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review 2017-06-03 13:55
My Pet Human - Yasmine Surovec 
My Pet Human - Yasmine Surovec

A homeless street can narrates the 're of finding a family and a friend for his new pet human. The anime style of "the look" that elicits good from humans is worth it, all in its own.

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review 2017-05-14 23:52
Chester and Gus - Cammie McGovern 
Chester and Gus - Cammie McGovern

I am so emotional these days that just reading the blurb made me tear up. What a good dog! I liked that it was written from the dog's perspective, and that Gus was so uncommunicative.

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review 2017-04-16 16:11
Me...Jane - Patrick McDonnell 
Me...Jane - Patrick McDonnell

For such a brief book, McDonnell has done a marvelous thing. He doesn't try to give us the entire life of Jane Goodall, just a glimpse at a child who was fascinated by animals and nature and Africa and how that lead to the adult she became. The art is perfect, incorporating Victorian animal illustrations, a sweet, almost cartoonish style, and memorabilia from Goodall. I expect the child who is like Goodall (albeit with pandas and China) will really love it.<br/><br/>Library copy.

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review 2017-01-24 18:43
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde - Shannon Hale,Dean Hale,LeUyen Pham
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde - Shannon Hale,Dean Hale,LeUyen Pham

She has to fight bunnies! There is nothing more adorable than a horde of ravening bunnies: they’re cute locusts. But bunnies aren’t always safe, as Monty Python and former president Jimmy Carter both know.

 

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review 2017-01-18 21:31
Jackaby - William Ritter
Jackaby - William Ritter

There's a strong Sherlock influence here, and it reads a bit like Lockwood & co., and also Spiderwick. I enjoyed the plot which moves along briskly. For no very good reason, I decided early on that Jackaby was Matt Smith (his more clownlike moments as the Doctor), and Abigail is scrappy little Jenna Coleman. I loved the bizarre inhabitants of the house, and want someone to film this so I can see the house in 3-D. I managed to solve the mysteries pretty easily, but didn't mind. There are, however a number of anachronisms, and although the story is prominently set in a New England port town, it was never clear how big the city was supposed to be, nor did it in any way feel like New England, and because I am the sort of person who cares about these things (or anyway can't avoid noticing them) if Abigail is English, why does she write in American?

It might seem like a  negative review, but I did quite enjoy it and I look forward to reading the rest. The nonsense about the ball gowns pulled me out, but I was enjoying the book so much I never thought of stopping.

Library copy.

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