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review 2017-03-24 21:22
Oui Oui, Gigi! (free)
Oui Oui, Gigi! (Nuggies Book 4) - Jeff Minich,Renan Garcia

Ages 4-8

 

This is free as of the time of this review. If you have a child in the recommended age group I really think they would enjoy this.

 

Not only is this a cute story of two dogs lost in Paris, but the author was very creative about making this educational. Children will learn French words with their pronunciation and meaning, about famous and important buildings around the city, and more. The illustrations are very nice. I think an example is the best way to describe them:

 

 

Free on Amazon US

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review 2017-02-24 21:00
#15 Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay

It's always amazing to re-read a Harry Potter book. I have so many feeling every single time and I never get bored!

The illustrations are stunning and really add something to the story in my opinion. This one was creepy though, with all the spiders...

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review 2017-01-16 00:00
Sense and Sensibility (Illustrated)
Sense and Sensibility (Illustrated) - Ja... Sense and Sensibility (Illustrated) - Jane Austen,Richard Burton,Marie-Michelle Joy,Hugh Thomson Well I finished it -and none too soon.

Apparently my tastes are just too 21st century to appreciate this type of book.

This book is filled satire and is supposedly a 'comedy of manners' I just found it to be filled with annoying whining characters, angst over the least little thing and a real hang-up about money (sort of like modern chick lit but with overly long dialogue! - I found it difficult to see these females as the sweet, artless, naive women everyone seems to think they are - they seem a bit vicious to me. Sort of like the typically written Southern Belle who can stab you in the back and the same time be giving you sugar to your face...all this as long as she say's 'bless your heart'!

A can see why this is a classic since so many modern books emulate Ms Austen's style of writing and her subject matter-however, the fact that she uses circumlocution to the nth degree is enough to drive me up the wall. I hate this whether it is an 18th century author or a modern author.


Classic, well yes, I guess so. I just don't understand why.
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review 2016-12-20 07:20
The Giver
The Giver (illustrated; gift edition) - Lois Lowry,Bagram Ibatoulline

Booklikes is doing that thing again so I hope this goes through.

 

This is more a review of this edition than of the story. I love the story. I didn't love the illustrations, and I wouldn't give this to someone if they're reading The Giver for the first time.

 

I'm just not a fan of the audience potentially knowing that Jonas is

seeing colors

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before he does. That piece of dramatic irony doesn't add to the story. As a kid I loved discovering Jonas's seeing beyond ability as he did (also, I never imagined his world in black and white but rather as just being totally beige).

 

There aren't many illustrations in the book which I wasn't mad about since I didn't really like them. However, I'd like an illustrated copy of a book to have a few more illustrations.

 

The story itself is still great though. The ending read really differently to me than it has before (I can definitely see why some people think

Jonas and Gabriel died at the end

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). That's my favorite thing about rereading The Giver. I see something different in it every time I pick it up.

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review 2016-12-18 22:32
I read this yesterday during my lunch break
Toy Confidential: The Secret Life of Snarky Toys - Aled Lewis

And boy, was it fun.   Aled Lewis takes toys, poses them, and then most often times captions them.   When he doesn't actually caption them, he puts the title on the back and it's often times the tiles that gets the biggest chuckle.   

 

My favorite isn't captioned: a man stands in front of a velociraptor holding a diploma.   The title on the back labels him a philosoraptor.   These are often clever, oftentimes winking at the pop culture phenomenas Lewis clearly loves - and gently pokes fun at.   Sometimes they're just about the nature envy, but always gently poking fun at these things using toys.

 

Fun, quick, and clever.  I wasn't sure about this book so I got it when it went down to one dollar and fifty cents.    I'm glad I picked this up and I'm glad I finally got around to reading this! 

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