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review 2020-01-05 20:19
Black and White
Black and White - David Macaulay

Reminiscent of Meanwhile by Jason Shiga for younger kids. Choose your reading order, determine the story for yourself. Some may find this frustrating, but those willing to engage with the text and images should find something entertaining and/or thought provoking there. 

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review 2019-11-17 03:11
Misc Children's Books Part 1
Be Bold! Be Brave! Chiquitos: 11 Latinas Who Made US History - Naibe Reynoso,Jone Leal
The Little Horse - Luke Helmer
Mosque - David Macaulay
Aesop's Fables Box Set 1 - Reading Eggs
Mama's Daycare - Swapan Debnath,Ngozi Edema
The Perfect Potty Zoo: The Funniest ABC ... The Perfect Potty Zoo: The Funniest ABC Book (Potty Training Book, Rhyming Book for Kids 2-5 Years Old, Toddler Book, potty training books for toddlers, potty book) - Agnes Green,Zhanna Mendel
The Big Splash - Ed Ouano
Arial the Chef - Mary Nhin,Jelena Stupar
It's Not Easy Being a Unicorn - Beatriz Rare
Kaulele The White Fairy Tern - Carleigh Vollbrecht

With the exception of Mosque, I picked these up for free.


Mosque is good, and if you have read the author's other books, it is like those.


Be Brave! Be Bold! is actually pretty good and is about famous Latinias.  While I know the book is intended for a young audience, there could have been a bit more in the bios about the women at the end.


The Little Horse is a Christian story about a horse who was present at Christ's birth.  It is actually one of the better ones.  It reminded me of Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey or the Little Drummer Boy Christmas shows.


The Aesop Box Set  contains a few fables, but the illustrations are good.  It's nice.


Mama Daycare is a sweet book that presents the fear of going to school for the first time in a different way.  It was cute.


The Perfect Potty Book is extactly as advertised.


Arial Chef - not the best, but the bits at the end about how to make Sushi were nice.


Big Splash - good if you like Dinos


It's Not Easy Being Unicorn and Kaulele the Fairy Tern are the best two.  Wonderful story about unicorn that you can see being adapted by Pixar.  Interesting story about a bird.

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review 2019-02-16 23:14
The Histories (Herodotus)
The Histories - G.C. Macaulay,G.C. Macauley,Donald Lateiner,David Lateiner,Herodotus

A generation had no living memory of the greatest danger that the Greeks had ever lived through, but one man decided to change all that and gift posterity with a new genre.  The Histories written by Herodotus details 80 crucial years from the rise of the Persian Empire to the defeat the remnants of Xerxes expedition and the events that led to the latter.


Using knowledge gleamed from extensive travel across the ancient world Herodotus begins his historical narrative by giving the ‘legendary’ encounters between the peoples of Europe and Asia before delving into the more ‘historical’ events that lead to Xerxes’ grand expedition.  Herodotus details the history of the kingdom of Lydia that was the first to conquer populations of Greeks, those in western Anatolia, and how its great king Croesus lost his war to Cyrus the Great thus placing those same Greeks under the rule of Persia.  The history of the Medes and their conquest by the Persians is related then the subsequent history of the Persian Empire until the Ionian revolt which led to the intervention of Athens and setting the stage for Darius expedition to Marathon.  Intertwined with the rise of Persia was Herodotus relating the events within various Greek city-states, in particular Athens and Sparta, that contributed to the reasons for first Darius’ expedition and then to Xerxes’.  Eventually his narrative would go back and forth between the two contending sides throughout the latter conflict as events unfolded throughout 480-479 BC.


The sheer volume of material that Herodotus provides is impressive and daunting for a reader to consider.  Not only does he cover the political and military events, but numerous past historical and general culture aspects as well as lot of biographies and antidotal digressions that add color to the overall piece.  Given that this was the first history ever written it’s hard to really criticize Herodotus—though Thucydides apparently had no problem later—but some digressions I wish Herodotus had left out or not heard at all.


The Histories by Herodotus is one of classic historical works that needs to be read by anyone who enjoys reading history.  Whether or not you love the style of writing or even the topic, this book is important because it literally is the first history book.

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review 2014-12-05 11:30
Motel of the Mysteries - A book you should look at at least once
Motel Of The Mysteries - David Macaulay

I'm glad I read this again. I understand so much more of what's going on, though I know I'm still missing a great deal.


It is so humorous to see them continually get things wrong. The TV as an altar - though that's not terribly far off - the bathroom as the inner burial chamber, and Monument Row. Thanks to the History Channel's new emphasis on Aliens *sigh*, I figured out Heinrich von Hooligan stood for Erich von Däniken. That, in some ways even more then the rest, really made me think about what we "know" about ancient civilizations.

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text 2014-10-18 20:52
October Book a Day #17: Book(s) That Made Me Laugh in Public
Lucky Jim - David Lodge,Kingsley Amis
The Code of the Woosters - P.G. Wodehouse
Poetry for Cats: The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse - Henry Beard
Motel of the Mysteries - David Macaulay
My Life and Hard Times - James Thurber
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) - Douglas Adams

All of these titles, in different moods and at different ages, have made me laugh in public.


When I was a teenager, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was the book all the other teens were reading, and it was hilarious.  My parents gave me My Life and Hard Times at that age, and it was a wonderful, very funny memoir of growing up in the midwest a century ago, from one of the founders of The New Yorker (not to be missed: "the dog that bit people" and "the night the bed fell").


Encountered as an older adolescent, and again in college anthropology, Motel of the Mysteries had me laughing non-stop (my roommates, too, as I recall).  The illustrations are half the fun.  At about this time I also read The Code of the Woosters, a masterpiece by P.G. Wodehouse.


More recently I've read, loved, and laughed at Poetry for Cats and Lucky Jim.  (The latter I was reading while visiting my father; he heard me howling with laughter from upstairs and then nodded with understanding when my answer to "What's so funny?" was "Lucky Jim." He gave it to me, by the way.)  

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