The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party

October 12, 2016
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Went in one ear and out the other.

Mama Bear doesn't give Sister any actual advice or think about what kinds of situations she could get into, only tells her that she has "responsibility." What that responsibility is, is never mentioned. Is this like Spider-man? Is she supposed to catch criminals?

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You should behave yourself at a slumber party if your mother mentions the word “responsibility” without explaining what she means.

Amazing Grace

October 11, 2016
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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.

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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.

ABC

October 10, 2016
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Idiosyncratic ABC book featuring mostly animals.

You would think that he could have thought of some kind of animal for V. This is just weird. It's a weird book. It's kind of arty. I don't know why it won a medal.

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Alphabet book.

Garth Pig and the Ice Cream Lady

October 9, 2016
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Probably better than bacon-flavored ice cream.

It's just kind of a standard fairy tale type of story. The only reason to have the brothers and sisters coming to the rescue was to have the scene with the wolf riding the out of control ten-seater bicycle.

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Don't get into a stranger's van, even if they're selling ice cream.

Amber Waiting

October 8, 2016
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Sad book that seems more for parents.

I don't know who it's for. It certainly wouldn't make the kids feel any better about waiting.

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Don't make your kids wait after school.

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