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review 2017-08-13 06:42
Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper by Marcia Brown
Cinderella - Marcia Brown

Genre: Fairy Tale / Fantasy / Royalty

Year Published: 1954

Year Read: 2010

Publisher:   Charles Scribner's Sons

 

 

Cinderella

“Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is the winner of the Caldecott Medal and is one of the earlier books by Marcia Brown that retells the French fairy tale “Cinderella” about how a miserable girl named Cinderella tries to go to the grand ball with the help of her fairy godmother. “Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is clearly one of Marcia Brown’s most memorable books yet!

Marcia Brown has indeed created many children’s books throughout her life. Imagine my surprise and excitement when I read her first children’s book! Marcia Brown has made this version of Cinderella much more tame than in the other versions of “Cinderella” I have seen as Cinderella’s stepsisters in this version seem a bit nicer to Cinderella by easily telling Cinderella about their time at the ball, although they still maintained their cruel nature by teasing Cinderella about not going to the ball, which is a bit unusual for in most versions that I have read of “Cinderella,” the stepsisters were always mean to Cinderella regardless of the situation that Cinderella was in. Marcia Brown’s illustrations are truly beautiful and simplistic in this version of the classic fairy tale as Cinderella truly looks beautiful with her wavy golden hair and beautiful black eyes. Also, the illustrations are a bit simplistic due to the fact that there is barely any color in the background, but the color is mainly focused on the characters, which allows the characters to stand out more, which I have never seen done in any other book that have simplistic illustrations.

Cinderella

“Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is a brilliant retelling of the classic fairy tale that I think will be more suitable to children who want to read the more tame version of the fairy tale and will be a great hit for children everywhere. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book other than the stepsisters’ poor behavior towards Cinderella.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-08-13 06:41
Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper by Marcia Brown
Cinderella - Marcia Brown

Genre: Fairy Tale / Fantasy / Royalty

Year Published: 1954

Year Read: 2010

Publisher:   Charles Scribner's Sons

 

 

Cinderella

“Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is the winner of the Caldecott Medal and is one of the earlier books by Marcia Brown that retells the French fairy tale “Cinderella” about how a miserable girl named Cinderella tries to go to the grand ball with the help of her fairy godmother. “Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is clearly one of Marcia Brown’s most memorable books yet!

Marcia Brown has indeed created many children’s books throughout her life. Imagine my surprise and excitement when I read her first children’s book! Marcia Brown has made this version of Cinderella much more tame than in the other versions of “Cinderella” I have seen as Cinderella’s stepsisters in this version seem a bit nicer to Cinderella by easily telling Cinderella about their time at the ball, although they still maintained their cruel nature by teasing Cinderella about not going to the ball, which is a bit unusual for in most versions that I have read of “Cinderella,” the stepsisters were always mean to Cinderella regardless of the situation that Cinderella was in. Marcia Brown’s illustrations are truly beautiful and simplistic in this version of the classic fairy tale as Cinderella truly looks beautiful with her wavy golden hair and beautiful black eyes. Also, the illustrations are a bit simplistic due to the fact that there is barely any color in the background, but the color is mainly focused on the characters, which allows the characters to stand out more, which I have never seen done in any other book that have simplistic illustrations.

Cinderella

“Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is a brilliant retelling of the classic fairy tale that I think will be more suitable to children who want to read the more tame version of the fairy tale and will be a great hit for children everywhere. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book other than the stepsisters’ poor behavior towards Cinderella.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-08-03 11:34
Zwerge, die Gartenzwerge sammeln
Der Schädelschmied - Jens Lossau,Jens Schumacher

Mit dem Aufkauf des Verlages Egmont LYX durch Bastei Lübbe wurde die Ausrichtung des Verlagsprogramms umgestellt. Der Imprint ist nun auf Romantik spezialisiert. Pff. Dadurch mussten einige Autor_innen und Reihen ein neues Zuhause finden, darunter auch Jens Lossau und Jens Schumacher mit ihrer High Fantasy-Krimi – Reihe „Die Fälle des IAIT“. Glücklicherweise kamen sie bei einem Verlag unter, der meiner Meinung nach hervorragend zu ihnen passt: Feder & Schwert. Ich möchte mich von Herzen bei Feder & Schwert bedanken, dass sie die Weiterführung der Reihe ermöglichen. Es wäre zu schade gewesen, Meister Hippolit und Jorge den Troll niemals wiederzusehen.

