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The Berenstain Bears' Baby Easter Bunny

November 16, 2016

Tedious lift-the-flap book.

It's just supposed to be a lift-the-flap book, but I think by the time the kids are old enough to lift the flaps without just tearing them to shreds, they're kind of beyond this. Maybe most kids aren't as destructive as mine was.

Message

Baby animals are born in the spring.

A Ball for Daisy

November 16, 2016

Just a dog and her ball.

It's a sweet, wordless book. The illustrations are incredibly good at getting across the emotions of the dog.

Message

Helping others makes them feel good.

17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore

October 15, 2016

Pretending random things children do are planned.

It's a little bit humorous to see it set off as if she had considered the implications ahead of time and came to that decision, but it doesn't work as well as the followup book, 11 Experiments That Failed.

Message

None.

America: A Patriotic Primer

October 15, 2016

Jingoistic nonsense.

It's not going to teach anybody the alphabet, and it's not really interesting. I mean, the things it talks about are important, but there is just so much text crammed onto every page in little, tiny locations.

Message

America is the best. America is awesome.

The Angry Moon

October 16, 2016

A weird legend without a point.

Nothing happens at the end. Nothing changes. They don't get anything from their experience except a story to tell.

Message

None.

Adventures in Ancient China

October 17, 2016

Ancient China is a terrible place.

It's kind of like the adventure is thrown in for the sake of adventure. There's no character development, there's no real interesting story line, it's just them fleeing constantly.

Message

Ancient China is interesting. Or, don't open magic books.

Albert the Bear (AKA Albert Le Blanc)

October 18, 2016

Toys can be sad too. Or not.

Instead of just complaining to the bear that he looks sad, they actually try to cheer him up. They're clearly all well-meaning about it.

Message

People aren't always sad even if they look sad. Or, don't jump to conclusions based on how someone looks.

The Berenstain Bears and Baby Makes Five

October 20, 2016

Don't do this to your kids.

What?! This isn't... bad... it's just stupid. So there's a realistic problem, and a stupid resolution to it. It's not harmful, but it's not helpful.

Message

Babies take a lot of attention.

Arnie the Doughnut

October 13, 2016

Intelligent doughnuts and the implications thereof.

I don't think it would upset children. I don't think children would understand the implications of this. Maybe I'm just weird-- no. No. The book is definitely weird. It's not me.

Message

None. It defies morals.