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Amazing Grace

October 11, 2016

Feelgood story where hard work pays off.

There's no deus ex machina, contrived kind of stuff here like many children's books have, which is great.

Message

If you're good at something, it doesn't matter who you are. You don't have to be a specific kind of person to be good at something.

Time to Get Dressed!

October 9, 2016

Toddlers don't need to see their failures depicted in a book.

It's a little bit silly, but not really all that funny.

Message

None.

Tap Tap Boom Boom

September 25, 2016

Forced, annoying rhymes and not much of a story.

Perhaps the diction is intentionally childlike? But no, then they wouldn't have used the word “congregate.”

Message

None. Just descriptive.

The Berenstain Bears' Sick Days

October 6, 2016

Almost good.

If it had some better illustrations, this one might actually be good.

Message

Taking care of sick kids is hard.

The Berenstain Bears' New Pup

October 2, 2016

Useless and brief story.

Basically just the first day of dog ownership, and you know those kids are going to start slacking off and avoiding their dog-related chores the same way they avoid all their other chores.

Message

Puppies are a lot of work.

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Car Trip

September 24, 2016

Nope, apparently there's no such thing as "too much car trip."

I was really expecting it to be about Mama and Papa bear realizing that sometimes pushing everybody to do too many things on a long car trip is a bad idea, but no.

Message

Car trips are fun.