Now, I will admit that when I saw little wooden puppets on the cover of this book, I was truly intrigued, since I enjoy reading books that deal with p
Now, I will admit that when I saw little wooden puppets on the cover of this book, I was truly intrigued, since I enjoy reading books that deal with puppets in general (whether the puppets are cute or horrifying). “You Are Special” is a truly unique children’s book written by Max Lucado along with illustrations by Sergio Martinez that many children and adults will enjoy for the heartwarming message about being yourself.
Once upon a time, there was a little village where wooden people called the Wemmicks lived at and they were all created by a wood worker named Eli. One of the main activities that the Wemmicks participated in was putting on golden stars and gray dots on each other. The gold stars would represent how much talent that person would have, such as having smooth wood and fine paint on their bodies and being able to do spectacular tricks such as knowing big words and jumping over tall boxes. The gray dots would represent the less attractive side of each person, such as if their wood and paint is not pretty or if they cannot do any kind of spectacular stunts, then they are awarded a gray dot. One unfortunate wooden person named Punchinello was the one who was always getting gray dots due to him not being able to do any fantastic stunts and not having smooth wood and fine paint on himself. Punchinello was so upset about all this that he decided not to go out into the village for fear of being given a gray dot for no reason at all. One day, however Punchinello meets a wooden girl named Lucia who does not have any stars or dots on herself and when Punchinello wanted to know about why Lucia does not have any dots or stars on her, Lucia tells him that he should go see Eli.
What will Eli tell Punchinello?
Read this book to find out!
Now, when I saw the “10th Anniversary” golden badge on this book, I was wondering to myself about how come this book has such a badge on the cover, as books that usually have an anniversary badge on their cover would have to be pretty well known in the reading community. As it turns out, this book was pretty popular back in the late 1990s, it is just that I have not read this book until just recently and I honestly did enjoy the cute message of this book! Max Lucado’s writing is truly heartwarming and creative and I loved the fact that the main characters were little wooden people who all resemble the puppet characters from “Pinocchio” (heck, the main character Punchinello is similar to Pinocchio) since I always loved stories that involved puppets. I felt that having the main characters as wooden people really gave the book a creative flair that really made this book stand out from the other children’s books I had read. I also loved the way that Max Lucado presented the message of being happy with who you are no matter what other people say as Punchinello is mistreated by the other Wemmicks because of the fact that he keeps getting so many gray dots on his body. It was interesting seeing the parallels of prejudice in this book as the Wemmicks judge others by the amount of stars and dots they have on their bodies and it’s similar to how people in real life judge a person based on their accomplishments rather than who they truly are. Sergio Martinez’s artworks is truly beautiful to look at as the Wemmick population looks extremely creative since they are drawn as wooden people and yet they act like and move like human beings. I also loved how gorgeous the landscape looks as the Wemmick village truly stands out in this book as it looks like an old fashioned village from the Renaissance era and yet, it is unique due to the wooden people occupying the village.
The reason why I gave this book a four star rating was because even though I loved the message of this book, I felt that the book was a bit too slow in some parts and that sort of slowed down the story for me.
Overall, “You Are Special” is a great book for children who want to learn about the importance of being yourself and to remember that there are people that care about you, no matter what anyone else thinks. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
I had read many Japanese folktales over the years, but I had never read a folktale quite like this before! “The Samurai’s Daughter” is a Japanese folkI had read many Japanese folktales over the years, but I had never read a folktale quite like this before! “The Samurai’s Daughter” is a Japanese folktale that is retold by master storyteller Robert D. San Souci along with illustrations by Stephen T. Johnson and with these two elements combined; this is definitely one story that is worth reading!
Once upon a time on the east coast of Japan, there lived a loyal samurai who lived with his beautiful daughter, Tokoyo. When Tokoyo was young, her father used to teach her everything about being a samurai and Tokoyo would learn how to defend herself in battle. However, when Tokoyo got older, her father decided to teach her to be more ladylike, which Tokoyo did not enjoy doing. One tragic day however, the ruler of Japan decided to banish Tokoyo’s father to the Oki Islands due to suffering from a mental illness and Tokoyo is forced to separate from her father. After this incident, Tokoyo decided to journey to the Oki Islands by herself in order to reunite with her father.
Will Tokoyo be able to reunite with her father while facing all kinds of danger on her journey?
