Benjamin Franklin was a cool dude.

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau

June 5, 2018
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But who was art?

I'm not sure if there's a real message to it, or if it's just surreal for surrealism's sake. People are just portrayed kind of like forces of nature, and Felix isn't really given any characterization except this weird power. It doesn't go into the source of the power, just the consequences. And there would be really weird consequences to that, wouldn't there?

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Things can be good or bad depending on how you use them.

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

May 30, 2018
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Who's in the what now?

The book seems like it would function as wish fulfillment for a child listener. When mommy says, "It's time to get out of the tub, we have to go eat," maybe the kid wonders, "Why can't we eat in the tub? If I was the boss, we would eat in the tub. You'd listen to me if I was the king."

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Baths can be fun. Or, it would be awesome if you could do whatever you wanted to do, but eventually you probably should face up to reality.

Worm Loves Worm

May 14, 2018
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Good morning, how are you? I'm Dr. Worm. I'm interested in things.

It's not simply an LGBT positive message. It is also showing that just because things are traditional doesn't mean that they're right. And you can keep some aspects of tradition while changing the ones that you don't like. Because the important thing (in this particular case) is that Worm loves Worm.

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Love transcends boundaries. Or, tradition can be fun, but don't let it stifle you.

The Lion and the Unicorn

May 11, 2018
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Things have a way of working out in the end.

So, yeah. It's well written. It's well drawn. I would say it's for older audiences, not for little kids, due to its subject matter and length. It deals with everything in a very respectful manner.

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Even if you're going through tough times, you'll get through it okay. Everything will be better in the future.

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas

April 24, 2018
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More like vehi-cools, amirite?

The mad science-style engineering (with entire vehicles designed and assembled within a few days) is acceptable, since you're working with elves and magic. The creativity is really cool, even though it's not necessarily rewarded in the expected manner. Everyone just enjoys the process and results. I think they avoided the idea of the old ways being more comfortable and not to avoid the new, and the message ends up being more like, "Creativity is awesome."

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Creativity is awesome.

Pandora

April 22, 2018
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A beautifully dreamlike book.

Somehow I missed the fable part of it, because a fable usually has a moral. There's a stunning beauty to the illustrations, and a subtle message about helping other people, working together, and the power of nature. It's vague but positive.

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Be kind to others.

One Day, The End.: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories

April 20, 2018
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Once upon a time, I wrote a review. I lived happily ever after.

It's a very playful, imaginative book, and you know most of the stuff that happens is the kind of thing that might happen to a young girl going through her day or in the different parts of her life. I really like how the author and illustrator team worked together here, and I'd love to see some behind-the-scenes information on how they did it! What did the author tell the illustrator beyond the words on the page? I really enjoyed this book.

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So much more happens in a story beyond the words.

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