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Winter

October 24, 2017

Doesn't overreach itself.

The language is pretty, but not ornamental, and that's one of the reasons it's so short. It's not great, but it's decent. There's just not much to it.

Message

None.

Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?

October 14, 2017

But if it's such a great pet, why is it being sold cheap?

It's really cute. I would think that most children wouldn't get the emotional bits and would just think it was a funny book about having a rhinoceros for a pet. And it is funny. There's definitely no bad message to this. I don't think a child would actually get the impression from this that rhinoceroses make good pets. It's more or less a book of imagination, whimsy, and nonsense, and Shel Silverstein is a master of all three.

Message

None.

My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things

October 18, 2017

Maybe there aren't any ghosts, but there definitely are things.

I guess the lack of realism in the drawings of the monsters is what made this not as scary to me as a child, and that monsters were not really what I worried about. The realism of the story and the humanizing of the mother are really good.

Message

Parents are human, too, but they really love you and want what's best for you.

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises!

October 12, 2017

Onomatopoetic poetry.

There's nothing really to it. It's enjoyable and light. My kids enjoy making funny noises. Silly things are attractive to children. The imaginative, whimsical aspects of this book are great. There's no real message to it, but it might encourage children to use their imagination and be more descriptive of things.

Message

None.

Many Moons

October 4, 2017

When King Daddy promises the moon, he delivers.

It's kind of bad in that it turns out that none of them are really correct about the moon. It is super big and super far away, and they couldn't have really gotten it for him, but I think the real message is that everybody's opinion is equally important, even children.

Message

Try to understand things from others' point of view.

How I Learned Geography

October 6, 2017

Don't know much about geography...

It's an autobiographical story. The author says he was about 4 or 5 when the map was first bought, and eventually he became a well-respected children's illustrator and writer.

Message

Even a small thing can change your life and spark your passion.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

May 6, 2017

“Ladies and Gentlemen: The Beekles!”

It speaks to the shy little introvert in everyone, and talks about having the courage to do things that are difficult and that nobody else has ever done.

Message

Everybody deserves to have a friend.

Moon Plane

May 10, 2017

Fly me to the moon...

It's sweet, simple, and gentle. It's definitely good for children who are into airplanes. It's an imaginative journey.

Message

Airplanes are awesome.

Dragon Dancing

May 12, 2017

The best thing about dragons is nobody can tell you you're making them look wrong.

It's just kids having fun together and making something bigger than they are and playing with it, and having fun with their imaginations.

Message

Dragons are awesome.

The Emperor and the Kite

May 14, 2017

Oh, go fly a kite!

It shows that even small people who are clever can be helpful. And small people are presumably the audience of this book.

Message

Loyalty and tenacity will be rewarded.