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Anatole

November 15, 2016
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Ode to capitalism.

It presupposes a world where mice are intelligent and humans exist but don't realize that the mice are intelligent, which is kind of a difficult world to live in when you realize that we kill mice for pretty trifling things. But, you know.

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Everybody has some skill of worth.

Hot Day on Abbott Avenue

November 14, 2016
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Hot days make everyone grouchy.

It's a prose poem where the repetition is enough to create parallelism but not too much where it becomes annoying. The diction isn't overly simplistic and the pictures are interesting to look at.

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People get mad at their friends, but then they get over it.

The Princess Knight

October 30, 2016
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Princesses can be knights, too.

Definitely a good message of female empowerment. I'm not sure it would resonate well with boys who read it because of that, but it's more of an answer to traditional fairy tales.

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Girls shouldn't be treated as property.

All Join In

October 26, 2016
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Fun book of noisy poems.

There are a lot of different noises, and I think children would enjoy repeating the noises of the poems. The illustrations are cute. The poems are funny.

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None.

Animalia

October 23, 2016
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Gorgeous, detailed paintings with hidden objects.

I don't think we owned this book as a child and probably checked it out from the library, but I remember spending hours with my mother and sister just trying to see what I could find in all the details, all the hidden little things that are tucked into every corner of the image.

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None.

Any Questions?

October 31, 2016
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A well-written story about writing stories.

I love the quirky illustrations and the story within a story. It's well written. It's interesting.

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How to write a story. Or, anybody can write a story.

11 Experiments That Failed

October 3, 2016
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How to see the world as a scientist.

It's kind of formalizing the experimental method that children go through in their innate curiosity. It's funny. I don't know if children would like it as much as adults, but it might give them an introduction to the scientific method.

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Science is fun. Everyday things can be science.

The Arrival

October 4, 2016
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A new land of possibility and poignancy.

The wordless drawings capture the potential and amazement of moving to a new land, but also the loneliness, isolation, homesickness and difficulty communicating with people.

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Moving is difficult but rewarding.

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