Read this book to find out!
Wow! I cannot believe that I have never read this book before! I have always loved Robert D. San Souci’s retellings of many folktales and fairy tales as Robert D. San Souci’s narrations were always intriguing to read and this book was definitely no exception! I loved the way that Robert D. San Souci wrote Tokoyo’s character as Tokoyo is shown as being a strong and independent woman who was willing to go through any kind of danger in order to reunite with her father and I really loved the fact that Tokoyo learned how to fight like a samurai as it made her into a truly unique and strong character. I love the way that this story compares strongly to “Mulan,” as both stories take place in an Asian setting (“Mulan” in China and “The Samurai’s Daughter” in Japan) and both have strong female protagonists who are willing to go through so much danger in order to protect their loved ones (Mulan enters the army to save her father and Tokoyo travels to the Oki Islands to reunite with her father). Stephen T. Johnson’s artwork is truly beautiful as the artwork is done in pastel paintings and they really give an authentic Japanese feel to the story that made me feel like I am actually visiting ancient Japan through these illustrations! I loved the way that Stephen T. Johnson drew the ocean and the characters themselves as they look truly gorgeous and really complement greatly to the story.
Overall, “The Samurai’s Daughter” is a truly fantastic book for anyone who loves strong female protagonists and loves reading about ancient Japan! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the length of this book might be a bit tiresome for smaller children.
Man, I just cannot put down Rumiko Takahashi’s newest work “Rin-Ne” for nothing! This series continues to be extremely interesting and much differentMan, I just cannot put down Rumiko Takahashi’s newest work “Rin-Ne” for nothing! This series continues to be extremely interesting and much different from Rumiko Takahashi’s other works that I just cannot wait to see where this series take the characters next!
Sakura Mamiya and Rinne Rokudo still have adventures dealing with the afterlife, even in this volume. But one day, an old childhood friend of Sakura’s named Tsubasa Jumonji moves into town and wanted to go on a date with Sakura! At first, Sakura was wondering how Rinne would feel about this and even though Rinne told Sakura that he does not care about Tsubasa’s feelings for Sakura, it seems that Rinne just might have feelings for Sakura…
This volume was pretty interesting as a standalone volume, as I liked the fact that Rumiko Takahashi introduced a new character in this volume in the form of Tsubasa Jumonji. I honestly think that Rumiko Takahashi did a brilliant job at portraying Tsubasa’s character as Tsubasa is a pretty interesting character as he is the only other character (besides Sakura and Rinne) who can see the spirits in the world of the living and like Rinne, can fight them off (even though he is not as good at defeating spirits as Rinne is). Even though I have seen the formula about a love triangle forming between the characters being played out before in Rumiko Takahashi’s other works (especially “Ranma ½” and “Inuyasha”), it was still interesting seeing a relationship develop between Sakura and Rinne and I would like to see their relationship develop even further in future volumes. Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork is as usual unique and gorgeous to look at, especially the scenes of Rinne and the gang seeing various spirits pop up in the world of the living and the spirits look so unnatural compared to the human characters which really brings out the creativity of this series.
Like the previous volumes, this volume does have some scary images, including images of spirits menacing the main characters. However, due to the comedic tone of this volume, some readers might be able to get through the volume.
Overall, “Rin-Ne Volume Three” is a truly interesting standalone volume that anyone who is a huge fan of Rumiko Takahashi’s works and anyone who loves the “Rin-Ne” series in general!
I have read many African folktales and I had enjoyed a good majority of them! So, imagine my surprise when I picked up a new children’s book called “RI have read many African folktales and I had enjoyed a good majority of them! So, imagine my surprise when I picked up a new children’s book called “Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion,” which is a Swahili tale retold by Verna Aardema along with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney and it is definitely one story that every child should read!
The story starts out with the honey guide telling Rabbit about how it found some tasty honey in a calabash tree and Rabbit decides to invite her friends Bush-rat and Turtle to dine on the honey. Unfortunately, the calabash tree belongs to Lion and he is not happy about having a couple of pests eating honey out of his tree! So, in order to escape from being eaten by Lion and getting the honey at the same time, Rabbit and her friends end up tricking Lion into various situations that allow them to get the honey, making a monkey out of Lion!
Will Lion finally get Rabbit?
Read this book to find out!