 

Nur einmal nach Herzenslust in einem edlen Puff verwöhnt werden, mehr wünscht sich Jorge der Troll nicht. Aber nein, natürlich kommt ihm genau dann, wenn es am schönsten ist, sein Job in die Quere. In Barlyn, einer unterirdischen Minenstadt der Zwerge, wurde der bedeutende Schürfminister Borkudd tot in seinem Büro aufgefunden. Ein einzelner dahingeschiedener Zwerg wäre für das IAIT noch lange kein Grund, ihr wichtigstes Ermittlerduo unter Tage zu schicken, wären die Umstände seines Todes nicht äußerst merkwürdig. Das Büro des Ministers glich einer hermetisch verriegelten Festung. Nichts kam rein, nichts kam raus. Trotzdem befinden sich in Borkudds Schädel mehr als 20 Stahlnägel. Handelt es sich um einen überaus umständlichen Selbstmord? Oder wurde der Zwerg thaumaturgisch abgemurkst? Besteht vielleicht sogar ein Zusammenhang zu den Gerüchten eines furchteinflößenden Monsters, das in den Minen sein Unwesen treiben soll? Die Wahrheit ist tief vergraben, doch wenn jemand sie ausbuddeln kann, dann sind es Meister Hippolit und Jorge der Troll!

 

Zu Beginn meiner Rezension möchte ich mich dieses Mal direkt an meine deutschen Leser_innen wenden: seid ihr empfindlich, was eure Nationalität betrifft? Reagiert ihr pikiert, wenn das deutsche Volk und unsere speziellen Eigenheiten kräftig durch den Kakao gezogen werden? Fühlt ihr euch in eurem Patriotismus leicht beleidigt? Dann muss ich euch an dieser Stelle vehement von „Der Schädelschmied“ abraten. Der dritte Band der „Fälle des IAIT“ ist eine fleischgewordene, wild mutierte Parodie auf Deutschland und die deutsche Mentalität. Die gesamte Stadt Barlyn ist ein erschreckend genaues, wenn auch hemmungslos überspitztes Abbild meines Heimatlandes. Wer hätte gedacht, dass Zwerge und Deutsche so viel gemeinsam haben? Lächerliche Bürokratie, kleinliche Pedanterie, absolute Hingabe dem Beruf gegenüber, tadellose Arbeitsmoral, eine ungesunde Vorliebe für Bier, alberne, traditionelle Kleidung, seltsame Musik und große, sabbernde Hunde. Ich hätte mich kugeln können vor Lachen. Natürlich sind die Parallelen so offensichtlich, dass es geschmacklos ist. Natürlich bewegen sich Jens Lossau und Jens Schumacher weit entfernt von jeglicher politischen Korrektheit. Aber ich fand es großartig. Wo, wenn nicht in der Literatur, dürfen Deutsche ungestraft über ihr Land herziehen, Klischees ausschlachten und einen taktlosen Witz nach dem anderen reißen? Ich nehme dem Autorenduo ihre Selbstironie kein bisschen übel, im Gegenteil, ich feiere sie dafür. Ich meine, die Zwerge in Barlyn sammeln Gartenzwerge. Zwerge, die Gartenzwerge sammeln. Noch einmal langsam und mit Gefühl: Zwerge. Die. Gartenzwerge. Sammeln. Ich habe so gelacht, dass ich fast von der Couch gerutscht wäre. Ich kichere immer noch. Meister Hippolit und Jorge, die vermutlich ohnehin das skurrilste Ermittlerpaar aller Zeiten sind, in diese Stadt zu schicken, war ein Geniestreich. Sie passen dort so wenig hin, dass die Absurditäten vorprogrammiert sind. Es beginnt bereits damit, dass Jorge als Troll für einfach alles viel zu groß ist und mit seinem herrlich ordinären, unzensierten Mundwerk überall aneckt. M.H. hingegen ist bei weitem zu ungeduldig für den bürokratischen Albtraum, der ihnen bevorsteht, außerdem stolpern sie unter Tage auch noch über einen alten Rivalen, der ihn wunderbar zur Weißglut treibt. Die Zwerge dachten sich nämlich „Viel hilft viel“ und forderten nicht nur die Agenten des IAIT an, um den barbarischen Tod des Schürfministers aufzuklären, sondern zusätzlich zwei weitere Parteien. Demzufolge entsteht eine bizarre Wettbewerbssituation zwischen den Ermittlerteams, die ich allerdings, wenn auch unterhaltsam, etwas lästig fand. Es war zwar interessant und aufschlussreich, Details aus Hippolits Vergangenheit vor dem verpatzten Zauber zu erfahren, doch für mich bestand nie ein Zweifel, dass die beiden anderen Teams ihm und Jorge sowieso nicht das Wasser reichen können. Schon gar nicht bei diesem extrem verzwickten Fall, den ich wieder einmal nicht allein lösen konnte, obwohl einige meiner Mutmaßungen die korrekte Richtung einschlugen.

