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message 1: by Flannery (new)

Flannery This book is totally whackadoo. I started it the other day but set it aside for a few days. What are you thinking of it?


message 2: by Catie (new)

Catie I'm listening to it on audio right now - did you try the audio or the print version? I've heard there are cool illustrations in the print version.... Well, it's narrated by Bahni Turpin and she's one of my all time favorite narrators, so I am liking all of the crazy voices that she does. So far it strikes me that this is a bit like Christopher Moore for kids. There have been some funny parts...not totally sure what I think yet!


message 3: by Flannery (new)

Flannery I have the book and I am enjoying the illustrations--they are interspersed randomly in the text and I find that it is helping me visualize the weird descriptions. I've never seen it on audio at the library. Hmm. Looking forward to find out what you end up thinking about it!


message 4: by Flannery (new)

Flannery Aye aye, Captain!


message 5: by Catie (new)

Catie Normally I wouldn't feel right about listening to a graphic novel...but one of my friends raved about the narration and it's living up to her praise so far.


message 6: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana How do you listen to a graphic novel?


message 7: by Catie (new)

Catie Without the pictures :( But, Bahni Turpin makes the audiobook worth it, IMO.


message 8: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I mean, does a reader describe what is in the pictures? I can't quite get how it works...


message 9: by Catie (new)

Catie Well, from what I gather (without having the print book, it's hard to know for sure), she read the text surrounding the illustrations and the text of J.Lo's comics that are interspersed through out. I didn't feel like I was missing too much, but I could be totally wrong. She does a fabulous job with the voices.


message 10: by Catie (new)

Catie This one is more like Leviathan, I think - with pictures more supporting the text, and not acting as stand alone advancements of the plot. If that makes sense.


message 11: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Catie wrote: "This one is more like Leviathan, I think - with pictures more supporting the text, and not acting as stand alone advancements of the plot. If that makes sense."

Ah, ok.


message 12: by Kaethe (new)

Kaethe I read this aloud to the then 10 and 8 year olds and they thought it was a hoot. Sure, kids don't get everything, but neither does anyone else.


message 13: by Catie (new)

Catie That's great! This kind of reminds me of Sesame Street (I'm bringing this into a preschool frame of reference, ha). My kids are riveted by the show, but there's just as much in there for adults. I'd love to read this with my girls someday.


message 14: by Kaethe (new)

Kaethe Oh, you've got a lot of great reading aloud ahead of you! As far as I'm concerned it is the best thing about having kids.


message 15: by Catie (new)

Catie Yeah, I agree! My girls are just as addicted to books as I am. One of my two year old's first sentences was, "we go libary books?" Seriously!


message 16: by Kaethe (new)

Kaethe Awesome. I got my eldest her first library card at six months so we could check out more books for her (I wasn't going to use up all my book slots on board books). The weekly library visit is still a big deal to us.


message 17: by Catie (new)

Catie Us too - otherwise, I would go a little bit insane. It's so nice to have a new set of books to read to them every week.


message 18: by Kaethe (new)

Kaethe Indeed. Now that we're mostly out of picture books the actual number of items checked out each week has gone way down.


message 19: by Peep (Pop! Pop!) (new)

Peep (Pop! Pop!) I'm so glad you liked it Catie! I was beginning to think something was wrong with me for liking it so much.

And I agree, the narrator was excellent. Every so often one of J.Lo's phrases will pop in my head. Tip's mom. See?

I def laughed more than I thought I would. Hey, fellow library mom here! Unfortunately, our library was closed for renovation, though I think they should be open now (wonder why I didn't get an email?). In the meantime, we've been checking out digital books, but I think they like the physical books better.


message 20: by Kaethe (new)

Kaethe I like digital books just fine, but I do love me some big pictures.


message 21: by Peep (Pop! Pop!) (last edited Mar 25, 2011 12:55PM) (new)

Peep (Pop! Pop!) The problem is we read them on the computer, so it's not as fun when we read 10 in a row. Also, when it's picture books, the reader apps act weird. Sometimes it skips pages or won't turn. They like paper books better.

They don't mind Tumblebooks though. They love those.

Me? I love both equally, but I will admit that I may have developed some time of Kindle dependency. Tragic, so tragic. First step, you know.


message 22: by Catie (new)

Catie My girls have never tried ebooks (they would have to pry the ereader out of my clenched fists first...). But, I did notice that my library just posted a ton of kids' books.

I also have been laughing all day long, at random & awkward moments, as I suddenly remember a line from J-Lo. I was trying to explain some of them to my husband but I fully realize that I just sound ridiculous...oh well. I am forcing him to listen to it on our next road trip. I love that part where he eats the Coke..."mmmm, spicy!"


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