I have read many books written by Verna Aardema and I always enjoyed the way that Verna Aardema is able to retell many ancient folktales and make them so mesmerizing to read! Well, this book was no different and I really loved the way that Verna Aardema was able to combine both humor and drama into this story as you laugh whenever Rabbit tricks Lion and get scared when you think that Lion will eat Rabbit. I loved the fact that this story is reminiscent of Uncle Remus’ “Brer Rabbit” tales as both stories involves the main protagonist being a rabbit and tricking their enemies to get out of dangerous situations. Jerry Pinkney’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at as the characters look truly realistic and I always loved seeing the scenes where Lion is chasing Rabbit right after she tricks him in order to escape as they look truly vibrant.
Overall, “Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion” is another fantastic African folktale from the great mind of Verna Aardema and anyone who loves reading about African folktales should definitely check this book out! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
After I just read the first volume of Rumiko Takahashi’s latest work “Rin-Ne,” I was dying to read the rest of this series and I managed to pick up thAfter I just read the first volume of Rumiko Takahashi’s latest work “Rin-Ne,” I was dying to read the rest of this series and I managed to pick up the second volume and I enjoyed this volume as much as the first volume!
Sakura Mamiya and Rinne Rokudo continue to go on even more adventures that deal with the afterlife, including trying to help an Ochimusha Ghost find his lost love and helping the ghost of a school girl that drowned in the swimming pool move on to the afterlife. Later on, however, Sakura and Rinne end up meeting a young man who is a devil named Masato who is plotting his vengeance on Rinne by stealing the soul of a comatose teenage boy and sending him to debt hell!
Can Rinne rescue the boy’s soul before it is too late?
Read this volume to find out!
Wow! This volume was just as hilarious and exciting as the first volume! I just loved the way that Rumiko Takahashi is able to combine humor, drama and horror into this series so far, as it makes the storytelling even more interesting and unique to read and I just love the way that each character is being written. I love the fact that Rinne and Sakura’s relationship is not as aggressive as Rumiko Takahashi’s other works like “Inuyasha” and “Ranma ½” as it made them really stand out from Rumiko Takahashi’s other couples and I enjoy seeing Rinne and Sakura working together to get the ghosts back to the afterlife while trying to learn more about each other. What I really loved about this volume is that we are finally getting some kind of story arc in this series as the story line that involved Masato seems to implicate that there will be more trouble for Rinne and Sakura up ahead and that Masato might be one of the first threats that Rinne has to face in his adventures and I am curious to see how that will play out in future volumes. Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork continues to be gorgeous and creative as the scenes of Debt Hell are amusing to look at as Hell in this volume is depicted as a casino rather than a terrifying place where demons and monsters run rampant in a fiery pit.
Even though there are not as much scary images in this volume as in the last volume, the fact that this series has some scenes of the afterlife might disturb some readers who might find some of the demons in this book a bit disturbing to look at.
Overall, “Rin-Ne Volume Two” is a fantastic follow up to the first volume of this intriguing series and I definitely cannot wait to check out the rest of the volumes in this series!
Now, I have read many paranormal romance novels by different authors, but I must admit that “Shadow Game,” the first book in Christine Feehan’s “GhostNow, I have read many paranormal romance novels by different authors, but I must admit that “Shadow Game,” the first book in Christine Feehan’s “Ghost Walker” series was the first time I had ever read any of Christine Feehan’s works! This is really surprising to me because even though I saw like a million books written by Christine Feehan at my local library, I never once thought about picking up any of her books and now I seriously wished I had!
Peter Whitney was a renowned scientist who was able to create an experiment that would help enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron in the military and his equally brilliant daughter Lily Whitney would help out on his accomplishments. One tragic day however, Peter Whitney starts to notice that something was going wrong with his experiments as the subjects in question, a group of soldiers who volunteered for this experiment which among them included Captain Ryland Miller, were suddenly dying of mysterious circumstances. When Peter Whitney discovered about who was sabotaging his experiments, he ends up being murdered before he was able to tell his daughter Lily everything about his experiments. Luckily, since Lily is a telepath herself, her father was able to communicate with her that she needs to check out the videos of his experiments in order to right the wrongs he had done in the past before he died. Now, Lily is determined to discover the dark secret of her father’s experiments while trying to figure out who murdered her father. But in order to learn more about his experiments, Lily has to try to release the soldiers who were being experimented on and there she meets the strong willed Captain Ryland Miller, who she immediately begins to fall in love with. Lily and Ryland will soon discover that there is more between them then just a telepathic attraction with each other as they discover the dark secrets of Peter Whitney’s experiments together.
