Now to be honest, I had heard of this story through an episode of “Adventures from the Book of Virtues” and I really enjoyed it! So, when I finally goNow to be honest, I had heard of this story through an episode of “Adventures from the Book of Virtues” and I really enjoyed it! So, when I finally got the chance of reading this story in book format, I was just as impressed with this book that was written by Charlotte Huck along with illustrations by Anita Lobel, as I was with the TV episode!
There once lived a widow who had two daughters: one was her daughter Francine, who was spoiled and cruel like her mother and the other was Renee, who is kindhearted and is actually her stepdaughter. Renee is often mistreated by her stepmother and Francine as they force her to do all the housework, including getting water from the spring every day. One day, when Renee had to go to the spring to gather water, she meets up with an old woman and the old woman asks Renee if she could have some water. Renee gladly gives the old woman some water from her cup and the old woman decided to give Renee a reward for her kindness. The reward ends up being that whenever Renee speaks, flowers, diamonds and pearls will fall from her mouth. When Renee showed this gift to her stepmother and Francine, her stepmother decided that Francine must receive the same gift as Renee and she forces Francine to go out and meet the old woman by the spring.
Will Francine get the same gift as Renee?
Read this book to find out!
I actually really enjoyed this version of the classic French tale about the power of true kindness! I have read many fairy tales and folktales that has a “Cinderella” vibe to them and this tale definitely has the classic “nice girl who lives with a cruel step family” element woven into the story! Charlotte Huck’s storytelling is fantastic as Renee is portrayed as being a resourceful female protagonist who tries to think her way out of troublesome situations (just as the author stated in her author’s note that she wanted to create a more resourceful protagonist rather than the stereotypical helpless female protagonist that is often shown in some fairy tales and folktales). I was also impressed with the idea about how Renee is rewarded for her kindness by having pearls and flowers coming out of her mouth every time she talks since I wondered to myself about how a regular person would feel about having jewelry coming out of their mouths (personally, if someone rewarded me with the gift of getting diamonds and flowers, I wouldn’t want them to come out of my mouth)! Anita Lobel’s artwork is truly gorgeous to look at as the environment surrounding the characters is lushly drawn and they bring so much beauty to the story. I also loved the clothing that the characters wear as they represent the Renaissance Age and they bring an exotic tone to the story.
The only problem I have with this book is that in some of the artwork, the characters’ facial expressions look a little off, such as their mouths are almost opened in every panel and I have to wonder to myself about whether or not they really fit in well whenever the characters are getting angry or happy during a situation in the book.
Overall, “Toads and Diamonds” is a fantastic book about the power of kindness and how it can bring its own rewards. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the length of this book might be tiresome to smaller children.
I have read many folktales from around the world, but I rarely read folktales that came from Hungary! “Two Greedy Bears” by Mirra Ginsburg along withI have read many folktales from around the world, but I rarely read folktales that came from Hungary! “Two Greedy Bears” by Mirra Ginsburg along with illustrations by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey seems like a familiar story that I had heard of many times before, but I have never actually read the actual tale of this lesson. Well, now this is the first time I had read the original tale and I loved it!
The book starts off with two young bear cubs running outside to see the world until they stumbled upon a brook. Both of the bear cubs wanted to drink out of the brook, but when one of them replies that he is thirsty, the other one replied that he is thirstier and this leads to the two bear cubs trying to outdo each other by seeing who could drink the most water from the brook. The bear cubs drank so much water from the brook that they ended up having huge stomachaches and they had to sleep it off until the next morning. When the bear cubs felt better the next morning, they continued to explore the world until they found a large round of cheese lying on the ground. The bear cubs wanted to divide the cheese among themselves, they could not figure out a way to divide the cheese equally. So, they started to fight each other until a fox came by and wanted to help the bear cubs divide the cheese.
Will the fox help the bear cubs divide the cheese?
Read this book to find out!
I was seriously amazed at how Mirra Ginsburg made the story as simplistic as possible, while still delivering the message about how becoming greedy can come with its own consequences. Now even though I had read many folktales that dealt with the consequences of greed, this book was quite unique as it showed more about what happens if you let greed get to you, rather than outright telling the reader that greed is never a good thing. I also thought that it was quite hilarious and creative at what happens at the end of this book (I will not spoil it for anyone who has not read this book yet) as I found myself laughing at how the fox solved this dilemma between the bear cubs! Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey’s artwork were truly cute to look at as the two bear cubs had different shades of color as one was brown and the other was yellow as it helps the reader tell them apart. I also loved the fact that the bear cubs were round and fluffy as it shows how innocent they are and yet, they do not understand about greed and therefore they get themselves into trouble whenever their greed gets the best of them.
