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review 2017-12-13 09:01
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book written by Alice Kuipers and illustrated by Diana Toledano
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book: Book 1... Polly Diamond and the Magic Book: Book 1 - Alice Kuipers,Diana Toledano
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book written by Alice Kuipers and illustrated by Diana Toledano is a children's book written for ages four to eight years.
 
Polly loves words and writing stories and lists. She believes amazing things happen in threes. Her mother is expecting another baby, so her three-year-old sister, Anna (the sparkle princess) moved into Polly's room. She's not happy about it.
 
Her father is a contractor and always has a project going in the house. Polly's new magic book allows her to make things happen that she writes. She's imaginative and creative. It is a fun story to read. I gave it five stars.
 
I received an Advanced Reading Copy from Chronicle Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
 
It is in pre-order status until May 18, 2018 so I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
 
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Polly-Diamond-Magic-Book/dp/1452152322
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review 2017-11-04 15:53
An Inuit Folk Tale, Fish-Boy As told by Vanita Oelschlager
Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk Tale - Mike Blan... Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk Tale - Mike Blanc,Vanita Oelschlager
An Inuit Folk Tale, Fish-Boy As told by Vanita Oelschlager with art by Mike Blanc is a charming children's story written for grades one to four. It also covers multi-cultural information. I gave it four stars.
 
"Soon we will go to the two island the white trader calls 'Diomedes.' They lie between our land and the big land where the fathers of our fathers' fathers' fathers came from."
 
I received a complimentary copy from Vanita Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
 
This book is in pre-order status until May 1, 2018 so I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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review 2017-09-01 15:26
Holy Moly The Colors
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

I am reading this for "In The Dark, Dark Woods": Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.  

 

Besides the woods on the cover of the book two of the stories that I've read have the woods depicted in the panels.

 

This was brilliant. I loved all the stories, writing, and the panels were awesome. And I also scared myself so badly at one point I put this way and kept jumping at shadows. 

 

"An Introduction" sets the mood for this collection.  Why I started reading this in the dark with only the TV flickering I will never know.

 

"Our Neighbor's House" what a grim story. The slowly building tension to this one was great. Of course I had guesses about the neighbor.

 

"A Lady's Hands Are Cold" another take on the Bluebeard legend. Really enjoyed this. The song repeated throughout the panels became more and more sinister. 

 

"His Face All Red" I thought this was smartly done. We have a man who is wary of his brother, and we find out why. I kept waiting for something to leap out of the panel.

 

"My Friend Janna" a very good story. Reminded me a bit of the trouble the women had in that movie Ouija board. 

 

"The Nesting Place" a young woman doesn't take warnings to stay out of the woods seriously enough.

 

"In Conclusion" another take of Little Red Riding Hood.

 

The other stories in this collection besides "A Lady's Hands are Cold" and "In Conclusion" I am not sure of the original fairy tale or folk lore they came from.

 

I really enjoyed the writing, and the flow from story to story. I have to say the colors really popped and reading this on my Kindle was great because the way that the Kindle was set up was once you double tap the panel and enlarged it, you would get to see the full panel and then it would focus in on the different parts that you should read. So it was kind of like watching a cartoon, a silent cartoon which was giving me the willies the whole time. See below for some of the panels.

 

 

 

Definitely going to check out more works by this author!

 

 

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text 2017-09-01 14:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

I'm going to have to seek out more works by this author. The stories were so creepy and I loved the drawing and colors. I just wish it had been longer. 

 

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text 2017-09-01 12:23
Reading progress update: I've read 44%.
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

I am reading this for "In The Dark, Dark Woods": Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.  

 

Well besides the woods on the cover of the book two of the stories that I've read have the woods depicted in the panels.

 

I started this last night is scared the living daylights out of myself. I had to stop and I had to put on something happy on my television.

 

I'm reading this right now my Kindle Fire and it's so good. The way it works is once you start a panel it just automatically keeps showing all the other panels as long as you flick your fingers. So it's like I'm watching a really disturbing cartoon. I love the stories. I love the colors. Everything is so good.

 

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