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Gorilla! Gorilla!

May 8, 2018
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But in reality, gorillas actually are dangerous.

You would think that sentient prey animals would be more aware of the different species that dwell in their vicinity, which ones are dangerous, and which aren't. Is she also afraid of parrots? Large frogs? Seriously, if there's a gorilla following you all around the freaking world but maybe you should try to figure out why.

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Big, scary things just want to be your friend.

Mystery Bottle

May 2, 2018
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I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map...

Maybe the real story is that the grandfather sent a map, and the journey is metaphorical? It kind of makes me think that it's a fable that the author wrote for her son and her family, and then she thought it was really good so she published it. The art is fascinating and in a nice style. I'm not that impressed by the story because it's almost too personal for me to care about, but it's cute anyhow.

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Family is important even if they're far away.

Duck's Key Where Can it be?

April 30, 2018
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Froggies be crazy, yo.

I can't figure out why this frog is just tormenting this duck. Did he do something to his parents or something like that? Is he responsible for some kind of embarrassment in the past? It's not just that he's annoying the crap out of him. He never even ends up revealing that he was the one that put Duck through this, and Duck just ends up feeling like he solved the problem on his own. It's just bizarre.

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Message: 

When you can't find something, it's probably being hidden from you for no apparent reason by a small frog.

Hosie's Alphabet

April 28, 2018
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Unusual is not necessarily good.

This is a weird book. I guess it's for people who are fans of the illustrator, Leonard Baskin. He has a very distinctive style and it's different from most other children's books.

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None, just an alphabet book.

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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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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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.

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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The activities of animals change over the seasons.

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