David Shannon

The Rough-Face Girl

January 20, 2019
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Mildly interesting.

It's the standard 'older siblings mean to younger sibling, younger sibling wins in the end' story that's all over the world, like Cinderella from Europe or Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters from Africa. It's unclear why RFG's father lets her sisters treat her so terribly. And in Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, at least the younger daughter gets tested on her personality, and not her weird ability to see invisible things. As usual, the younger girl gets rewarded by marrying the best guy because that's what girls want.

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Don't be haughty and don't lie to people? Or, make sure you can see invisible things.

A Bad Case of Stripes

November 21, 2016
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Great illustrations, obtrusive message.

It's a good message, and the illustrations are really captivating, but the story is very didactic. The message is very clearly "be yourself", and it hits you over the head with that.

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Be yourself.