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review 2016-03-04 11:15
My Hero Academia Vol 1
My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 - Kohei Horikoshi,Caleb D. Cook

This. This was exactly what I needed last year. I couldn't seem to read anything, so anime was my staple. But I kept hearing everyone sing the praises of this new series, so I had to give it try. Superheroes in manga/anime seems to be a thing now. Not too long ago, Tiger and Bunny came out. Now, One-Punch Man and My Hero Academia have come out roughly at the same time. I've only read the last but if the others are as good as this one, I may finally jump on the Superhero bandwagon!

 

Our hero, Izuku Midoriya, lives in a world where 80% of the population has a "quirk," a superhero ability that can range from water, gigantism, explosions, and even stranger ones. With so many people holding powerful abilities, the police forces were unable to handle them and so some rose up to take the mantle of hero and keep the peace. The best known hero, All Might, is Midoriya's personal hero as well. He wants to save people with a smile just as All Might does. There's just one problem. Midoriya is one of the rare 20% born quirkless. How can someone without powers ever be a hero?

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review 2015-03-09 20:30
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew - Dr. Seuss

I can't believe it took me this long to finally read this book! The last few Seuss books I've read for the first time haven't really worked for me and I'd begun to wonder if a large part of my love for the author/illustrator came from nostalgia.

 

I can now put that fear to rest as I love this book.

 

I first learned of Solla Sollew from the soundtrack for the musical Seussical. I've never seen it preformed but I love the Original Broadway Cast Recording. One of my favorite songs is Solla Sollew as JoJo (the Mayor's son) and Horton both sing of trying to find their way there. I also finally learned where General Genghis Kahn Schmitz comes from.

 

The plot, idea, and illustrations were all wonderful. I loved the troubles our young friend encounters, particularly the Skritz and the Skrink. His long, arduous travel to get away from troubles only leads to many more. The General and Poozers in Pompelmoose Pass were some of my favorite characters he meets.

 

The illustrations of the River Wah-Hoo and Solla Sollew itself were some of the best though my absolute favorite is the front and back piece pictures of the MC making their way through a crazy, Seussian maze.

 

This is one I'll have to own.

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review 2015-03-09 15:09
The Princess and the Goblin [Audiobook]
The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald,Brooke Heldman

Title: The Princess and the Goblin

Author: George MacDonald

Narrator: Brooke Heldman

Length: 5.25 hours

Unabridged

Publisher: Oasis Audio

Released: 11/11/14

Rating: 4 Stars

 

I can't remember the first time I read the Princess and the Goblin but I do remember my Grandparents introduced me to it with a lovely book illustrated by Linda Hill Griffith. The pictures are gorgeous and remain such a part of my memories of this book.

 

So I'll admit, the cover of this audiobook - the same as the version I love - was what drew me. But the narration was what remained in my memory by the end.

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review 2015-03-08 20:59
Battle Bunny
Battle Bunny - Jon Scieszka,Mac Barnett,Matthew Myers

Thanks goes to Ronyell for introducing me to this wonderfully imaginative picture book.

 

The original book is called Birthday Bunny and, from a note on the front piece, is a gift to a boy called Alex from his Grandmother. It's a story about a bunny on his birthday as he visits his friends and they seemingly have forgot why the day is special. The illustrations are realistic in a cutesy way, reminding me of those saccharine picture books from my childhood.

 

But that story isn't the first you'll read and it's hard to piece together at all. The whole book has been marked over with new text written in and elements such as rockets, Air Force One, etc. drawn over the sweet illustrations. Birthday Bunny is now Battle Bunny and is a hilarious childish tale of an evil bunny bent on world domination. The friends of Birthday Bunny become enemies Battle Bunny must defeat.

 

The blending of the two stories is perfect with Scieszka's written over text very easy to read and Myers' scribbles enhancing the elaborate drawings rather then destroying them.

 

One of the most ingenious and hilarious children's books I've seen in a while, I highly recommend checking this out even if you don't have young child to use as an excuse. :)

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review 2015-02-05 22:22
Journey and Quest by Aaron Becker
Journey - Aaron Becker
Quest - Aaron Becker

I decided to read both of these books together and greatly enjoyed seeing the extended storyline come to fruition. In Journey, a young girl, sitting alone in her her room, sees a red crayon and draws her way into a new and magical world. ON a variety of transports, she makes her way, discovers beautiful places as well as danger, meets a new friend, and has an adventure. In Quest, the boy she meets at the the end of the previous book is pulled with her into the magical realm by a King wielding a yellow crayon. Thus begins a frantic quest across the magical land to collect the different colored crayons. While using their specific colored ones to make their way, the children are chased by the same man in Samurai-esque armor the girl escaped in the first book.

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