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review 2017-05-30 14:18
Art and Max - David Wiesner 
Art and Max - David Wiesner

Wiesner does the most amazing things with the picture book format. I'm dazzled by his virtuosity in so many styles. I'm awed by the humor he manages to imbue every picture with. If you haven't checked out any of his work, it's probably because you're an adult who doesn't read picture books, because they're for kids. Pish, tosh. There is a narrative here, but like the best cartoons, it's going to sail right over the heads of children. Go, get a stack of his books and just wallow in the artistry. And laugh. And shake your head, and then you'll grab someone and say, "you've got to see this."

Library copy

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review 2017-05-29 04:08
Skios - Michael Frayn
Skios - Michael Frayn

  

Wow! I can't think when I last read a farce, let alone enjoyed one. Probably it was Noises Off. It's difficult to maintain the suspension of disbelief in a text; in a play or film the pace of the action doesn't give one time to consider just how silly, how contrived, how unnatural the whole exercise is. And because Frayn is very skilled, he keeps one from dwelling on how absurd it is, while never forgetting for an instant just how absurd it is.

I don't think I actually laughed out loud, but I loved every silly minute of it.

Library copy

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review 2017-03-04 22:57
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi - John Scalzi,Natalie Metzger

I'm hoping that this id the gateway book for the rest of the family. So far I haven't talked two of them into anything, and the one who's enjoyed the hell out of Your Hatemail Will Be Graded, hasn't bestirred herself to sample the fiction. Of course she could find the time to read Handmaid's Tale a third time in preparation for for her exam, but does Agent to the Stars get even a cursory glance? I really thought the daughters would go for Zoe's Tale or Fuzzy Nation, but not a nibble. Big sigh.

library copy

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review 2017-02-08 21:25
A Child of Books - Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
A Child of Books - Oliver Jeffers,Sam Winston,Oliver Jeffers,Sam Winston

An entire picture book expanding on the concrete visualization demonstrated in “A Mouse’s Tale” in Alice in Wonderland. Of course I love it. Who among us does not feel like a (former) Child made of Books? Well then. Library copy

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