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review 2016-04-15 23:12
Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling
Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling - Tony Cliff

I love this series so much, and I couldn't be more pleased that we are getting a third installment at some point. (Okay, well, I could be happier if A. I knew when we were getting it or the ultimate B. if it came out tomorrow.)

This was over 100 gorgeous pages longer than the first one, and I honestly can't decide which one I like more, because they're both so wonderful. This one is a bit different from the first, insofar as it is more plot-driven, with some backstory and scene changes, as opposed to the much quieter (ha) more picturesque life Delilah and Selim were living in the Turkish Lieutenant, and I know some people didn't like it as much because of that, but for me it worked because it felt like a natural organic change to the storytelling. Also it is awesome.

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review 2016-01-30 20:08
Hedgehugs
Hedgehugs - Steve Wilson,Lucy Tapper

This is so adorable!! I squealed in delight when I saw it in the bookstore, hastily grabbed it on the shelf, and gleefully marveled at every hedgehog-filled page.

 

Hattie and Horace are the best of hedgehog friends, and do everything together, but they desperately wish to hug each other. Their poky quills make hugs troublesome and really just plain impossible. They try covering their quills with anything they find, from strawberries and snow*, to leaves and hollow logs, but darn it all, nothing works. One day, Horace finds a sock and wiggles into it. He looks about as silly and adorable as a hedgehog in a sock would

 

 

 

but Hattie doesn't mind. Hattie sees the potential. Hugging potential. (She also probably see the potential for becoming rich by selling socks to other hedgehogs to fulfill their hugging needs, but that's neither here nor there.) Hattie knows she's got to find herself a sock. And when she does, the most wonderful thing occurs; a thing that gives birth to fairies and makes old grumpy miser men smile in delight...a hedgehug.

 

This book also perfectly explains why socks are constantly missing their matching pair. The age-old mystery solved!

 

*Hedgehogs hate the cold and hibernate in the winter. They also pretty much lose the will to live in temperatures below 60F if they don't get to hibernate so...(yes, I realize I'm nitpicking a children's book with sentient hedgehogs besties, but I can't help it. )

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review 2016-01-10 16:12
Too Many Carrots
Too Many Carrots (Capstone Young Readers) - Katy Hudson

**An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

 

A nice little picture book, with charming and detailed illustrations, in which a carrot-hoarding rabbit learns that hoarding has poor results, and also that sharing is caring. The story isn't anything new, but it is presented in a cute way.

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review 2016-01-02 15:47
Interstellar Cinderella
Interstellar Cinderella - Deborah Underwood,Meg Hunt

I keep hearing this book thrown around, uttered in the same breath as "feminist". This doesn't make any sense to me. This is just a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella in which the only difference is that Cinderella says she's too young for marriage, but will be his chief mechanic.

Cinder in Winter, anyone?

(spoiler show)

To me, that was her saying, we'll still be friends and when I get older, our relationship might lead beyond friendship, but I'm not ready for it right now. How exactly is that specifically "feminist"? That's just normal behavior, especially considering that she's really too young to get married. There's no agenda behind it, to me anyways.

 

Anyways, super cute and the illustrations look like Disney concept art, which should come as no surprise, since the illustrator has worked for Disney, Pixar, and assorted other animation companies.

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review 2015-07-09 06:03
Lumberjanes Vol 1
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke A. Allen

Imagine a Girl Scouts' summer camp for hardcore lady types set in the small town of Gravity Falls, with essences of an all-female Gaang. And that's Lumberjanes.

Really fantastic art, with some quirky yet lovable characters, and zany goings-on. Much like Gravity Falls, don't question WHY there are three-eyed foxes, a sea monster in the lake, or boy scouts possessed...just follow the cryptic clues at every turn. Another thing I liked is that it's feminist, yes, but not feminazi. It's as feminism should be, but so rarely is.

Complaints consist of 1). The weird lesbian girl-crush between Mal and Molly, but it's fairly easy to look past. Still, though, not only that, but they're middle-graders. It's creepy. And 2). Part of the Lumberjanes pledge is:

then there's a line about God, or whatever

which is just a sad representation of our culture, however true.

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