meh

The King Who Rained

December 8, 2019
Subheader: 

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
Subheader: 

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.

Time of Wonder

September 8, 2019
Subheader: 

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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Message: 

Living on an island is fun.

When Dads Don't Grow Up

September 15, 2019
Subheader: 

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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Message: 

Dads who act like children are awesome.

Giraffe Meets Bird

August 11, 2019
Subheader: 

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
Subheader: 

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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Message: 

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

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

July 21, 2019
Subheader: 

Ambiguity is fine for adults, but it may or may not work for kids.

Amazon says this is aimed at ages 4+, but this would go right over a preschooler's head, and unfortunately that might mean they would get a message that it's not okay to be scared. Plus a list of scary things that maybe they'll be able to "shoo" away and maybe they won't.

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Message: 

Don't be afraid of the world. Or, everybody is actually pretending that they're not afraid of the world.

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