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review 2020-08-26 06:40
Bluninja's Review
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark - Greg Van Eekhout,Jason Fry,Lou Anders,Yoon Ha Lee,Sarah Beth Durst,Anne Ursu,Tom Angleberger,Zoraida Córdova,Rebecca Roanhorse,Preeti Chhibber,E. Anne Convery

Children's Fiction ~

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark


Review by: Bluninja29


Opening Thoughts:

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark is a collection of stories based off the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2003 TV series.) It has 11 Short Stories all based off episodes from the TV show. with more view points that we didn't get to see in the show. One of the Short stories im are gonna look at is about Count Dooku.



Count Dooku was surprised attacked by the Republic.



I do like how these are in the characters point of view like Count Dooku. I also like how all the stories are based off the show. What I didn't like is how these are short stories, but it is a nitpick so I won't get crazy over it. I honestly liked this book.

If you are a star wars nerd or want to give your kid a star wars book to read. then this is the book for you!


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review 2019-04-05 16:35
INSPECTOR FLYTRAP by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell
Inspector Flytrap and The Big Deal Myste... Inspector Flytrap and The Big Deal Mysteries - Tom Angleberger,Cece Bell
A Venus Flytrap and a goat--who could imagine them as a PI partnership but it works.  Small vignettes of mysteries to be solved with the Venus Flytrap as the gumshoe and the goat as the sarcastic sidekick. 
This is different and unique.  The short vignettes will keep the attention of the early chapter book readers.  It's fun and unexpected in the duo.  I look forward to more.
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review 2018-07-18 21:00
The Princess and the Pit Stop
The Princess and the Pit Stop - Tom Angleberger
You could really feel the energy inside this children’s book with its bright, bold illustrations and the words the author chose to include in this text. It’s a wonder that the Princess decided to continue with the race, after what her Fairy Godmother told when she made a pit stop. The Fairy Godmother informed the Princess that she only had one lap to go in the race but the real problem was, the Princess was already in last place before she stopped.
As the announcer gave a play-by-play of the Princesses last leg of the race, I liked how the text was sometimes set off by interesting text boxes. It created an energy and excitement to the novel. The text also carried all kinds of text sizes which were also fun. The illustrations contained dazzling colors, as the Princess raced across the page with her race car trailing a rainbow behind it.
I liked all the different fairy tale characters that competed with the Princess. Their illustrations were fun to view. It was the play on words with these fairy tale characters that I feel, deserve the most credit. As the Princess raced beside her competitors, she gave them a run-for-their-money as she, “blew the doors off the Big Bad Wolf,” “smoked the Three Little Pigs,” “honked the Golden Goose,” and ”….butted in front of the Three Billy Goats Gruff!” The Princess raced to be in front of a variety of fairy tale characters as the author created a fun, unique to publicize the news. As the finished line came into view, who would win this race?
This was a cute book with a simple story line. Simple is the word here, so enjoy the illustrations and the author’s text.


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review 2018-01-21 15:26
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger


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This book was much better than I thought it would be. I picked it up in the clearance section because I was intrigued by the cover. My expectations weren't very high, but this book definitely exceeded them. 

This is a unique story of maneuvering your way through middle school. I loved the idea of putting together a case file. This added a really interesting element to the story. Angleberger did a good job of keeping the story going though. And of course trying to figure out if Origami Yoda was the real deal or not was very fun. 

Great book. I enjoyed how much the characters learn and mature in such a short story.

The book also contains a tutorial for how to make an Origami Yoda. I haven't tried it out yet, but love the interactive element. 
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review 2017-06-11 18:39
So. Much. Fun!
Rocket and Groot: Keep on Truckin'! (Marvel Middle Grade Novel) - Tom Angleberger,Tom Angleberger

And this was dirty.  I don't know how intentional that was, but I ended up snickering throughout this thing. 


I can easily see a child reading this and not picking up on anything, but, boy, as an adult reading this...  Man, that was fun!   I did enjoy this on a level it was meant to be enjoyed: as an innocent kids book.   It was fun, and Rocket not wanting to be hugged, and just wanting to blow things up was credible.  


It was fun, and funny, although there's no way to do a child's book about Rocket in his current incarnation - as opposed to how he originally appeared - without bending the word, and the characters, a bit. 


Angleberger did an excellent job of mixing that super adult world, and making Rocket as in character as possible, while also making him kid-friendly.   (Although I wish Marvel would put out more adult novels for the adult characters, and leave the kiddie books to the child-friendly characters, to be honest.)


I was going to give this four stars, but, man, that layer of potentially unintentional adult humor pushed it up into five.   Short break so I don't get a huge migraine from too much sun exposure.  I came in to snack, to get some more water, and to write this review.  I'm going to stay inside long enough to read a comic or two, then probably back outside.   (See, with the beach I would have given up long ago.   The porch is nice because I have an awning that I'm considering using, and even if I don't, I step inside to all the comforts inside the house, then go out again when I want.  I'm going to porch it up as much as possible this summer!)

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