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review 2018-08-05 17:27
Shawn Loves Sharks
Shawn Loves Sharks - Curtis Manley,Tracy Subisak
What an exciting story about friendship and sea animals. This book feels so real to me that I can see many children loving it.
 
Shawn is obsessed with sharks. Shawn has watched and memorized many shark movies and he has over a hundred shark books at home. Shawn even opens up his mouth wide, like a shark, when he eats. (Not a pleasant sight but pretty extreme measures, I believe.) He loves to chase after his peers at recess, pretending to be a shark, as they scream and run away. He especially likes chasing Stacy because she screams the loudest.
 
When his teacher announces that each child was going to research a predator, Shawn knew that he would research a shark. His teacher then has each student draw a slip of paper from a bowl. On that slip of paper has the name of the predator they would then research. Would Shawn get the shark? No, Stacy drew the shark slip of paper. The girl that Shawn used to chase.
 
It’s an interesting turn-of-events as Shawn and Stacy research their animals and then head out for recess.
 
I think this is a fun, entertaining story. It’s educational as the children learn about the animals. I liked the emotions and the facial expressions in the book. I feel it’s a book worth checking out.

 

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review 2017-07-02 00:00
Born of Water: An Elemental Origins Novel
Born of Water: An Elemental Origins Novel - A.L. Knorr,Christine Gordon Manley,Shandi Petersen Targa has a secret - her mom is a mermaid. And though the mermaid gene is supposed to pass from mother to daughter, Targa is just a regular human.

With summer's approach, Targa and her friends will be parting ways, all headed to different countries. But Targa's trip to Poland with her mom and mom's dive team turns out to be anything but a typical summer tourism trip.

Loved this mermaid story. The details of mermaid anatomy are incredible, and even the "info dumps" feel like so much a part of the story that they're not tedious or tiresome.

Even better, this book is part of a series, and it seems that all of Targa's friends have something are a little ... different. :)

So glad I snapped this book up!

And if you like YA mermaid stories, you might also enjoy [b:Shearwater|33151578|Shearwater (Ocean Depths, #1)|D.S. Murphy|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1480445224s/33151578.jpg|48806820] and [b:Skye's Lure|35231755|Skye's Lure A Clean YA Fantasy for those who enjoy The Little Mermaid|Angel Leya|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1495862612s/35231755.jpg|47863623].
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review 2016-11-08 08:00
As Kingfishers Catch Fire
As kingfishers catch fire (Little Black Classics #02) - Gerard Manley Hopkins

The second of Penguin's Little Black Classics shows a collection of poems of Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Unfortunately, they were not my taste and failed for the most part to hold my attention.

One nice little detail I wanted to point out though. I'm sure it has happened to a lot of us for whom English is not the mother tongue. Sometimes when a word also exist in your own language (but with a different meaning) you'll be unable to see it properly in English. One of Hopkins' poems provided one of these cases. It is in fact 'no worst, there is none'. Which at first seems a normal sentence, but I believe I also pointed it out in a review of a book with the same name, 'worst' is the Dutch word for sausage, which led to some confusion on my side. The author, however, is not the least to be blamed for this in any case, but still I don't think I will purchase a larger collection of his poems.

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review 2016-04-17 22:31
As kingfishers catch fire (Little Black Classics #02) - Gerard Manley Hopkins

The thing about Hopkins is that you need to read him outloud. His poetry truly works when you are listening to the word play and sound.

This edition also includes part of his journal. That part is okay. He really loves nature.

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review 2015-11-11 00:00
Alice in Tumblr-land
Alice in Tumblr-land - Tim Manley This wasn't at all what I expected. I thought it would be a full-on parody of Alice In Wonderland; however it was more like little drabbles of old fairytales.

I liked it.

Not all of them were funny. Some were kind of sad and gave me the feels. Some just made you think. At some point, when you grow up, you realize how bass-akwards children's versions of fairytales are. Like why did the princess always need some random dude to roll in and save the day?! Why did the princess never save the prince? Being swept off your feet is nice and all, and I fully endorse it, but I also endorse rescuing yourself. And why was it always happily ever after? Can't it just be, content, or okay ever after? LOL!

I kind of like this twisted, sort of cynical play on the old tales. Definitely a good read.
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