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review 2018-02-08 13:34
Flora and Ulysses
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures - K.G. Campbell,Kate DiCamillo

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Rating: 2.5 stars


Newberry Medal Winner 2014


Book Blurb:  Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. 


It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry - and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.


I should've liked this. A girl who reads comics and says things like "Holy Unanticipated Occurrences!"  A superhero squirrel that flies and loves poetry. Positive messages on connection and dealing with change... 


But I just could not connect with and/or get into this one. I closed the book and said "Meh". Maybe it's cuz I'm not the target demographic? Hmmm. Maybe. That's never stopped me before though. 


2.5 stars.

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text 2018-02-05 21:10
Reading progress update: I've listened 270 out of 320 minutes.
Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman

This book is a kind of autobiography/self-help guide to dealing with depression, or the crab-of-hate as Susan calls it. It's written and narrated by Susan Calman, a Scottish comedienne, who I've recently started to like. She tells her story in a conversational style, covering all sorts of topics like fashion, therapy, social media etc and how she navigates these in consideration of her depression. As she's a comedienne it'd be a bit strange if it wasn't funny, which of course it is. She's funny and brutally honest about her experiences and I'm laughing while at the same time shaking my head furiously because I can identify with so much. If you're looking for a book which gives an honest account of depression, this wouldn't be a bad place to start.

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review 2018-02-04 20:48
Young Sherlock Holmes Adventures - Drew Castalia,Huw-J.,J.L. Straw,Owen Jollands

This is not like the movie, but it doesn't really claim to be outside of the title reference. Sherlock is a bit of a jerk, and quite frankly, you want him to get smacked. Additionally, the sole female character is told she is useless and then objectified, though some very passing reference is made to Ganesh

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review 2018-01-28 23:58
Unexpected ending
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1 - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa,Robert Hack,Jack Morelli

Mostly because someone accidentally 'spoiled' the ending for me - and it wasn't at all what happened in the actual ending!


Anyway, this is atmospheric, creepy, and just perfect.   It hasn't gone past issue eight which came out in August - was part one of a new story.   This collects issues one through five, and sets Sabrina in a evil, devil-worshipping coven that includes her aunts, and her father.   It also takes place during the 1960s with the author trying - and succeeding - in giving in a Rosemary's Baby vibe.   It's a slow, psychological part, although not quite as nuanced as Rosemary's Baby.   (Then again, Rosemary didn't know what was going on and Sabrina is on the coven; this doesn't allow a parallel buildup of tension, but there's another buildup of tension.)


Beautiful artwork, lovely how the characters are, at the core, themselves - and yet not - and how they play on each other in this new storyline.   I'd like to think that Betty and Veronica, who do show up, might be later reincarnated as their Afterlife with Archie counterparts - but I suspect this is a completely separate AU.   Either way, I'll take it.  I'm trying to decide on if I should buy the next issue right now, or wait for a sale.  I normally just wait for the sales. 

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review 2018-01-23 19:26
The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean by Robert Gillespie
The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean - Robert Gillespie

Popcorn and Jellybean are friends. One day they decide they are bored and want an adventure. They have never been down the path past the tree. Today they decide is the day to see what is on the other side. They pack everything they think they will need and set off on a 2 day adventure. It turns out they are not as prepared as they think and what started out as a 2 day adventure becomes a 5 day adventure. 

Along the way they are presented with different challenges and obstacles. The 2 and eventually 3 of them must use their problem solving skills together to overcome everything thrown in their path to get back home. 

This was really a fun book to read to the kids. We took it 1 chapter at a time each night. Some of the pages were pretty long for the little ones when there were no pictures for them to look at. The book is 48 pages long and it is a large sized book.  The illustrations in the book were kind of simple but very colorful and the the kids loved them. 

This was a really good book to add to my kids home library. I do think the kids would need to be around 8 or so to get through the book reading on their own. I really loved that the book shows how important it is to use problem solving skills and also some of the survival tips offered. 

I was given my copy of this book from the Author and IRead Book Tours for review purposes. The thoughts are my own. 

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