 

Ich glaube, bisher ist „Der Schädelschmied“ mein liebster Band aus der Reihe „Die Fälle des IAIT“. Ich fand ihn auf jeden Fall besser als den zweiten Band „Der Orksammler“, weil Lossau und Schumacher dieses Mal wirklich alles aus ihrem höchstamüsanten Setting herausgeholt und sogar einen dezenten Fortsetzungscharakter bewerkstelligt haben. Mittlerweile habe ich mich auch damit abgefunden, dass ich die Beziehung zwischen M.H. und Jorge wohl nie ganz verstehen werde und akzeptiere sie einfach, wie sie ist. Ich bin begeistert von der überspannten Beschreibung des deutschen Volkes seitens des Autorenduos und ihrer schonungslosen, plakativen, schelmischen Zurschaustellung nationaler Klischees. Für einige Leser_innen wäre es vielleicht zu viel der augenzwinkernden Kritik im hanswurstigen Gewand, doch ich bin felsenfest davon überzeugt, in diesem Rahmen ist „zu viel“ gerade gut genug. Wenn ich Meister Hippolit und Jorge besuche, will ich Tränen lachen und flache, kindische Witze genießen. Ich wiederhole es noch einmal, weil es so schön war: Zwerge, die Gartenzwerge sammeln. Gott, darüber werde ich noch jahrelang feiern.

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review 2017-07-25 10:00
loved this, excellent narration
Setting the Hook - Andrew Grey
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my AUDIO copy of this book. William hires Mike's fishing boat twice a year to just get away from it all., from the job he has begun to hate. Running the family business was never what he wanted to do. His time on Mike's boat is precious, because it's MIKE he comes for, not really the fishing. Mike looks forward to William's visits, because he has had feelings for William since that first time. But he could never act on those feelings. Living and working in a small town has major draw backs and he has his daughter and his mother to look out for. It takes a hurricane for these men to act on their feelings and there is a lot of water to cross before they can be truly happy. Andrew Grey has a way of writing that no other has, and I LOVED this first book in a new series. William has feelings for Mike and vice versa. One bolt of lightening, one heated look and its only a matter of time before they finally give in to their feelings. I understood Mike's hesitancy to out himself, he has his daughter and his mother to look after but it had been so very very long since Mike allowed himself to feel, to have a connection to a man, and he really couldn't fight any more. And its beautiful, their coming together, really it is!! I love William's mum and dad turning up on his "vacation" and Mike's reaction to William telling his parents of their relationship was a priceless moment! I also love the unexpected turn of events for his parents, and how that made William see them in a different light. Couple questions I am left with though. It never fully explains about Mike's friend in the Navy, and what happened to him. While I can piece it mostly together, I would like to have had the full details. And the coin Mike's daughter found? What happened with that. Bonus points for not shortening William to Will, not once! AUDIO review. Greg Tremblay narrates. And, really, need I say more? I mean, the man could narrate the bloody phone book, and I'd love it! I love the way Tremblay has with voices. William and his parents are very proper and upper class, and Mike, his daughter and mom are much softer, smoother voices. It makes for easy listening, because I don't have to concentrate too hard on making out who is speaking and I can just lose myself in the narration. Tremblay's reading voice is clear and even, and you can feel the emotions coming off each man. A true joy to listen to. 5 stars for the book 5 stars for the narration 5 stars overall. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-19 18:45
Well this one caught my attention...hook, line & sinker...
Setting the Hook - Andrew Grey

