meh

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

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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Wild creatures should be left in the wild.

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

The Mud Pony

February 15, 2018
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Pony ex machina.

There was no reason for him to believe that the pony would help him. So he was just basically playing with a toy that he made himself and then the toy became real, Velveteen-Rabbit-style. Unless there's some kind of tradition of making ponies out of mud and treating them as if they're real, and it does not imply that there is.

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Treat inanimate objects with respect and the forces of nature will give you magical powers.

The Typewriter

February 13, 2018
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"Oh my god, a typewriter! I've never seen one of those before! This is the best day of my life!"

The message is clearly about the power of imagination. I don't know how a story this inventive and fantastical and unique is executed with this much cliche. It just ends up being so trite. It's pretty. It's nice to look at. But that's strictly because the guy's a good artist.

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Imagination is powerful.

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

February 1, 2018
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A horse is a horse, of course, of course, except if it used to be an Indian girl.

It falls kind of in the low end of "meh." I'd kind of be annoyed if people were reading this to my kids, but I wouldn't stop them. I don't think that children actually get the idea that they should run away and live with horses.

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Respect animals?

The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth

February 3, 2018
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I wanna rock and, erm, rock, all night.

I think it's obvious that school buses don't randomly start spinning. Nobody needs to state that. It's the more bizarre things, the things that the kids are doing that are clearly dangerous, rather than the weird and frivolous happenings that they need to be drawing attention to.

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Kids need to learn about rocks and the layers of the earth.

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