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review 2017-05-30 19:48
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

What can I say about a book like this? More to the point, what can I say that hasn't already been said? I highly doubt I can add anything original, but I can tell you what I thought.

 

I fell in love with the work of Steinbeck when I read and loved Grapes of Wrath. Although that was very different in a lot of ways, there were certain similarities, such as the power of the narrative and the deprivation that was highlighted.

 

Of Mice and Men may have been less than 100 pages, but that had no bearing on how powerful it was. In some ways I think it had a more immediate impact on me than Grapes of Wrath did. Maybe that's becuse of how sad it was. Maybe.

 

The story, as I'm sure you all know, is about Lennie and George who go searching for work and end up in a ranch in California. While there a situation arises that calls for a dire solution.

 

Unbelievably I came to this book knowing very little about it and I think that benefited me. It meant I could experience the story, characters and themes without bias.

 

From almost the first page I felt hugely sympathetic to Lennie. Although George was exasperated with him a lot of the time, his friendship towards Lennie was one of the things that impacted me the most. The way in which this friendship was tested was shocking and brutal but at the same time beautifully handled.

 

I loved everything about this short work, from the deprivation Lennie and George endured to the diverse range of characters. If you haven't read this you need to rectify that, now. I read this for:

 

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review 2017-04-19 20:41
Book 18/100: Of Mice & Magic by Ursula Vernon
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic - Ursula Vernon

Just as much fun as Harriet the Invincible.

I recently re-read the 12 Dancing Princess (which this story retells), and was struck by how, even though the story is named for the titular women, all of whom presumably have their own lives, the story really revolves around the guy who creeps on them trying to figure out where they go at night. The story is about him, not the cursed princesses.

In Vernon's version, Harriet stands in for the gardener who saves the day -- so while she still takes center stage, at least a story ostensibly about 12 women doesn't inadvertently end up being about one man. Also, the princesses in the story are given some real "page-time" and personalities and desires of their own, all of which are improvements over the original. Prose is funny and smart and artwork is charming.

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review 2017-02-15 21:59
Mice are Nice
Mice Are Nice - Charles Ghigna

Mice are Nice by Charles Ghigna is a great book to use in a kindergarten to first grade classroom. The setting of the story takes place in a pet store, and the author is telling the reader the best pet to choose is a mouse. Ghigna names the pets in the pet store, and tells the reader, why this would not be a good pet to bring home, besides the mice. He comes up with all these reasons why mice are the best, and the other animals should not be a choice to the buyer. At the end, Ghigna makes it clear that mice are the only pet a person will ever need. This will help students because of the rhyming text and knowing what animals can do.

 

Lexile Level: 130L

 

 

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review 2017-01-25 00:00
Mice are Nice
Mice are Nice - Nancy Larrick,Larrick Na... Mice are Nice - Nancy Larrick,Larrick Nancy,Ed Young A compilation of poems by various well-known poets on the subject of mice. We liked this book a lot, and there wasn't a poem we didn't like. : )
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review 2017-01-17 16:19
A Flight of Fancy
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse - Torben Kuhlmann

I mentioned before that I went a little crazy over Torben Kuhlmann's books (go here for my review of Armstrong). So it should come as no surprise that I gobbled up Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse which as the title suggests is the story of the first solo flight across the Atlantic...by a mouse. This is kind of an alternate (and obviously fictional) historical account of aircraft engineering and one mouse's determination to be the forerunner in the field. Once again, the illustrations are sensational and evoke a sense of wonderment and delight. It's the end of Kuhlmann's books which I think are my favorite because he ties in the truth (Charles Lindbergh) to the fictional tale. He gives a brief history of flight which is a great way to get kids excited about an historical topic which might seem a bit 'old school' to them. The mouse must continue to persevere against all odds (there are dangers inherent to being a mouse on a mission) to achieve his dreams. This is a great message for all ages! Torben, you've reached the top 5 of my favorite graphic novelists. Congrats to you, sir. 10/10

 

 

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