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review 2018-12-11 23:45
Learn from my mistakes
Robot Dreams - Sara Varon

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon was sold to me as being a cute little story about a dog who builds a robot so that he has a friend. I was hoping for something with The Wild Robot vibes but I actually found it to be disturbingly macabre and callous. This is a children's graphic novel and yet it explores some really dark themes (in itself not a problem but this was creepier than most). Did I mention that it was entirely wordless? I'm not certain if it's a gift or a curse that Varon possesses to entirely unnerve me without using a single, solitary word. Without giving the entire plot away (this is a very short book by the way), a dog builds himself a robot friend and the two of them are inseparable...until the robot gets rusty at the beach and the dog abandons him there. Yes, he left his very best friend behind at the beach. The next day the beach is closed for the winter and the entire area is fenced off. (That's one strict town!) So now the robot is left on the beach to rust while the dog tries to make a new friend. There are mishaps on both sides of this relationship as the robot is beset by weather, a group of boaters who partially disassemble him, and eventually a junk collector. The dog keeps making friends with those who either can't or won't stick around and he's back at square one without any friends at all. Like I said this is not sweet bedtime reading. If you're looking for a creepy existential crisis well you've hit the jackpot. If you wanted a cutesy little graphic novel you've made a horrible, horrible mistake. 1/10


This makes me hungry. [Source: page45]



What's Up Next: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa


What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and The Science of Supervillains by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg 


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-12-11 11:51
The Cat in the Christmas Tree
The Cat in the Christmas Tree - Peter Scottsdale

by Peter Scottsdale


This is written for children, and as such some of the dialogue isn't quite realistic but more of a cleaned up version like you often see in children's books. The plot holds together reasonably well and the magical transition was very good.


There were some good messages about learning to respect the property of others and not bullying, however, I have an issue with a few other messages that come across.


First of all, the father is in total charge of the family and the mother doesn't argue when he threatens to get rid of the cat. This gives a bad impression of relationship dynamics as well as of a father's role. To me, he's totally evil and his wife should divorce him and keep the cat so her son will be happy!


My other issue is with calling the cat bad for jumping into the tree. Really? You bring a real tree into a home with a cat and expect him not to jump into it immediately? The author is a cat lover and owner so he should know better than that! Also, when the cat is destroying things he shouldn't or biting, why aren't the parents making any effort whatsoever to teach him parameters? Cats do learn, and not by whining at them that they shouldn't do that as if they understood every word. (Secretly I do believe they understand every word but that's another matter.)


All things considered, the story has some brilliant elements from a Christmas magic point of view, but I would not buy it for a child because of these unacceptable messages about fathers and cat discipline.

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text 2018-12-10 02:47
Buying as per the trend


Those who have a good budget, they can also procure dresses while the budget conscious buyers get dresses at affordable rates. Then, they grow pretty sooner and thus you cannot use a cloth for more than a month or two. Loose fitting clothes can also be used for longer period of time. Clothes for kids are made in variety of materials and you can choose a suitable fabric.

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text 2018-12-09 21:57
24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 - St. Nicholas' Day / Sinterklaas, Task 4 (Books Featuring Children Rescued from Peril)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain,Guy Cardwell,John Seelye
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Black Stallion - Walter Farley,Keith Ward
M - Jon J. Muth

I suppose Harry Potter and just about every children's / YA fantasy (or mystery) series would fill this bill, but big HP and Three Investigators fan though I am, let me offer these for consideration instead:


1.  Mark Twain: The Adventure of Tom Sawyer -- Tom and Becky Thatcher in McDougal's Cave (rescued thanks to Tom's tenacious search for an exit), and Tom and Huck Finn up against Injun Joe; inter alia, listening to Joe's and his cohorts' plans at the peril of their own death in case they are discovered, and Tom incurring the same risk by speaking up at Injun Joe's trial (after which Joe escapes through a window).


2.  Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden -- At the beginning of the book, Mary is sent to England to stay with her uncle to save her from the cholera epidemic that will shortly thereafter kill both of her parents, who have remained in India.


3.  Walter Farley: The Black Stallion -- Alec and "The Black" become friends when they help each other to survive on a desert island after being shipwrecked.


Honorable mention:


"M" (screenplay, not book): A chillingly creepy 1930s movie,  concerning the hunt for a pedophile serial killer -- starring Peter Lorre (pre-Hollywood) as the pedophile and directed by Fritz Lang.


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text 2018-11-28 09:25
Unisex Wholesale Children's Clothing - That's Why We Need It

When I tell my mother about wholesale childrens clothes, she sometimes says, "Oh, we do not need that, so the differences between boys' and girls' clothes are not that big." We looked closely:

Boys clothing is just getting bigger - even if the same is on the label.
Boys get used to loose things with freedom of movement, girls are against 3 (!) Years actually permanently squeezed and feel that as normal, especially at the waist and the waistband.
You could say: Boys are physically a little bit bigger and wider than girls - but that's just not true! Size charts do not distinguish between boys and girls up to 8 years of age, both in total height and in the size of the breast and hip. Our clothes are measured by body size - as it is thought.

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Girls and boys do not physically differ, but the clothing suggests it anyway: The fit of wholesale children's clothing mimics male and female adult clothing. Why clothes for 6-year-old already must be 'sexy', let's put it there. If T-shirts for girls have a wide neckline, this is a problem at least in winter. Children get used to their own reflection - boys look broad-shouldered through wide cuts, girls have a waist, although there is no physical one yet. And they see daily children in the kindergarten either the box-shaped or the watch glass form have. Is it any wonder that at some point you are struggling with your body image? The clothes are suitable for children: especially comfortable and easy to put on.

If you look at a boy's and a girl's T-shirt next to each other, you notice something else: Girls' clothing is often decorated with much more effort - ruffles here, glitter there. Even baby bodies for girls have tiny bows on it. Imagine, as long as you remember back in your rather short life, either all of your things are decorated - or none at all. That's also an experience.

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Well, after my son played down one or the other girls T-shirt, I thought so: Boys clothes just last longer. And that at least makes me buy mainly boys' clothes, especially trousers.
The fabrics are thicker, more durable and the seams are better processed. And in winter they are just warmer. Why is that? Girls are expected to take better care of their clothes. That's a bit of a hen-and-egg problem: I can buy this fragile shirt, she'll take care of it - then admonish, if it gets any, what will prevent the wearer next time from wild play. Breaking this cycle will only succeed us parents.

Apart from the practical aspects - size, fit, quality - I realized that by printing certain symbols on clothes we express different aspects of our lifeworld. In our culture, women are expected to do most of the emotional work. Girl clothes are littered with emotional symbols like hearts, stars, unicorns. Boys get trucks, diggers and rockets - show them early: "Emotions are not your area." They learn that feelings are only for girls, while girls are reduced to just those feelings. Their interest in technology is not represented anywhere, as if someone were saying all the time: "Girls can not do that!"

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In this way, we close our children - boys and girls alike - with a whole emotional universe. For the free development of their personality children need the right clothes - let's start!

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