meh

The Jumblies

November 24, 2019
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All jumblied up.

These illustrations are very interesting. The pig they buy is the color of the sky, clouds and all. There's a giant, realistic looking, Stilton cheese. It's... interesting. It's not great, but it's not bad. It's just goofy.

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Message: 

If you do something impossible, everybody will be jealous. Or, maybe there is no message.

The King Who Rained

December 8, 2019
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Take my wife, please.

The book is just goofy. It doesn't really have much of a story, but it's not bad, especially for a celebrity book. It's well done; it's put together and everything; there's just not much to it.

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Message: 

Language is weird.

Roar Like a Dandelion

November 3, 2019
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Mew like a pussywillow.

The nonsense is more meandering than playful, which doesn't really capture my interest like Quentin Blake's better stuff. I'd put this book on the good side of "meh", but still "meh".

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Message: 

It's enjoyable to be outside in nature.

When Dads Don't Grow Up

September 15, 2019
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At least they're toilet trained.

Whenever books start down the path of 'it is better to be this type of person than this other type of person,' which this book is very clearly doing, they risk alienating a great deal of people, children and adults alike. I don't like my books to be this judgmental.

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Dads who act like children are awesome.

Giraffe Meets Bird

August 11, 2019
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In the words of War, "Why Can't We Be Friends?"

It seems like it's trying to say that you need to be nice to people for them to like you back, which is a decent message to have. It kind of reminds me of the book "Grumpy Cat" (not to be confused with the internet superstar).

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Message: 

Even creatures that don't get along at first can learn to appreciate each other.

Little Love

June 23, 2019
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Try a little tenderness.

It is a fairly didactic book, which I was not expecting. I was actually expecting something sappy instead of something preachy. The main character spends so much time trying and failing to find happiness, that it's not really explained why love was the right answer.

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Fame and beauty are unimportant. What's really important is love.

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