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Baby Radar

November 17, 2016
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Cute story from toddler's perspective.

It's just fun. There's nothing really to it, and no real point. But it captures the feel, at least as far as an outsider can, of the mind of a young child who is walking but not yet speaking in complete sentences.

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Bittle

November 3, 2016
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Mom and Dad get a human baby.

It's a recognition of the important role that pets play in people's lives, understanding that just as it's difficult for children to accept new siblings, it's also difficult for the pets to accept it.

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Babies are a big change, but a positive one.

Anatole

November 15, 2016
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Ode to capitalism.

It presupposes a world where mice are intelligent and humans exist but don't realize that the mice are intelligent, which is kind of a difficult world to live in when you realize that we kill mice for pretty trifling things. But, you know.

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Everybody has some skill of worth.

Hot Day on Abbott Avenue

November 14, 2016
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Hot days make everyone grouchy.

It's a prose poem where the repetition is enough to create parallelism but not too much where it becomes annoying. The diction isn't overly simplistic and the pictures are interesting to look at.

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People get mad at their friends, but then they get over it.

The Princess Knight

October 30, 2016
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Princesses can be knights, too.

Definitely a good message of female empowerment. I'm not sure it would resonate well with boys who read it because of that, but it's more of an answer to traditional fairy tales.

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Girls shouldn't be treated as property.

Animalia

October 23, 2016
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Gorgeous, detailed paintings with hidden objects.

I don't think we owned this book as a child and probably checked it out from the library, but I remember spending hours with my mother and sister just trying to see what I could find in all the details, all the hidden little things that are tucked into every corner of the image.

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