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Arnie the Doughnut

October 13, 2016
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Intelligent doughnuts and the implications thereof.

I don't think it would upset children. I don't think children would understand the implications of this. Maybe I'm just weird-- no. No. The book is definitely weird. It's not me.

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None. It defies morals.

Albert the Bear (AKA Albert Le Blanc)

October 18, 2016
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Toys can be sad too. Or not.

Instead of just complaining to the bear that he looks sad, they actually try to cheer him up. They're clearly all well-meaning about it.

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People aren't always sad even if they look sad. Or, don't jump to conclusions based on how someone looks.

Adventures in Ancient China

October 17, 2016
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Ancient China is a terrible place.

It's kind of like the adventure is thrown in for the sake of adventure. There's no character development, there's no real interesting story line, it's just them fleeing constantly.

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Ancient China is interesting. Or, don't open magic books.

America: A Patriotic Primer

October 15, 2016
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Jingoistic nonsense.

It's not going to teach anybody the alphabet, and it's not really interesting. I mean, the things it talks about are important, but there is just so much text crammed onto every page in little, tiny locations.

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America is the best. America is awesome.

17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore

October 15, 2016
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Pretending random things children do are planned.

It's a little bit humorous to see it set off as if she had considered the implications ahead of time and came to that decision, but it doesn't work as well as the followup book, 11 Experiments That Failed.

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None.

The Bear Detectives

October 29, 2016
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Papa Bear fails at being a detective.

Wow, that's a terribly useful book. Papa Bear has a dog, for crying out loud, that he seems to be trying to get to sniff the trail. So they are literally following their noses at the beginning and that doesn't lead to the answer.

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None.

Art & Max

October 28, 2016
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Strange book about artistic reptiles.

It seems kind of pretentious in a way, like it's supposed to be artistic and I don't really understand where it's going. There's no message. It's just baffling.

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None.

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