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review 2020-10-11 23:19
Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault
Virginia Wolf - Isabelle Arsenault,Kyo Maclear

I adore this short picture book! The artwork, characters, and story is charming. The relationship between the two sisters is absolutely adorable. You can tell they care for one another and want to be there for each other when life gets hard. I love how this book encouraged kids to dive into their imagination if ever they feel depressed because they may find the happiness they are seeking. As someone who constantly daydreams of one day going to a place not of this realm, I related to Virginia so much. I, too, dream of my own perfect world. And if we continue to search for it, through art or writing or any other creative outlets, we may one day find our Home.


This book is absolutely beautiful. I encourage you to pick it up! It's short but has a lovely message and beautiful artwork to go with it! Anyone can pick up this picture book and find enjoyment in it. May also encourage you look explore your imagination again in case you've been focusing too much on Reality. It's a great book!

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review 2019-03-11 17:51
Beautiful graphic novel captures the drama of middle school and explores the trials of bullying, friendship, and first crushes through music
Operatic - Kyo Maclear,Byron Eggenschwiler

‘Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you.’


This stunningly beautiful graphic novel is a treasure to hold in your hands. It’s a story with so many subtle layers, everything from bullying, to individuality, first crushes, and music history, all reflected within finely illustrated pages.

Charlie is nearing the end of middle school and while discovering the ‘soundtrack’ for her life for a school music assignment, she discovers opera and new friendships. While exploring the way we all identify differently with the music we hear, author Maclear tells Charlie’s tale of discovering the opera singer and diva Maria Callas, and those of her new friends Emile and Luka, boys who are alienated for liking bugs (weird) and singing (girly). Charlie recognizes how her classmates feel, their struggle to fit in and find their place along the cliques at school. The push of their class assignment encourages her to reach out to others as well as reach within and let her true self out.


The illustrations in this hardbound graphic novel (complete with a purple cloth spine and ribbon) tell so much of the story; they should be pored over and digested slowly. While the themes held within aren’t overt and initially obvious, ‘Operatic’ presents itself as a coming-of-age story that should be discussed and pondered to be absorbed, and it’s truly special.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/40646241-operatic
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review 2017-01-25 18:36
Spork - Kyo Maclear
Spork by Kyo Maclear (2010-09-01) - Kyo Maclear
June 26, 2016
April 13, 2014
You can read it as the straightforward story of a being who's a little different and doesn't fit in. You can also read it as the story of finding acceptance with self and with society as a bi-racial being. You could extrapolate it on out as a story about anyone who contains two distinctly different traditions of any kind. But it's amusing on the most basic literal utensil level, which enables one to appreciate the others.

"Spork!" should be the Tick's new battle cry.

Library copy.
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review 2016-11-24 21:45
The Liszts - Kyo Maclear,Julia Sarda

A unique story that includes very artistic designs adding a lot of entertainment with much to see and discover. The story never really peaked for me yet once I reached the end, it tied up quite nicely. I received this story in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2016-05-04 00:15
April Wrap-up
Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye
The Book of Harlan - Bernice L. McFadden
Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom
The Liszts - Kyo Maclear,Julia Sarda
A Will and A Way - Claudia Harbaugh
Narrative of My Escape from Slavery - Thomas Price,Moses Roper

I had a solid reading month. I had one 5 star read, three 4 star reads and one 3 star read. My favorite book of the month should come as no surprise with it being The Book of Harlan. I highly recommend and wish I could supply everyone with a copy. There's just so much in this one book. It doesn't disappoint. 


I thoroughly enjoyed Jane Steele and Glory Over EverythingThese two were highly anticipated and were entertaining reads. I thought about Jane (from Jane Steele) and Jamie ( from GOE) long after I was done with their stories. 


In the 12th hour I decided to throw in some quick reads. All three were good. The Liszts pictures are so lovely and detailed. Even on my kindle I could tell they would be absolutely gorgeous in print. A Will and A Way was a quick and entertaining historical romance. And last I read the gut wrenching, hard hitting, detailed to a fault, Narrative of My Escape from Slavery. This book is in your face without pause or kindness. The bandaid is ripped of without the wound ever being healed.

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