02.11.09

Smash Trash!: Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Childrens, Fiction at 12:56 am by Rosepixie

This was a pretty cute and very basic beginning reader. It essentially just ran through how Wall-E spends his day. The text is extremely simple. The art is stylized and fun to look at. It has lots of texture and interesting graphical elements. I enjoyed reading this, but it’s not going to be an enduring classic or anything.

02.04.09

Jack and the Box: Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Fiction at 1:26 am by Rosepixie

This book is almost surreal. It starts out one way and changes multiple times over the course of the story. I liked that it was left open-ended about whether it really happened or not. The art is cute and adds to the surrealism and the slightly creepy feel of the book. I was a little put off by this one, but I generally enjoyed it.

01.29.09

My Hero: Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Childrens, Fiction at 2:02 am by Rosepixie

This was a cute retelling of the movie story stripped down to its barest bones. The art is pretty good, too. The story feels a little rushed, but that’s not really surprising. They probably should have only retold part of the movie instead of the whole thing!

01.27.09

School Days: Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Childrens, Fiction at 2:11 am by Rosepixie

This book focused mostly on getting ready for school in the morning. It wouldn’t be interesting for kids beyond kindergarten, but for kids for whom school is still sort of a novelty, this could be great. The art was bright, but not really all that interesting.

Mostly this book kept making me wonder where Stacey and Kelly’s mom was! Why is Barbie their caregiver? It’s just strange!

01.26.09

How Coyote Stole the Summer: More Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Childrens, Spirituality at 4:20 am by Rosepixie

The end of this was a little odd. Why did Old Woman and her children agree to share summer? If they wanted it back, why didn’t they fight for it? And if they like the feel of it out of the bag (as the story implies), why do they hide it away for half of every year? It just doesn’t really make sense! At least there was a good note at the end giving credit to the tribe and region the story came from!

01.25.09

How Coyote Stole the Summer: Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Childrens, Spirituality at 5:27 am by Rosepixie

This is a cute retelling of this story, although it has no indication of where it came from. What region or tribe is the source of this story? The art is cool. It’s simple and colorful and does a pretty good job of illustrating the action of the text. I hope there’s more notation about sources at the end of this book.

01.21.09

Little Rat Makes Music: Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Childrens, Fiction at 12:53 am by Rosepixie

This is such a cute story! It was funny and sweet and very human. The characters had such real emotional responses to everything. I was extremely impressed. There were even things not usually discussed in proper books for children, like laughing so hard that you fart! But that’s part of a kids’ world and experiences, so why not have it there? I enjoyed it a lot!

01.13.09

The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School: Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Childrens, Fiction at 12:59 am by Rosepixie

This is a funny little school version of the classic Gingerbread Man story. It’s not amazing, and I wasn’t wild about the art, but the story is funny and cute. I didn’t quite get why the kid picking up the cookie turned it back into just a cookie, but I guess the fox thing doesn’t really work in a school setting, does it?

01.10.09

Poison Ivy Expert: Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Childrens, Fiction at 4:40 am by Rosepixie

I really like that Nancy is enough of a character now to have stories that are not about things being fancy all the time – not even Nancy! This was a great kid story. It was fun and believably over-dramatic. Life is so unfair when you have to miss fun things!

Fancy Nancy Sees Stars: Thoughts

Posted in Beginning Readers, Childrens, Fiction at 3:55 am by Rosepixie

This was a pretty cute story and for the first time the series showed Nancy being smart more than it showed her being frilly. The plot was simple, but cute, and there was a lot to like about it. It even showed Nancy’s family participating in her interest in astronomy. Her friend from Paris, Texas was in this book, too, which gave a nice sense of continuity.

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