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A review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by Rowling, J. K. J. K. Rowling

Note: This is a spoiler-free review. If you love the Harry Potter world as much as I do, you will perhaps understand how I spent most of one cold, windy Saturday in November. See, first I went to see the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie and I'll say, in short and spoiler-free, it was amazing -- and for more reasons than the fact that the lead female character's name was Tina! The movie was so amazing that as soon as I got home, I listened to the soundtrack while pre- ...read more

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December 1, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley

Lucy and her family spend a day at the beach, digging in the sand, walking on the beach, and playing together. Then they head home where Lucy's mom begins a bedtime story, but falls asleep, tired from their day. Lucy wakes up, wanting her bedtime bear and stuffed animals. This great picture book is filled with expressive narration and evocative illustrations, from Pulitzer Prize winner ...read more

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October 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Spot the Cat by Henry Cole

Spot is a cat with a large spot on his back. When Spot sees a bird outside, he leaps out of the apartment window to chase it. Follow his adventures (and the boy who's looking for him) in this wordless picture book. Let's see if you can spot the boy and Spot, the cat, on the intricately-detailed pages. This is a great book for fans of the "Can You See What I See" books by Walter Wick, "I Spy" book series, "Where's Waldo" series, and other picture puzzles. ...read more

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August 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Maxi the Little Taxi by Elizabeth Upton

It's Maxi the Taxi's first day on the job. He loves splashing in puddles while he gives people a ride around the city, zooming on his way. But when he starts looking icky and sticky, people avoid him. How will he get clean? Will anyone help him?Enjoy this bright, rhyming picture book about Maxi the Taxi's all-day adventures, including his first ever car wash! ...read more

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June 10, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson

How do you measure happiness? Can you put a price on the feel of rain on your skin? Hearing a soft breeze rustling the curtains? Seeing the sun through the leaves of a tree? And what happens when a bureaucratic national agency decides those numbers for you: where amount of daily worry and stress is measured against happiness, with adjustments for anxiety, measurements of empathy, setbacks, poverty versus friendships, emotional quotients. They claim to use advanced mathematics to come up ...read more

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May 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert

In a pyramid in Egypt, a mummy rises every hundred years. But don’t worry, this mummy isn’t scary. He’s a cat, and had been the pet of a pharaoh queen long years ago. Now he wakes up every hundred years and walks the hall to see if his friend, the mummy, has awakened. And one cold night, each century,he gets up, and check to seeif she’s come back, his loving friend…so that this lonely time can end. Beautiful illustrations show off ancient Egyptian life in this richly detailed picture ...read more

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October 16, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude cakes never say please or thank you. They never listen. In short, they have terrible manners. In this book, watch what happens when a rude cake meets a well-mannered giant cyclops. Accompanied by lovely whimsical illustrations of a mis-behaving cake and the adventures they gets into, this is a fantastic and fantastical book that I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Seriously, it's the cutest little thing. Take a look! ...read more

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August 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Hansel & Gretel : a Toon graphic by Neil Gaiman

Any fans of Neil Gaiman should probably check this out. It's the standard story of Hansel and Gretel, the woodcutter's children who are left in the woods when then the family is hit by hard times. One night Hansel hears his parents, worried over their lack of food, discuss leaving him and his sister in the woods. Being resourceful and forewarned, Hansel uses whites stones to guide the pair back to the arms of their parents. However, there is still not enough food and again they are led off into ...read more

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August 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Special Delivery by Philip Christian Stead

When Sadie decides to send her lonely Great-Aunt Josephine an elephant, nothing will stand in her way. This great picture book features a loveable, determined little girl as she finds herself in the midst of a grand adventure. The illustrations remind me of a mix of Shel Silverstein, Quentin Blake, and  Don Madden, bringing to life a colorful cast of characters, including courageous women, helpful mailmen, and some not-so-nefarious monkeys. (Seriously. The monkeys attempt a robbery ...read more

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May 1, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Swim, Duck, Swim by Susan Lurie

Duck is afraid to learn to swim, but with a little bit of encouragement he takes the plunge. Join him in this delightful picture book that uses charming nature photographs of a duckling and his patient parents. ...read more

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February 13, 2015 | 0 comments