meh

Look!

April 14, 2018
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I needed this book about as much as a hole in the... book.

The general concept is interesting but they didn't do anything interesting with it. There are interesting ways of using a book that was made in this way but this book does not work that way, and frankly I'm disappointed by it.

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Message: 

Stop reading and look at the world around you instead? Or, the world around you is interesting.

Give Please a Chance

April 7, 2018
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Please, stop. Just stop.

It just irritates me. It's an irritating book. It's definitely not "good", but I'm not sure it's a "bad" book: it doesn't try to communicate a bad message. It's just profoundly irritating. So I guess it goes into the mediocre category. I certainly wouldn't read this because it would drive me crazy, but if somebody else is able to ignore that, it's not a terrible message.

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Message: 

Always say please after every request.

Busy Penguins

March 23, 2018
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Boring, boring penguins. What are they snoozing?

I think you kind of have to be a penguin fan going into this. Obviously the syntax is very simple. Every page has exactly two words on it. There's no real information about penguins. There's nothing in here about what they eat, how they raise their young, or the fact that they can't fly or anything like that.

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Message: 

Penguins do lots of things.

Umbrella

February 25, 2018
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The umbrella is the last component of the ghastly ritual.

Every time you can see her face, pretty much all you can see is these solid black eyes, with a little bit of eyelash at the edge. Like this girl has been possessed by demons. I just do not care for the art style of this artist, and the story uses far too many words to tell this completely trivial story.

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Message: 

Umbrellas can only be used on rainy days. Or, umbrellas are awesome.

We'll Paint the Octopus Red

February 17, 2018
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In an octopus's garden, with you.

I'm not really sure what to say. It feels like it's aimed at a very specific audience, namely children who have just had a younger sibling born who has Down syndrome, which is a very small audience. I guess you could give it to a child if you were trying to explain what Down syndrome was. But basically the only thing says is what Down syndrome isn't. It doesn't say what it is.

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Message: 

People with Down syndrome can do everything that anybody else can do.

Turtle in July

February 19, 2018
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Enough bullheads.

Here's the bullheads in spring. Here's the bullheads in summer. Here they are in autumn. Enough. Enough stupid fish. I don't care about the stupid fish.

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Message: 

The activities of animals change over the seasons.

Wild

February 21, 2018
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Take a walk on the wild side.

Maybe there's some kind of metaphor here about cultural assimilation? It's really hard to tell what this author was intending exactly. The only information we get about her in the back of the book is that it's her first book and that she was born in Hawaii. It is pretty, though.

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Message: 

Wild creatures should be left in the wild.

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