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review 2016-12-19 23:54
Gertrude and Toby Save the Gingerbread Man (Gertrude and Toby Fairy-Tale Adventure Series) - Shari Tharp This unexpected team of a goat and a turtle who leave their farm to search for adventure is both fun and quirky. The fairy tale stories that are weaved in add a touch of whimsy and humor however there was one story too many taking place,taking away from the main characters and their original story, while making them feel like supporting characters rather than the main. I received this a copy in exchange for a honest review.
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text 2016-10-19 17:09
Gertrude and Toby save the gingerbread man
Gertrude and Toby Save the Gingerbread Man (Gertrude and Toby Fairy-Tale Adventure Series) - Shari Tharp

#2 in the Gertrude and Toby Series

by Shari Tharp

illustrated by Jim Heath

age range: 5 to 7 years old

Atlas Publishing

 

Gertrude the goat, and Toby the turtle are best friend. In this second book in the series they try to help the Gingerbread Man, who is being kept in a cage by a giant who lives up in an also giant vine. They count with the help of a flying carpet, and also Hansel and Gretel. 

 

This book is very humorous with that kind of humor that includes as much ingenuity as absurdity. The presence of so many characters from fairy tales gives it an air of surreal too. Addressed to kids who are leveling up from the "early readers" step, the story would work great ether if it is read by or to the kid. Since I read an ARC copy, many of the illustrations were still in the sketch stage, but all of them, finished and unfinished, look really funny, with expressive characters and only the necessary details. 

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-10-02 04:32
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp

Read by Melissa - All about living in the moment. Very bad and the movie is worse!

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review 2015-02-20 00:00
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp
“you're nothing but a product. and what's this product called? emptiness, dude, that's what it's called. and for the rest of your life, they sell you over and over, right to the end when they package you one last time and plant you in the ground.”

usually when a book is popular, i don't expect very much from it because i'm a very grumpy, contrary person but this is one of those books that i actually understand why it's so popular. if anything, i don't understand why it's not more popular. i'm not sure how to talk about this without spoiling things, but i will say that i think everyone should at least try to read this book. it has a lot of drinking and partying and sex, and i suppose there's some glorification of those things, but this is a powerful book, and it speaks honest to god volumes about how scary and shitty and amazing growing up is, and how it feels to not be good enough for the people you love the most, and how it feels to lose your friends and just... growing up. this book is a flawless example of growing up. that's all there is to say.
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review 2015-02-20 00:00
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp Eh, it was okay.

I just didn't care. Sutter was a bit of a jerk, but you could see why, but it never really mattered that you could see why. Amy was just a wet noodle. She just goes from a complete wet noodle to a wet noodle who relies on her boyfriend to fix all her problems. Sutter's friend is also a jerk and his girlfriend Beth is annoying. Sutter's ex-girlfriend Cassidy is probably the best thing about this book and I wish the book had been about her instead of stupid Sutter.

And on and on and on.

There was some nice writing, I guess. But I felt like I'd have been better off rereading The Catcher in the Rye. Holden's also a jerk, you know, but the writing was much better.
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