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October 26, 2016

Fun book of noisy poems.

There are a lot of different noises, and I think children would enjoy repeating the noises of the poems. The illustrations are cute. The poems are funny.

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None.

Ape

October 26, 2016

Facts about apes with nice pictures.

There's no story. It's just a bunch of facts. The pictures are kind of cool, but there's nothing to follow.

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Apes are awesome and deserve to be protected.

Anno's Alphabet

October 1, 2016

The alphabet is just an illusion.

It's pretty to look at, but not interesting enough to read more than once.

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Teaches the alphabet.

Alphabeasts

September 28, 2016

Beautiful yet confusing alphabet book.

The bat, for example, is carrying a hammer with his feet. I'm not sure why. "Hammer" doesn't start with B. He doesn't look like he's about to use the hammer for anything. Maybe it's supposed to be a "ball-peen hammer"?

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Teaches the alphabet and animals.

Bears on Wheels

September 27, 2016

Boring book literally about bears being on wheels.

A lot less interesting than it sounds. Very simple. Nothing happens. There's no story.

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Teaches numbers. Counting, perhaps.

11 Experiments That Failed

October 3, 2016

How to see the world as a scientist.

It's kind of formalizing the experimental method that children go through in their innate curiosity. It's funny. I don't know if children would like it as much as adults, but it might give them an introduction to the scientific method.

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Science is fun. Everyday things can be science.

The Bears' Picnic

October 2, 2016

Papa Bear fails at being entertaining.

This is Papa Bear being an idiot again. It's really not that interesting to watch Papa Bear fail repeatedly.

Message

Picnics are terrible.

The Arrival

October 4, 2016

A new land of possibility and poignancy.

The wordless drawings capture the potential and amazement of moving to a new land, but also the loneliness, isolation, homesickness and difficulty communicating with people.

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Moving is difficult but rewarding.

Ancient Thunder

October 7, 2016

Pretty to look at, not much substance.

It's very metaphorical, and kind of spiritual. "Beating the earth drum."

Message

Horses are cool.

The Bear Scouts

October 7, 2016

Don't go camping with idiots.

He gets very badly hurt and comes home, and then the Bear Scouts say, "At least he showed us what not to do. Ha ha ha ha ha ha." The end. I don't even know what the message is. "Papa Bear is an idiot," maybe.

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Don't take advice from the inexperienced.