Peppe the Lamplighter

March 2, 2017

No son of mine will be helping people get home in the dark!

Sometimes grownups are stubborn, but sometimes they realize that they made the wrong decision and change their minds. It's a difficult thing for everybody involved, but it does happen and it's good.


Don't be ashamed of what you do. As long as you're helping people, you have something to be proud of.

It's Okay to Be Different

March 6, 2017

I'm okay, you're okay. And that's okay.

I think it's important to put in weird, silly things like that, because everybody has those weird, silly things about themselves that they might feel ashamed about, but saying that it's okay helps readers generalize to themselves.


It's okay to be different.

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

March 4, 2017

Feelings... nothing more than feelings...

The book is written in prose poetry, and the language is very supportive of all feelings being acceptable as long as nobody gets hurt. It's okay to enjoy time to yourself as well as enjoying being with others. Sometimes your family members are kind of jerky to you, especially siblings, but they still love you anyway.


Feelings are normal and natural.

Sleep Like a Tiger

February 20, 2017

That's a pretty big catnap.

Of course, she falls asleep, but it's very nice how the parents give her the option as long as she stays in bed. Which is a reasonable thing to do for kids, and matches well with my parenting style. It's very well written and doesn't have a strong message but the message it has is good.


Everything in the world sleeps.

The Dark

February 4, 2017

Who are you in the dark?

It's basically an interesting personification of the dark as something to be respected but not feared. A force of nature, really. It's personified as something which is helpful, nice, and a little bit misunderstood. Not as scary as it first seems.


Respect darkness but don't fear it.

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

February 1, 2017

Deducing the whole from the smallest fragment.

The creative genius of this man and his time, and how he ran into problems but persevered beyond that, makes for a fascinating book. All the little details of model construction and the beautiful pictures are informative as well as interesting.


Dinosaurs are awesome, and science is awesome.


January 17, 2017

Tuesday... afternoon...

It's silly and rather surreal, with pretty pictures. There's not much to it beyond a lovely flight of imagination, and an implication that we're witnessing the beginnings of something truly unusual.



Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

January 18, 2017

I don't want to walk around in circles walk around in circles walk around in...

It's kind of unusual to be fascinated by spirals, or any shape for that matter. Spirals don't really do anything by themselves, as it's more what is spiraling and why that is the important thing. But getting kids to recognize the pattern of their existence is the first step.


Spirals are awesome.

Not a Box

January 15, 2017

Not a bad story.

Very cute. It's a playful exploration of what you can pretend boxes to be. The line drawings are charming and imaginative, and the plot is true to how children love to play in boxes.


Imagination is awesome.

A Day's Work

January 6, 2017

Good message, well written.

The boy is humbled by the quiet integrity of his grandfather and learns his lesson in a more subtle, realistic way than a lot of books with the same moral.


Don't lie. Be honest.