'Setting the Hook' is the first book in Andrew Grey's latest series 'Love's Charter' and I do have to admit it's been a while since I've enjoyed one of this author's books as much as this one.

 

William Westmoreland has a high pressure life in Rhode Island. Helping his father run the family business and trying to live up to the expectations of his parents. Who I have to admit in spit of everything else were at least accepting of William's sexuality.  William's only bit of self indulgence is his twice a year trips to Florida to charter on Mike Jansen's fishing boat where he can relax, catch some fish and enjoy the scenery...all of the scenery.  But he's never done more than look.

 

Mike runs his charter fishing service so he can provide for his mother and daughter and he keeps everything else firmly locked in the closet to ensure that they stay safe. Following his heart isn't an option in Mike's eyes. 

 

Neither of these men are looking for a relationship. For different reasons each man's life is ruled by fear making love a complication that they just don't have room for. William doesn't have time and lives in fear of letting his father down...Mike lives in fear of what he could lose if he follows his heart. 

 

When Mother Nature steps in and forces these two men together they begin to realize that they can no more fight their feelings than they can the storm raging outside and keeping William in Florida.

 

The relationship between these two wasn't a direct line to happily ever after for either of them. There was the real world to deal with, choices and decisions to be made and none of it was easy for them. William returned to Rhode Island to the life that he felt he couldn't escape and this was when he realized that it was a life he couldn't and didn't want to continue to live. At the same time Mike began to realize that while he loved his mother and daughter and wouldn't change anything that had happened in the past he needed to find a way to redefine his future and still provide for them and keep them safe.

 

These men and their story worked for me. Things weren't easily resolved for them and at times the floundered but I loved that they were both willing to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and keep trying, keep working to find a way to be together and create a life together. 

 

As well as letting their fears rule their lives, both William and Mike treasure their family in their own way. Mike's mom is loving, strong and supportive and does her best to help him raise his daughter. At the same time she sees so much more of her son and who he is than he realizes and truly wants the best for them. 

 

William's parents were a bit more complicated and at the beginning I can honestly say I was not a fan and while I never fully warmed up to them as the story progressed I came to appreciate the potential that was beginning to grow as his parents began to change and see that the life there son was leading was neither the life he wanted or needed. Throughout the story there was conflict between William and his parents as he struggled to change his life so he could be with Mike. I liked that we got to see things between William and his parents start to improve. It was nice to read a story where a child and his parents were able to work through their conflicts come out on the other side with a stronger relationship rather than being alienated from each other.

 

Greg Tremblay was the narrator for this story and as always he did not disappoint. The voices worked for me, they were expressive and conveyed emotion giving depth and life to the story.  Mr. Tremblay is definitely one of my favorite narrators, his audio books without fail 

 

'Setting the Hook' has given a solid start to this series and I'm definitely looking forward to continuing with 'Love's Charter' and seeing whose story will come next.

 

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An audio book of 'Setting the Hook' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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