Wow! I seriously cannot believe that I had not read any of Christine Feehan’s books before this one! Christine Feehan had done a brilliant job at writing this book as the relationships between each character felt so real and raw and I really enjoyed the bantering between the characters, especially between Ryland and Lily! I also loved the way that Christine Feehan managed to mix romance and action into this book as I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat trying to see if Lily and Ryland discovered who murdered Peter Whitney while developing feelings for each other. What I loved the most about this book were the characters themselves as they were interesting and fun to read about, especially Lily and Ryland! Lily Whitney was such a fantastic heroine as she is smart and courageous and I loved the fact that she was willing to put her life on the line in order to right the wrongs of her father and protect Ryland and his men. I also loved the fact that she has so much scientific knowledge about the experiments that her father was engaged in as it showed how she is willing to use her intelligence to help the people she cared about. Oh man, Captain Ryland Miller, you wicked devil, you! I have to seriously say that Captain Ryland Miller is one of my most favorite heroes ever as I loved the way that he cares about Lily and is willing to do everything in his power to protect her from harm. I also loved his bantering with Lily as I just cannot help but giggle and feel tingly inside whenever he is being so sexy towards her. One of my favorite quotes from this book is this:
“Your name is Lily Whitney. You are the woman I want at my side night and day. I want you to be the mother of my children someday. I want you for my lover. I want you for the person I turn to when the world gets to be too much.”
For anyone who does not like language in a book, this book does have some language, although it is not as bad as some romance novels. Also, there are many scenes in this book where the characters are in danger of being murdered and that might be too intense for some people to handle.
Overall, “Shadow Game” is a truly fantastic read for fellow paranormal romance fans and I am definitely going to check out the rest of the “Ghost Walker” series!
I have been reading many children’s books by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith for many years now, which includes “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly S
I have been reading many children’s books by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith for many years now, which includes “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” and “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” and I had enjoyed most of their stories! So, when I finally stumbled upon one of their more recent collaborations, “Seen Art?” I just had to give this book a try!
The book starts off with a young boy looking for his friend Art and when he asked a lady about where his friend Art is, the lady said:
“MoMa?” asked the lady.
“Uh…no, he’s just a friend.”
“Just down Fifty-Third Street here. In that beautiful new building. You can’t miss it.”
So, the boy goes to the Museum of Modern Art to find his friend, but everywhere he goes, everyone keeps showing him a different painting or sculpture, instead of showing him where his friend is.
Will the boy be able to find his friend Art?
Read this book to find out!
Now, I will admit that when I first saw the cover of this book, I was thinking to myself that I might not like this book because the cover looked boring. Man, this really tells me to not judge a book by its cover as I really enjoyed this book and all the creativity being put into it! Jon Scieszka as always had done a brilliant job at writing this book as the humor is cute and witty and I loved seeing how the young boy is trying to tell everyone at the Museum that he only came there to look for his friend Art, but they keep on misunderstanding his concerns by showing him various artworks instead. Lane Smith’s artwork is truly surreal yet creative at the same time, as we are treated to having the real life artwork from the Museum of Modern Art pasted alongside Lane Smith’s own illustrations of the characters and it really brings out the creativity in this story! I also loved the fact that there is information about each artwork being used in this book at the back of this book as it helped me distinguish who had done each artwork, such as recognizing Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting “The Starry Night.”
Overall, “Seen Art?” is a truly creative book for children who enjoy the beauty of art and who are fans of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s works! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate about this book, unless the artwork is a little too strange for some children.
Now, I have been a huge fan of Rumiko Takahashi’s works for many years (with “Ranma ” and “Inuyasha” being my all-time favorites). So, when I heard th
Now, I have been a huge fan of Rumiko Takahashi’s works for many years (with “Ranma ½” and “Inuyasha” being my all-time favorites). So, when I heard that Rumiko Takahashi was making a brand new manga series called “Rin-ne,” my little fan girl heart just cried out in ecstasy since I have been dying to see more new works from Rumiko Takahashi and this volume of “Rin-ne” has definitely been worth reading!
