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review 2017-07-03 05:07
Beware of wasps...
The Nest - Jon Klassen,Kenneth Oppel

 

The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels.

- first sentence

 

Well, this was a bit quirky. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

 

Steve is a worrier, and what he worries about most nowadays is his baby brother. His parents are worried too. The baby has things wrong with him, and he isn't strong enough for the operation yet. The wasp queen visits Steve in his dreams and says she can make things better. All Steve has to say is "yes." But, things aren't always what they seem, and the queen may not have the baby's best interests at heart after all.

 

This book asks us to question what is normal and decide if an imperfect life is still worth living.

 

This book is nominated for a Sunshine State award, grades 6-8 (2017-18). It might be a bit creepy for kids though. The wasps are scary and there are some life or death situations. Steve doesn't know who to trust or how to protect his brother. He wants to do the right thing and readers will certainly root for him. Steve is scared at times, but he shows true bravery to protect his baby brother.

 

Just keep in mind, this is a horror story, a fairy tale horror story, but still...

 

This is my second Free Read Friday book. It has 272 and is worth $6.00

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review 2017-06-24 04:34
When Technology and Nature collide...
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

 

We are geese,

And geese keep going.

 

We're a strange family.

But I kind of like it that way.

 

Ahh, this book. I didn't think I was going to like this one. I read it because it's a Sunshine State nominated book for the 2017-18 school year, and it fit the talking animals BLopoly space that I landed on.

 

The name of the robot is Roz and she has a lot of knowledge, but she doesn't know how to survive on this island. Roz is having difficulties until she realizes that she can learn from the animals. Once Roz realizes the animals are talking, she also realizes she can communicate with them. One day, Roz accidentally destroys a goose nest and can save only one egg. This leads to some pretty amazing and heart-warming moments that I really enjoyed. The ending is a bit sad but hints at the sequel which is coming out later this year.

 

The story is more than a bit quirky, but that's what makes it so much fun. I think it will be a big hit with our 3rd - 5th graders this coming school year. Though I'm sure it will appeal to older kids and adults as well.

 

Oh, and the illustrations really bring it all together.

 

 

 

I read this book for the Fantasyland 7 space, and this is my first book after the big shakeup. At 277 pages it is worth: $6.00

 

 

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review 2017-06-02 02:04
Loving this so much!
Suicide Squad (2016-) #18 - Rob Williams,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Sandu Florea

I'm going to admit that I don't even come close to understanding the Harley Quinn/Flag fling, but I'm also not-so-secretly kinda digging it.  I can see all the ways this can go sideways.   Also, since June Moon and Killer Croc seem to be in a somewhat-relationship, this is not close to the most mind-boggling relationship in this series.   I mean, it makes sense in some ways: June, not the Enchantress but June, is kind to Croc, and is the only one he sees as pure.   He's been shown to want to protect that in his backstory, and if she doesn't rebuff him, I can easily see him both falling for that, but not outwardly acknowledging that. 

 

Still, mind-boggling because he's so unstably violent, that I can't really see a sustained relationship, which is what this seems to be turning out to be, even if behind the scenes.   (His first concern is for her.)

 

I feel like Williams is leading up to Flag/Quinn hijinks, and while I was itching for them to start, I understand why they didn't.   It should be a slow buildup.   

 

At the same time, Zod is really super pissed off that someone is trying to control him, to the point where he's willing to preform brain surgery on himself with the help of a mirror and laser vision.   All I'm going to say about that is I will never, ever trust a Dr. Zod.   Never.   Never ever ever. 

 

I knew this was going to be bad as soon as I realized what Waller planned to do - and unsurprisingly, I am not wrong.   Still, I wasn't quite sure how Zod's plans would come together and I'm starting to see now - and it looks like a bunch of fun.   Can't wait for the next issue!

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text 2017-05-15 02:27
Light devotional style commentary (explains the verses)
New Testament For Everyone Set, 18 Volumes - N.T. Wright
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review 2017-05-14 17:11
Cute Dolls for "Frozen" fans
Anna and Elsa Crochet Patterns for 18 inch Dolls: A stitch by stitch guide with pictures and easy to follow instructions - SARAH Beth Buckhouse

I got this book for free and if my girls were younger (they are now teens and too cool for things like this), I would make several. The pattern looks like it would work up quickly and there were good photos to help make the dolls. I do recommend this book for people who are able to knit or crochet. 

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