Overall, “Two Greedy Bears” is a truly fantastic book for children who wants to learn about the consequences of greed and wants to read a folktale that comes from Hungary! I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
Now, I have read many stories from the Brothers Grimm and I had enjoyed every single one of them! So, imagine my surprise when I finally came upon on
Now, I have read many stories from the Brothers Grimm and I had enjoyed every single one of them! So, imagine my surprise when I finally came upon one of the Brothers Grimm’s stories being put into a singular children’s book called “The Water of Life” retold by Barbara Rogasky along with illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman and enjoying it immensely!
The story starts off with the king becoming extremely ill and everyone thought that the king might die since there was no cure to be found. One day however, while the king’s three sons were grieving over their father’s illness, a little old man told the sons of the Water of Life and that it might cure their father. The oldest son then decided to seek the Water of Life; merely because he wanted to inherit his father’s kingdom and he goes on a journey to find the Water of Life. Along the way, the oldest son meets a small dwarf who asked him where he was going and the oldest son rudely shoved the dwarf away. The dwarf then angrily cursed the oldest son to remain trap in a ravine between two mountains for a long period of time. When the oldest son did not return, the second son decided to search for the Water of Life and he also met the small dwarf along the way and treated the dwarf rudely when the dwarf asked the second son where he was going. The second son then ended up in the same fate as the older brother for being too prideful towards the dwarf. Finally, the youngest son went to search for the Water of Life himself and he actually showed kindness towards the dwarf by telling him that he was searching for the Water of Life. The dwarf then eagerly tells the youngest son how to find the Water of Life and the trials he must overcome to get the water.
Will the youngest son be able to get the Water of Life?
Read this book to find out!
Wow! This book was amazing! I have always loved the Brothers Grimm’s tales and it was great seeing one of their stories showing up in a picture book format! Barbara Rogasky’s writing is truly fantastic as Barbara Rogasky really captures the medieval spirit of this tale and I really loved the fact that the youngest son is shown to have a kind heart and that he is rewarded for his kindness. I like the fact that the story teaches readers that having a kind heart will give you your own rewards in life. I also really enjoyed the magical aspect of this story as we have a dwarf who curses people for being arrogant and a jug of water that can cure any kind of illness inflicted on people as they make me wonder about whether or not such magical abilities should be allowed in the real world and how they would help the world become a better place to live in. Trina Schart Hyman’s artwork is truly gorgeous as they really capture the Medieval times the story takes place in and I enjoyed seeing images of castles and magical creatures occupy this magical world. I also loved the fact that the characters are drawn realistically as it gives the story a mature yet mesmerizing atmosphere and also make the characters stand out.
Overall, “The Water of Life” is a truly fantastic tale about true kindness that every fan of the Brothers Grimm should definitely check out!
It is rare that I read folktales from Yupik, so when I stumbled upon a book called “The Hungry Giant of the Tundra,” I just had to see for myself how
It is rare that I read folktales from Yupik, so when I stumbled upon a book called “The Hungry Giant of the Tundra,” I just had to see for myself how this story would turn out and man was I extremely impressed with this story!
The story starts out with a group of children playing across the fields in a village far to the north. Even though the children were supposed to run home before the big giant A· ka· gua ·gan ·kak came across the tundra, the children were having so much fun that they decided not to go back to their homes and continued playing in the fields. Unfortunately, A· ka· gua ·gan ·kak manages to catch up to the children and ended up grabbing them and is about to eat them when he realized that he forgot his knife. So, he put the children into his trousers and left them in a tree while he went home to get his knife. It was then that the children saw a chickadee and they begged the chickadee to help them.
Can the chickadee and the crane save the children from the giant?
Read this book to find out!
Wow! I must admit that I was quite impressed with this book since I have never read a folktale from Yupik before! Teri Sloat has done an excellent job at retelling this ancient folktale from Yupik as the story is interesting and intense as I felt scared for the children and I wanted to see how they will get away from the giant in this story. I was also impressed with how the crane and the chickadee helped out the children with the chickadee using its strong beak to carry the trousers with the children inside out of harm’s way and the crane stretching its long legs to get the children across the river. It reminded me of other folktales where the main character receives help from other characters who possess special powers that can easily be used to help the main character out of their predicament. Robert and Teri Sloat’s artwork is truly amazing as I loved the Yupik influenced artwork and I thought that the giant look quite appropriate for the part of being menacing yet being dimwitted at the same time. I especially loved the scene where the giant took off his trousers and put the children inside them, since it was both hilarious and surprising to see such an image pop up in a children’s book!