When Sakura Mamiya was a child, she went to her Grandmother’s house and she ended up disappearing in the woods. She was able to return home all safe and sound, but in the meantime, she ended up getting the power to be able to see ghosts. Now Sakura is a much older high school student and she is getting used to her powers, although she wishes that the ghosts would stop pestering her. One day however, Rinne Rokudo, a student who has been absent since the start of the school year, finally arrives in class and it turns out that only Sakura can see Rinne and it seems that Rinne is able to see ghosts himself!
Who is this mysterious boy and what kind of adventures will Sakura go on with Rinne?
Read this volume to find out!
I have always been a huge fan of Rumiko Takahashi’s works and one of the things that I really enjoyed about Rumiko Takahashi’s works is that she is able to present the same scenario in each of her works (having the two main characters arguing with each other throughout the manga and then eventually fall in love with each other); and yet each theme to her works are different from each other, such as “Ranma ½” being all about martial arts, “Urusei Yatsura” being all about aliens and “Inuyasha” being all about demons. “Rin-ne” is no different from what I have read from Rumiko Takahashi’s works, even though the idea about this series taking place in the afterlife is new and extremely intriguing. I loved the way that Rumiko Takahashi manages to balance between horror and humor in this volume as the idea about a teenage girl being able to talk to ghosts is a creepy concept in of itself, but there is so much humor going on between Rinne and Sakura that the story is much more engaging to read rather than being outright scary. It seems that this series is a cross between “Ranma ½” and “Inuyasha” as it is much lighter in tone than “Inuyasha,” but it is a bit darker in tone than “Ranma ½.” However, this series was able to combine these elements by using “Ranma ½’s” boisterous humor and “Inuyasha’s” horror material to a truly intriguing extent! I also loved the fact that Rumiko Takahashi explains about the Japanese culture in the back of this volume as it helped me understand more about the Japanese terms used in this volume such as “hime” meaning “princess” and “yoroshiku” meaning “hello” or “best regards!” Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork is as usual gorgeous and hilarious to look at as I loved seeing the characters’ expressions on their faces whenever they are reacting to the strange events that happen around them and I always enjoyed seeing the images where the characters get involved in slapstick violence as it is truly hilarious to look at!
Just a bit of a warning for anyone who wants to try this series out; this volume has a bit of scary imagery, especially concerning some of the ghosts that both Rinne and Sakura meet up with and they might be creepy for some readers to handle. However, since this volume is full of comedy, it would be difficult to really be frightened of some of these images, especially if they are seen during the story’s more hilarious moments.
Overall, “Rin-ne Volume One” is a fantastic introduction to Rumiko Takahashi’s new series “Rin-ne” and I will definitely be looking out for the rest of this series in the near future!
After reading Jon Scieszka’s famous children’s books “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” and “The True Story of the Three Little Pig
After reading Jon Scieszka’s famous children’s books “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” and “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” I was really excited to check out some of Jon Scieszka’s latest works! Lo and behold, I happened to stumble upon one of Jon Scieszka’s most recent children’s book “Battle Bunny (or Birthday Bunny),” co-written by Mac Barnett along with illustrations by Matthew Myers (along with some help from Alex) and this was a pretty interesting read!
Story 1: Birthday Bunny
Today is a special day for Bunny as he realizes that today is his birthday and spends most of the story going to his friends Crow, Badger, Squirrel, Turtle and Bear and telling them that today is a special day indeed! Unfortunately, all of Birthday Bunny’s friends do not seem to realize that today is his birthday and Bunny is upset over this.
Will Bunny’s friends remember his birthday?
Story 2: Battle Bunny
Today is a special day for Battle Bunny as he starts plotting to take over the world by cutting down all of the trees in the forest! Battle Bunny meets up his enemies Crow, El Tejon the Badger Wrestler, Sergeant Squirrel of the Robot Police Force, Shaolin Bear and Ninja Turtle and he ends up beating up all of them. It seems that no one will be able to defeat Battle Bunny and his plans of world domination until a small boy named Alex steps up to take down Battle Bunny!
Will Alex save the day?
Read this book to find out what happens in both of these stories!
