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Song of Robin Hood

November 22, 2020
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It’s pretty, but it’s not a kids’ book.

Everybody who made this put so much thought into it, and it's a beautiful book. But the 115 page book is enormous, and it shouldn't be marketed as a children's book. It's really a scholarly work.

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It's important to preserve cultural heritage such as Robin Hood.

Sing in Praise: A Collection of the Best Loved Hymns

March 15, 2020
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Children’s books were different back then.

It includes the actual scores to all of these, with words. For a child to like this book, they'd have to be very interested in the history of hymns. It's mildly interesting from a historical standpoint, but probably not to children of today.

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Here's a list of hymns and some background information about them.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds

March 8, 2020
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Rather too large to be a dainty dish.

It's kind of interesting from a historical standpoint, but I'm really unsure whether this was ever intended for children.

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It's important to remember all nursery rhymes.

Shackleton's Journey

June 11, 2018
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Tiny people on a massive journey in a massive book.

Way too many words. Skimming this, it appears to be drawings made with pastels, I would guess, with little tiny details everywhere. There's a crew with 12 people on one page and 15 on the other-- little tiny pictures-- and their names and positions on the ship. The text in this book is TINY. The book is huge, and the text is like seven point font.

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These people crossed Antarctica in 1901.

The Iron Man (AKA The Iron Giant)

December 16, 2017
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Very different from movie. Spoilers in review.

The illustrations are great, if a little abstract. The text design is also quite inventive. As far as the story goes, it's... strange. The text is well-written, but the plot goes in unusual directions that aren't properly foreshadowed. The ending chapters totally come out of left field. It really reads like a dream, where everything makes sense until after it's over and you're just sitting there going, "How did I think that made any sense while it was happening?"

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Befriend everything of unknown origin; it's definitely peaceful.