Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I Am A Story by Dan Yaccarino

5 stars
received for review

Wow.  Simple and yet powerful.

I wanted to review this one during Banned Books Week because it does talk about that.  Books being banned and even burned.  I'm not sure I've really seen a picture book before that covered those kind of topics... especially so simply.

Give this one a try.

I Am a Story

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Storybook Knight by Helen and Thomas Docherty

5 stars
received for review

From the same folks that did The Snatchabook (if you haven't read that one, go do it), this is a sweet story about a knight who just doesn't see why knights have to fight.  He'd rather sit and read thank you very much.

Another instant favorite around here.  LuLu especially loves it.

An awesome choice for holiday shopping!

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Max at Night by Ed Vere

5 stars
received for review
Oh Max.  We love Max.  You remember him from Max the Brave, right?  If you didn't check that one out you'd better go do that.  Now.  I'll wait.  ;)
Now Max is back and it's bedtime, but Max can't find Moon to say goodnight.
Cute cute book.  LuLu is in LOVE.  This one was an instant favorite.
Keep Max (both books) on your radar for your holiday shopping this year!
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Max at Night landing pagehttp://books.sourcebooks.com/maxatnight/
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Max and Annabel by Catelyn Kronfeld

A Tale of Two Clydesdale Horses in Central Park
The First Patrol

Illustrated by Jennifer Brandon

4 stars
picture book
pdf version received for review

So.... if I were judging this purely on text..... 3 stars probably.  It's a cute enough story, very simple and sweet.  It includes some interesting facts about the horses at the end.  It also includes some typos and such.  Ugh.

It's fine.

Why did I give it 4 stars then?

The pictures.  Oh my gosh the pictures.

In fact, pictures is not a good enough word-- paintings.  The paintings are gorgeous.

Which makes it a tragedy that it seems to be easier to get on Kindle than paperback.

Overall, the story is fine, but get check this one out for the art.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel

A Journal of Self-Exploration
4 stars
received for review

From Goodreads:
Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: that by taking the time to know ourselves and what those dreams are, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve our dreams.

Featuring vibrant hand-lettering and images that have attracted a large following for her stationery and textile line in boutiques across the country, Meera Lee Patel's uplifting book presents supportive prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more.

Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting, this appealing full-color book will make a perfect gift and keepsake as well as being a powerful tool for positive change.

This isn't the kind of thing I'd normally go for-- a little too "self help" for me-- but I'm kind of a sucker for quotes.... and for art.... so.... yeah.  :)

The exercises are fairly simple introspective things that seem interesting.  (I haven't gone through and actually done them all yet.)

This could be a great gift book for this holiday season!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Endangered Edens by Marty Essen

4 stars
received for review

Conversational writing and gorgeous photos. My only real complaint (other than more than one instance of "republicans are the enemy" type generalizations, which felt preachy and annoying... And the "Mormon wife" thing which was also kind of annoying) would be the lack of captioning. Only some photos are captioned and while some I could figure out by the context, so to speak, others I could only admire the beauty without knowing what it was. 

Overall recommended. Now I'm off to see if I can get hold of his other book.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains by Laurel Snyder

4 stars

A milkmaid who simply can't follow the rules.  A prince who does.  A missing person... maybe.  A dog named Cat and a cow named Rosebud.

A town where the rules are EVERYTHING.

All in all this story was cute and sweet.  I found it an interesting combination of whimsy and silliness and yet surprising depth.

It didn't really go where I thought it was going.... and the ending was... odd.  And yet it all worked.

And not just worked, but worked beautifully.