I have actually heard about this book through one of my book friends’ reviews and as I was reading their review on this book, I was immediately interested and I went right away to my library to pick up this book! This was probably one of the most creative picture books I had ever read as the format is quite unique from what I usually read from picture books. I loved the way that both Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett wrote this story as you have the story about Birthday Bunny being the actual story going on here while the story about Battle Bunny is the one that is being written over the “Birthday Bunny” story (with childlike drawings and multiple crossing out of words being shown in loving detail). I must admit that I enjoyed the “Battle Bunny” story a bit more than the “Birthday Bunny” story because well, the “Birthday Bunny” story is your typical “main character is celebrating their birthday with their friends” plot, while the “Battle Bunny” story is full of awesome moments of Battle Bunny battling his enemies while that was the story that was being written over the “Birthday Bunny” story with childlike drawings being drawn all over the pages! Matthew Myers’ artwork is truly creative and cute at some parts as the drawings of Birthday Bunny are drawn in a cute and realistic way while the artwork for Battle Bunny are drawn in stick figures and has militaristic accessories being drawn on the birthday bunny characters to make them all look tougher than how they are really drawn.
The reason why I gave this book a four star rating was because there were times where it was difficult to read through this book due to having to read two different stories going on at the same time. Now, this is a pretty creative way to write a story, but this might be pretty hard for some children to read through, especially if they are not used to reading two different stories going on at the same time.
Overall, “Battle Bunny (Birthday Bunny)” is a truly creative story for both children and adults to read as it is full of comedy and action that will last for years! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the writing style might confuse some children.
Now, you know that whenever you read fairy tales and folktales that have a “dark and spooky” forest in the plot, you are in for some s
Now, you know that whenever you read fairy tales and folktales that have a “dark and spooky” forest in the plot, you are in for some serious horror (as “Little Red Riding Hood” has shown and lo and behold, there is a story similar to “Little Red Riding Hood” in this graphic novel)! Well, the new graphic novel “Through the Woods” by Emily Carroll will definitely show you the true meaning of horror when it comes to going through the dark and spooky woods!
What is this story about?
In this graphic novel, there are a collection of five stories, including the introduction and the conclusion that are full of terror as the main characters encounter various horrors as they ventured into the woods. The five stories in this collection of horror stories are:
1. Our Neighbor’s House 2. A Lady’s Hands are Cold 3. His Face All Red 4. My Friend Janna 5. The Nesting Place
What I loved about this story:
Emily Carroll’s writing: Wow! Now, I will admit that I had never read a graphic novel quite like this before, even though I had read many graphic novels that dealt with horror. This graphic novel was a unique case as it combined fantasy with horror and the stories in this graphic novel were truly creative and haunting to read through! Emily Carroll’s writing was truly beautiful and haunting at the same time and I loved how the writing was written in a poetic sense as it gave the stories an old time feel while building up suspense for each characters’ situations. I also loved the fact that each story dealt with the main character discovering a terrible secret that often comes out of the woods and sometimes the characters could get out of those horrible situations while other times whatever horrible force comes out of the woods manages to get them no matter what and that brings a sense of scariness to the stories as we do not know what kind of force can come out of the woods at night. Emily Carroll had written many fantastic passages in this graphic novel that really grasps the intensity and dreamy atmosphere of the stories, but one passage that I particularly liked was during the story “A Lady’s Hands are Cold” that regards the death of a mysterious woman in the story:
“I married my love in the springtime, But by summer, he’d locked me away. He murdered me dead by the autumn, And by winter, I was naught but decay. It’s cold where I am and so lonely, But in loneliness I will remain, Unloved, unavenged and forgotten, Until I am whole once again.”
The artwork: Emily Carroll’s artwork in this graphic novel was truly stellar as the artwork looks quite creepy and creative and they really bring in the scariness of the stories in this collection. I loved the way that the woods always looked so scary and foreboding on every image as I truly get chills whenever I looked at the shadowed and twisted trees in the stories.
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
For anyone who does not like scary content dealing with supernatural horror elements, there are many scenes in this book where young children go wandering off into the forest by themselves and the fear that something bad will happen to them as the situations continue to rise up in each story. Also, many of the stories seem to end on an anticlimactic note as the stories end a bit abruptly before any real resolution is really solved. I probably would have preferred it if the graphic novel was a bit longer in their stories so that way the endings of each story would not seem so rushed.
Overall, “Through the Woods” is a truly fantastic collection of scary stories that will surely be a treat to read during Halloween!