Parents should know that the giant might scare smaller children, especially when it tried to eat the children. Parents might want to read this book first before reading it to their children to see if they can handle the scenes with the giant.
Overall, “The Hungry Giant of the Tundra” is a fantastic book that children who love books about giants should definitely check out! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the images of the giant might scare smaller children.
After reading Marissa Meyer’s first book in the Lunar Chronicles series “Cinder,” I just I had to pick up the second book in the series “Scarlet” and
After reading Marissa Meyer’s first book in the Lunar Chronicles series “Cinder,” I just I had to pick up the second book in the series “Scarlet” and I never would have thought that I would enjoy this book as much as the first book!
After the tragic events of the first book, Cinder ends up being thrown into prison when she defied Queen Levana at the ball in the last book. However, Cinder ends up escaping from prison with the help from the charming and hilarious fellow fugitive Captain Carswell Thorne and her newly found Lunar abilities. Both Cinder and Thorne try to travel around the planet Earth in order to escape from Queen Levana’s ruthless forces and find out more about Cinder’s mysterious past. Meanwhile, a young teenage girl named Scarlet Benoit is on a journey to find her grandmother, who has been missing for weeks and she ends up meeting a mysterious young man named Wolf, who might know about her grandmother’s whereabouts.
Wow! This book surprised and terrified me at the same time! I will admit that when I saw the title of this book “Scarlet” the first time around, I thought that this book was only going to focus on Scarlet and not be connected to “Cinder” in any kind of way. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that this book still continued Cinder’s story, but has Scarlet subtlety get involved in Cinder’s story, while her story is being told at the same time. Marissa Meyer did a fantastic job at writing the story from two different perspectives as we get Cinder’s side of the story of trying to escape from Queen Levana and learning more about her dark and mysterious past, while we also get Scarlet’s side of the story as she tries to search for her grandmother who has been missing for weeks and I loved the way that their stories intertwine with each other throughout the book. I also loved the way that Marissa Meyer wrote each character as I fell in love with each character in this story, especially with Wolf and Captain Carswell Thorne! I loved the way that Scarlet was being written in this book as she is shown to be a strong female protagonist who is determined to find her grandmother at all costs and I loved the fact that Scarlet shows so much love for her grandmother, despite everyone being against her in this universe. I also loved the character development that Cinder goes through in this book as in the first book; she was mainly a lowly stepdaughter who worked on mechanics on a small scale while in this book, she used her abilities in mechanics to help her escape from Queen Levana’s soldiers and it was interesting seeing her struggle with her true heritage as a Lunar and seeing what that would mean for the world. I absolutely loved Captain Carswell Thorne’s character as he is probably the funniest character in the entire book and I just loved his bantering with Cinder! I just hope we get to see more of him in the later installments of this series! And who could forget the ever loving yet mysterious Wolf in this story? I loved the fact that his character is full of mystery and it was pretty interesting seeing a human character possess wolf-like abilities in this retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood.”
For anyone who does not like horrifying moments in a novel, this book does have plenty of scary moments, especially when the true nature of Queen Levana’s army is revealed, which I found to be pretty creepy.
Overall, “Scarlet” is a truly fantastic book that is full of twists and turns that any fan of the “Lunar Chronicles” series will definitely enjoy reading! Now, I am off to read the third book in the series “Cress!”
After reading the first volume of “Rat Queens,” I just took my little ole self to the library and grabbed the second volu
After reading the first volume of “Rat Queens,” I just took my little ole self to the library and grabbed the second volume of this fantastic series “Rat Queens Volume Two: The Far Reaching Tentacles for N’Rygoth,” since I really enjoyed the first volume so much and I wanted to see where our lovely Rat Queens would end up at next!
What is this story about?
In this volume, the Rat Queens are celebrating their victory from the events of the first volume and they now each have a love interest that they spend their time with (except Dee, it appears). Meanwhile, a mysterious and disturbing force is coming to their city and a vengeful ex-partner of Sawyer’s has kidnapped him!
What is this nightmarish force that is terrorizing the city and will the Rat Queens save Sawyer from this disaster?
Read this volume to find out!
