meh

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

July 21, 2019
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Ambiguity is fine for adults, but it may or may not work for kids.

Amazon says this is aimed at ages 4+, but this would go right over a preschooler's head, and unfortunately that might mean they would get a message that it's not okay to be scared. Plus a list of scary things that maybe they'll be able to "shoo" away and maybe they won't.

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Message: 

Don't be afraid of the world. Or, everybody is actually pretending that they're not afraid of the world.

Frog Goes to Dinner

July 28, 2019
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Pain-in-the-neck frog.

I guess it's just supposed to be funny, but I didn't think it was. I found it rather annoying instead. I don't like trouble for the sake of trouble, or things like pranks.

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Message: 

Don't take frogs to a fancy restaurant?

T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur

July 7, 2019
Subheader: 

Pick a lane.

Okay, there's this vegetarian T. Rex, and isn't that weird. Let's all make fun of him. Wait, he left, and now we miss him, so let's not make fun of him anymore. It's almost like vegetarianism is a random choice in this. Like they're trying to use vegetarianism as a metaphor for some other lifestyle choice that I really can't figure out.

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Message: 

Vegetarianism is good. Or, don't discriminate against people. I really wish it would pick one.

Fruit Bowl

June 9, 2019
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Tomatoes are like the Schrödinger's cat of produce.

I think maybe this book was just an excuse for the author to make a bunch of fruit puns, because they comprise the majority of the text.

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Message: 

Tomatoes are fruit.

Neither

April 28, 2019
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In a world... where there are only birds and rabbits...

It's not bad. It's got a good message, but it doesn't really go anywhere with it. It could have gone so much farther, and it didn't.

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Message: 

Everybody fits in somewhere. There's a place for you.

Not Quite Narwhal

April 22, 2019
Subheader: 

What does it all mean??

I feel like this book is supposed to be metaphorical for something, but I don't get what. Maybe adoption? At first it comes across as maybe being like LGBTQ, but it doesn't go in the right direction for that.

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Message: 

Unicorns and narwhals are similar?

Once a Mouse...

April 7, 2019
Subheader: 

Don't be arrogant, or a hermit will turn you back into a mouse.

Are all tigers prideful? Are they supposed to be that way? Is that what this story is saying, that tigers are all prideful? Was the tiger that attached the mouse/dog prideful? What does that even imply? Or is it saying that you shouldn't be proud of being powerful if you didn't earn your power?

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Message: 

Bigger animals are more prideful and less grateful? Or maybe, don't be proud of what you didn't earn?

Amos and Boris

March 31, 2019
Subheader: 

Somewhere on the good side of "meh."

"I don't have to tell you how these old friends felt at meeting again in this desparate situtation." Okay, technically, Mr. Steig, you don't. But you also didn't have to write this book. You're a writer, for Pete's sake. Write.

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Message: 

Be kind and help others.

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