After reading the first two volumes of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ awesome horror series “Fatale,” I just have to pick up the thir
After reading the first two volumes of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ awesome horror series “Fatale,” I just have to pick up the third volume of this series “West of Hell” and I found this volume just as enjoyable as the previous two volumes!
What is this story about?
Let us take a break from the adventures of Nicolas Lash and explore the dark secrets that surround the mysterious beautiful woman Josephine in her past adventures before she met Nicolas Lash. There are a total of four stories in this volume which includes:
1. The Case of Alfred Ravenscroft 2. A Lovely Sort of Death 3. Down the Darkest Trail 4. Just a Glance Away
Each story details Josephine being in many different situations and is shown as a different person each time; such as being a young woman named Mathilda in 1286 A.D. France, who was accused of being a witch in “A Lovely Sort of Death” and being a young outlaw named Bonnie in 1883 Colorado who encounters a Native American man on her journey in “Down the Darkest Trail.” Each story also give out brief hints about Josephine’s past and why there are demons going after her after all these years.
What I loved about this story:
Ed Brubaker’s writing: Wow! Ed Brubaker’s writing just continues to amaze me throughout each volume of this fantastic series and I cannot believe that I waited so long to check this series out! Now, I usually have a love/hate relationship with volumes that only contain short stories that are not connected to each other in any way since I think that they usually slow down the main story line of any graphic novel. But in this case, I felt that the short stories in this volume really brought in a new creative twist to this series as each story seem to detail Josephine’s life before she met Nicolas Lash and how long she has been living, despite staying young all of those years. Now, I will admit that we still do not know exactly what Josephine is, but I think that this series is taking its time laying out the groundwork in revealing this secret as each volume goes by. I really loved the way that Ed Brubaker wove out the mystery surrounding Josephine as we still do not know about how she got the ability to mesmerize men and why the devil seems to be after her. It really makes the story much more interesting and intense to read as I cannot wait to see what kind of creature Josephine really is and whether or not Nicolas Lash will discover Josephine’s secret soon enough.
Sean Phillips’ artwork: Sean Phillips’ artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at as the characters look truly realistic and I really loved the way that Sean Phillips was able to incorporate the historical aspects of each story as we get to live through the time periods that Josephine appears in, such as seeing what the Old West looked like during the 1880s or what society looked like during the 1950s.
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
Anyone who does not like gory violence and strong language should be warned that there is some gory violence that involves people being shot and torn apart and some strong language where they use the “f” word a couple of times, although the language here is not as strong as the previous two volumes.
Overall, “Fatale: West of Hell Book Three” is a fantastic treat that anyone who is a huge fan of Ed Brubaker’s “Fatale” series will love reading for many years!
So, this review will be special since the majority of this book is told through rhyming. So I will give out my thoughts on this book in a simple rhy
So, this review will be special since the majority of this book is told through rhyming. So I will give out my thoughts on this book in a simple rhyming scheme!
Old Black Fly’s been buzzing around, Buzzing around, buzzing around. Old Black Fly’s been buzzing around, And he’s had a very busy bad day.
He buzzed through the pie crust and bothered the baby, He also bothered the dog and got in the honey, He bothered the older sister and he bothered the cat, Is he going to get it, well imagine that!
I really enjoyed this picture book, It is definitely worth taking a look. Jim Aylesworth’s writing is witty and fun, You will learn the alphabet once you are done. The story is told through the alphabet, Of the fly’s escapades, you can bet! Imagine being bothered by a pesky fly, Why I could just really up and die! Stephen Gammell’s artwork is simply creative and messy, The images of the fly flying through everything, oh bless me! I loved the messy streak that the fly leaves behind, In his chaotic rampage through the house that puts you in a bind! The characters look so crazy, it is insane! The colorings of the artwork will flow in your brain!
So go and pick up “Old Black Fly,” It is truly fantastic, I will not lie! If you are a fan of the weird and crazy, Then this book is right up your alley! Recommended for children ages three and up, This book is harmless as a little pup!
Now, I have been looking around for some picture books that were heavily raved about by various readers and I just happened to stumble upon this uniqu
Now, I have been looking around for some picture books that were heavily raved about by various readers and I just happened to stumble upon this unique book called “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt along with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. Honestly, this book was truly creative and interesting to read all the way through!
One day in class, Duncan decided to take out his crayons to start drawing a picture when he suddenly got a stack of letters that were all address to him. When Duncan started reading the letters, he realized that all of his crayons were complaining to him about either how little he uses them or how much he uses them for his drawings and that they want to be treated better.
