Gerald McBoing Boing

November 2, 2016
Subheader: 

Good message, poor execution.

I want to like this book, because it has a good message, but I can't get past the way the parents implicitly treat Gerald.

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Message: 

Everybody can have a place that they fit. Something which seems like a flaw at first can be a strength when viewed from the right angle.

Any Questions?

October 31, 2016
Subheader: 

A well-written story about writing stories.

I love the quirky illustrations and the story within a story. It's well written. It's interesting.

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Message: 

How to write a story. Or, anybody can write a story.

The Berenstain Bears: Safe and Sound!

October 31, 2016
Subheader: 

Skateboarding safety gear is radical.

How big is Bear Country, anyway? They took a fricking road trip around it in another book, complete with their own version of Mount Rushmore and Niagara Falls, and now they've got the Official Skate Park in somebody's cow pasture.

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Message: 

Wear your safety gear.

The Princess Knight

October 30, 2016
Subheader: 

Princesses can be knights, too.

Definitely a good message of female empowerment. I'm not sure it would resonate well with boys who read it because of that, but it's more of an answer to traditional fairy tales.

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Message: 

Girls shouldn't be treated as property.

The Little Red Caboose

October 30, 2016
Subheader: 

Respect cabooses. Or something.

All the kids wave at the train, except not the caboose because they're bored by then. And I can't blame them.

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Message: 

People only like you if you are useful. Or, eventually you'll get thanked for the hard work you do.

The Bear Detectives

October 29, 2016
Subheader: 

Papa Bear fails at being a detective.

Wow, that's a terribly useful book. Papa Bear has a dog, for crying out loud, that he seems to be trying to get to sniff the trail. So they are literally following their noses at the beginning and that doesn't lead to the answer.

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Message: 

None.

Art & Max

October 28, 2016
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Strange book about artistic reptiles.

It seems kind of pretentious in a way, like it's supposed to be artistic and I don't really understand where it's going. There's no message. It's just baffling.

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Message: 

None.

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