I can't accuse her of trying too hard.

It's kind of like The Ugly Duckling, except that the duck finds her way home before she turns into an adult, and she doesn't get horrendously abused.


Wood ducks are different from chickens.

The biggest wonder: Why?

It comes across like somebody made this character, Arthur the dog, and wanted to illustrate him in a bunch of locations.


Traveling is educational and cool.

I roll my eyes.

It feels like the author didn't even try to write an actual book. The art is of spotty quality. I'm not familiar with David McPhail's other illustration work, but I'm not impressed by what he did in this book.


Children who are learning to read need really simple books.

Sorry, Larry.

When I got the email requesting a review for this book, the brief summary had me guessing I was going to enjoy it about as much as reading a high school yearbook from a city I've never been to with photos of nobody I knew. That was about right, with the added experiences of confusion, annoyance, and mild concern for the authors' legal well-being. Also, it was way longer than I expected.


Chicago is awesome.

Rollin', rollin', rollin', RAWHIDE

This is such a badly-written book, it inspired me to create a new category. I can't call it "bad" because I've reserved that rating for terrible morals, so I've come up with the new rating "poor."


You're a part of everything, but you won't realize it until after you're dead.