Robert McCloskey

Journey Cake, Ho!

September 27, 2020

Journey Cake, Huh?

It seems like fairy tales have a strange fascination with runaway pastries. I understand why Johnny's chasing it: he's poor and hungry, and it's his to begin with. But why are all the animals so fascinated by it? They can barely tell what it is.

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Sometimes poor children have to go make their own lives? Or, Everybody loves pastry.

Time of Wonder

August 9, 2019

Time of wonder, book of boredom.

It just drags. It's not badly written, but like many old books, it's incredibly wordy and just goes on forever. It seems older than a book written in 1957.

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Living on an island is fun.

Make Way for Ducklings

September 21, 2018

If these duck parents would only make up their minds...

This is a bizarre book. Maybe it's more interesting if you live in Boston and actually know where these places are, but I've never actually been to Boston. And you can't expect ducks to be very intelligent, but this pair of ducks seems to be on the low end of the duck intelligence spectrum.

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The people of Boston are nice to animals.

Blueberries for Sal

September 21, 2018

Garumpf! Indeed.

Sal's mother is not nearly as upset as you would expect when she finds a bear in place of her daughter. Isn't she worried that her daughter has encountered a bear, and is possibly mauled? Nope. She just complacently looks for her.

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Bear cubs and human children are similar. They both wander off and like to eat blueberries.