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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.

Lucía the Luchadora

April 16, 2018
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Could give Jack Black a run for his money.

I really like the message of equality and female empowerment, and how it doesn't say that girls are better than boys, just not to discriminate against people because they're girls. As females, if it takes us hiding who we are for people to notice us, then maybe we need to do that temporarily, but it's important to also show who you truly are to help others. I really enjoyed the book.

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Girls can be whatever they want to be.

Lily's Cat Mask

April 11, 2018
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If she gets the rest of the outfit, she could be a superhero.

Like I said, what's there is good. I really enjoy the interaction between Lily and her father and the way that she uses the mask to hide in circumstances that would be definitely uncomfortable for people who have moderate social anxiety (or shyness, as the book calls it). A lot of other reviewers seem to really like this book. I think maybe they're seeing something I'm not, because I wouldn't say it was groundbreaking or amazing, but it's a good book.

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Sometimes people are shy? You can't wear masks in school?

Life

April 9, 2018
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Profoundly moving in a positive direction.

Wow, this book was really cool. It's a very hopeful book, in a very realistic way. It just talks about how life starts small and grows, and that different animals like different things because anywhere in the world there's always something to love and something to protect. There's always something beautiful somewhere. Even if you're going through a dark stretch in life, just know that everything is changing all the time.

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Everything keeps changing, life keeps growing, and that's good.

La La La: A Story of Hope

April 5, 2018
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Not to be confused with "Moo, Baa, La La La."

It's pretty. I can see why people like it. It's simple and there's a sparse quality to it, despite the richness of illustrations. Not very much is happening, but it uses its several pages to give a lot of detail about how the main character is feeling. The emotions and the body language that she has are very critical to telling the story.

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Don't give up, you're not alone.

Battle Bunny

April 3, 2018
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I bet a lot of creative kids actually do this, too.

I love this book. It's just awesome. Quite often, I've been looking forward to a book based on the title and concept, only to be disappointed by the execution, but this book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed what they did with this book.

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Make the most of what you've got.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

March 27, 2018
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When you're a victim of discrimination, banging on the drums all day is a kind of work.

It's inspired by the true story of a Chinese-African Cuban girl, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, from 1932. The story is that a girl wants to play the drums, but where she lives, people believe that only boys should play drums. So she dreams about it and listens to the music and imagines herself playing music for a long time, and then eventually she just decides she's gonna play the drums and she plays them.

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Don't give up on your dreams just because people say that they're unreasonable.

The Secret Life of Squirrels

February 11, 2018
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For a "secret" life, you have to admit it's pretty mundane.

It's definitely a unique book. You don't see a lot of pictures of live animals in different poses. This is the kind of thing that would normally be illustrated, but she took pictures and made a story out of what she could make pictures of. I really think that she would benefit from collaborating with somebody who could write well and come up with ideas for her to do.

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Everything's better with a friend.

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