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review 2017-11-24 20:46
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook (Pop Classics) - Kim Smith
I liked this children’s book as it was just like the movie that I loved. The illustrations were cartoon in nature and as I read it, I smiled as I could remember seeing this novel at the movie theater so many years ago. The author tried to include as many of the highlights of the movie that he could and I thought the flow of the novel was great as I didn’t feel that I was missing anything important to make me have to stop reading. I loved the details in the illustrations, they weren’t too cumbersome and little E.T. was cute with his huge eyes and his little fingers.
Elliott discovers something out in the shed and it didn’t look like a coyote. His story of a goblin doesn’t sit well with his family so the next night, using candy he entices the creature into his home while outside some individuals are searching for something using strange equipment. I can hear Gertie scream as she is introduced to Elliott’s goblin and the illustration was perfect for this part in the novel. The story continues with the globe, his solar system model, and his mother’s search of Elliott’s room where E.T. is hidden amongst all his stuffed toys (excellent illustration). There is this anticipation as the story continues as the individuals outside continue to draw closer to Elliott house and this suspense continues as I read, the individuals creeping closer and closer. Gertie dresses E.T. up as they played and she teaches him how to talk, such great movie scenes and the illustrations do a wonderful job also. This really is a fantastic novel, one that makes you relive the movie and one that brought smiles to my face. This is definitely a novel that I will be purchasing for myself. I think kids will love looking at its illustrations over and over again and it will be one that they will love to hear repeated. This novel and my Home Alone children’s novel will be hits! I think now I need to watch the movie, I really do!


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review 2017-11-14 15:59
The Zombunny: an illustrated easy reader chapter book - Dan Alatorre

Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec
Book starts out with a letter from Aiden to Everett... he needs Everett to go to Cameron and help her out.
This is a story of a camp that was once a cotton plantation in the Civil War, 40 acres of land near Charleston, SC. The camp is now a safe haven for kids who are going through problems due to their parents who are/have served in the military and some ddn't return home or came back damaged.
The three kids: Cameron, Aiden and Everett all attended the camp during the summer months as her relatives ran the camp back then. It's now her project but after Aiden has left it's on her shoulders and this year the person in charge of doling out money has new requirements.
Everett has his own past that led him overseas to help others in need to return after the letter and drank himself til his brother stepped in and got him in rehab.
She needs help and hopes he will come to her aide. It's all for a good cause...
Story is told with alternating chapters between them and at times it goes back in time and other times it's the present. Took me a while to get the hang of that although I've read many books in this same format.
What I like about this book is the location, the planned activities for the kids, help the counselors can give the children and parents alike and how those involved all come together to make it happen, hopefully for more years down the road.
The stories are hard to hear about, struggles they endure, heartaches and death. Some truths you just don't even hear about til it comes out at the end.
Adult sexual scenes. Wow surprise ending, didn't see it coming.
Received this review copy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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text 2017-11-09 17:11
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 9 - Winter Solstice / Yaldā Night
The Illustrated Stratford Shakespeare - William Shakespeare


Tasks for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: Read a book in one night - in the S. Hemisphere, read a book in a day. –OR– Grab one of your thickest books off the shelf. Ask a question and then turn to page 40 and read the 9th line of text on that page. Post your results. –OR– Eat a watermelon or pomegranate for good luck and health in the coming year, but post a pic first!.


Who better to turn to for this than Shakespeare?


I asked a question on behalf of Teddy: Will he remain the only cat around this place, or is there another (of course, also FIV positive) feline in our joint future?


I think the Bard's answer is unequivocal -- and I'll make a note of that new nickname for Teddy, for whenever we find out who "she" is going to be):



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review 2017-10-28 03:37
Yippee ki-yay! This is just fun.
A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic - Doogie Horner,JJ Harrison

This is going to be short and sweet. The premise: Take <b>Die Hard</b> one of the greatest action films ever made, one of the greatest Christmas movies ever made, and an all-around pop culture touchstone and turn it into a (<i><b>NOT</b></i> for kids) rhyming picture book.


I'm not sure I really need to say more, do I?


Horner does an admirable job with taking the flick and turning it into a series of rhymes -- it doesn't feel like a gimmick. A lot of what he doesn't grab, Harrison takes care of in the illustrations. It's not perfect, things are left out, but with only 32 pages -- you pretty much have to. Only 1 four-letter word, too (technically, 12 letters, but you get the point).


The art is great -- although you could make the case that Harrison gave McClane too much hair. The art is dynamic, you can feel the action, the characters all look just right. Some samples of the illustrations are <a href="http://jjwharrison.com/projects/a-die-hard-christmas/" target="_blank">here on Harrison's site</a>.


One complaint? No Argyle. Which I guess makes sense given the limited space, but man . . .

This is a hoot -- yeah, a novelty book, but well executed and well worth a read. Something to bring out every December (if you're the type to do that).

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/10/27/a-die-hard-christmas-by-doogie-horner-jj-harrison
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review 2017-09-29 23:17
Great for the visual learner!
Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide t... Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life - INFJoe

You may have seen comics by Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (aka INFJoe) portraying the life of an introvert: avoiding crowds, dealing with people who don't understand introversion, how introverts recharge or find happiness, etc. It was great to see he had come out with a book and I was happy to pick this up.


If you're new to introversion or want to learn more about it AND you're a visual learner I'd say this is a great pick. Interspersed with text and comics, INFJoe talks about what introversion is, what introverts do, and so on and so forth. If you're already familiar with the comics you might be disappointed since you've probably seen most of these online. But if you're looking for a guide or a short explainer for someone this might make a pretty good gift.


I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I bought this but I was happy to support a fellow introvert. There's not much more to say about this book since it's just a bunch of comics with a little text. It's somewhat similar to 'Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World' by Maureen "Marzi" Wilson which I felt was more about introverts and introverted life in general. 


I'd say if I had a criticism of it I suppose I was a bit disappointed by seeing so many of the same comics I've seen online and that I wish it were longer.


But if you know someone who wants to learn more about introverts and introversion as a topic and is a visual learner/like graphic novels this could be a great introduction. There's no plot like a GN, but if someone is not inclined to read a more text-heavy book (like Susan Cain's 'Quiet' for example) then this could be a great alternative. I bought this and was a bit disappointed because it's a bit pricey (I guess for the art and quality of the book itself) but it's not at my library and again I was happy to support the author.

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