How can Duncan make the crayons feel better?
Read this book to find out!
I have to say that this book was pretty interesting for a book about crayons and I really loved the way that Drew Daywalt wrote the story as the story is told mostly through the letters written by the crayons and how they are complaining to Duncan, the little boy, about how they are not treated fairly and that they want to be used a bit better whenever Duncan does his drawings. I also loved the fact that we actually have a children’s story that has the characters actually protesting against being treated unfairly and yet, make that into a fun experience for small children who enjoy drawing things with their crayons. That aspect of the book makes the story extremely interesting and creative to read and I think that this book would help children be more creative with their own ideas on either writing stories or drawing pictures. Oliver Jeffers’ artwork is truly creative and cute to look at, especially of the various drawings done by the crayons as they look extremely childlike and yet they express the concerns that the crayons have with Duncan, such as the image of the Gray Crayon being upset at having to draw large animals like elephants, rhinoceroses and humpback whales and you can see the large childlike drawings of those animals at the right side of the page, while the gray crayon looks small and frightened by these animals.
The reason why I gave this book a four star rating was because even though the story was pretty interesting, the letters that the crayons wrote to Duncan tend to be extremely long and it made me a bit frustrated since I think that the humor in the letters still would have been there, if they were to shorten the letters down to a few sentences and still get the crayons’ points across.
Overall, “The Day the Crayons Quit” is an extremely interesting and creative story about how children can use their imaginations to create something gorgeous and creative for their artwork! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the Crayons’ letters might be a bit too long for smaller children.
After reading Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ fantastic first volume of “Fatale,” I just knew that I struck gold when I picked up this
After reading Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ fantastic first volume of “Fatale,” I just knew that I struck gold when I picked up this graphic novel series and I was dying to read more from this series! So, that is why I picked up the second volume “Fatale: The Devil’s Business: Book Two” and man was it just as exciting and frightening as the first volume!
What is this story about?
In this volume, Nicolas Lash continues to search for more clues about the mysterious beautiful woman Josephine, as she has ties to his deceased relative Dominic Raines and he is more determined than ever to discover Josephine’s secret identity. Meanwhile, part of the story flash back to the late 1970s as Josephine tries to hide herself from the world as she believes that any man that comes near her always suffer a gruesome fate. Unfortunately, when a former star actor named Miles finds out that his friend Suzy had murdered Brother Stane at a Method Church party, he unknowingly runs to Josephine’s house and begs her to save Suzy from the Satanic Cult of the Method Church, which is led by none other than Hansel, the devil from the first book being reborn in another body.
Can Miles and Josephine escape the clutches of Hansel?
Read this book to find out!
What I loved about this story:
Ed Brubaker’s writing: Wow! Can I just say that this volume was just as intense and exciting as the first volume? Yes I can! Ed Brubaker has really outdone himself in this volume as the story is full of drama, horror and forbidden love and these elements all mingle together to create one horrifying and exciting story for this volume! I loved the way that Ed Brubaker made Josephine into such a mysterious person as we still do not know about her true identity and how she is able to possess the power to mind control people. I felt like Nicolas Lash in this story as I also want to know more about Josephine and why the Devils are searching for her and it makes me sit at the edge of my seat trying to solve this mystery myself and see who Josephine really is! I also loved the way that Ed Brubaker wrote the horror elements in this graphic novel as I did find myself cringing at a few scenes where various people are killed in a gruesome manner and I think that it greatly captures the horror element of this volume!
Sean Phillips’ artwork: Sean Phillips’ artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at as the characters’ features look truly realistic and I loved the way that Sean Phillips made Josephine look so gorgeous throughout the years as it really made her stand out from the other characters and shows us that she has an unnatural quality to her character. I also loved the dark and gritty tones of the city of Los Angeles as it really brings out the horror elements of this story.
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
For anyone who does not like strong language and gory violence, this volume does contain many scenes of characters getting killed in gruesome ways and it does have some strong language such as the “s” word and dropping the “f” bomb popping up in the dialogues a few times.
Overall, “Fatale: The Devil’s Business: Book Two” is truly a fantastic volume that anyone who is a fan of Ed Brubaker’s “Fatale” series or anyone who is a fan of horror and noir graphic novels should definitely check out!