What I loved about this story:
Kurtis J. Wiebe’s writing: Wow! This volume was just as good as the first as the characters are still highly entertaining to read about and the threats just keep getting bigger! I loved the way that Kurtis J. Wiebe developed the mysterious conspiracy that was hinted at in the first volume as we actually get our first look into the evil demon N’Rygoth and the mayhem it caused for the characters and their hometown. I also like the fact that this volume was much darker and intense than the first volume as the stakes are higher for the main protagonists and the ancient conspiracy actually takes center stage in this volume. Kurtis J. Wiebe also did a fantastic job at developing each member of the Rat Queens, especially Dee and Hannah as we find out more about their background history, especially with Dee and her history with the demon N’Rygoth. I also like the fact that Sawyer and Hannah’s relationship with each other is developing in this volume as it shows that Hannah truly cares about Sawyer when she found out that he got kidnapped and tried everything in her power to rescue Sawyer.
Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic’s artwork: The combination of Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic’s artwork really brought so much creativity to this volume as Roc Upchurch’s artwork continues to be just as amazing as the previous volumes, while Stjepan Sejic’s artwork is even more gorgeous with the characters’ faces looking so realistic and fitting in with the more intense atmosphere of this volume!
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
For anyone who does not like nudity, gore and strong language, this volume contains quite a bit of all of the above. The nudity is especially dialed up in this volume as we see many characters completely nude and performing sexual acts that might not go over too well with some readers. Also, there are many images of characters being cut in half or being stabbed to death, which are all shown in graphic detail and that could be disturbing for some readers.
Overall, “Rat Queens Volume Two: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth” is definitely one volume you should check out, especially if you have been enjoying the “Rat Queens” series as much as I have and want to see more adventures from everyone’s favorite tough as nails girls!
I have read many African folktales over the years and I have enjoyed almost every single one of them! So, I stumbled upon this new African folktale re
I have read many African folktales over the years and I have enjoyed almost every single one of them! So, I stumbled upon this new African folktale retold by Margaret Read MacDonald called “Mabela the Clever” along with illustrations by Tim Coffey and man, it was a truly fantastic tale that every child should read!
Mabela is the smallest mouse in her village and even though it has been said that the mice are all foolish creatures, Mabela proves to be more clever than the other mice, especially since her father had taught her how to be more aware of her surroundings in this little quote:
“Mabela, when you are out and about, keep your ears open and LISTEN. Mabela, when you are out and about, keep your eyes open and LOOK AROUND YOU. Mabela, when you are speaking, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. Mabela, if you have to move, MOVE FAST!”
One day, the Cat came to the Mouse Village and she invited the mice to her secret Cat Society where she can teach them the secrets of being a cat. All the mice were excited about this and they met up with the Cat at her house and the Cat tells them that they need to learn this song:
“When we are marching, We never look back! The Cat is at the end, Fo Feng! Fo Feng!”
The Cat then tells the mice that they must march in a straight line towards the forest and as the mice were marching while singing the song, the Cat ended up capturing each mouse one by one due to the fact that no one was watching the Cat as she performs this heinous act.
Can Mabela save the other mice?
Read this book to find out!
Oh man, how could I not check this book out before? Margaret Read MacDonald has done an excellent job at capturing the humor and the tension of this tale as we laugh at the mice following the Cat and suspecting that nothing is wrong, while at the same time, we feel some tension in the story in hoping that the mice make it out of the Cat’s grasp by the end of the book! I also loved the fact that Mabela’s father was able to teach his daughter about the dangers of the outside world and how to avoid those dangers as it shows the importance of a parent trying to protect their children by giving them warnings about surviving in the outside world ahead of time. Tim Coffey’s artwork had the perfect blend of intensity and humor as the mice look more goofy with their large vacant eyes while the cat looks more menacing with her slanted green eyes and orange fur that really makes her stand out from the colorful atmosphere of the artwork.
Parents should know that the cat might scare smaller children, especially since she wants to eat the mice and even tricked them into her little game. Parents might want to warn their children about the consequences of going off with strangers without knowing the full facts of the situation and teach children how to defend themselves whenever they are in such a situation.
Overall, “Mabela the Clever” is a truly fantastic book about the importance of heeding warnings about dangerous situations in life and showing how parents can be extremely resourceful when it comes to teaching their children about the ways of the world. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the cat might scare smaller children.
It is finally here! I finally got the chance to check out the newest volume in Brian K. Vaughan’s “Saga” series and
It is finally here! I finally got the chance to check out the newest volume in Brian K. Vaughan’s “Saga” series and it was amazing! I am seriously going to be gushing over just how awesome this volume was compared to the previous three volumes!
What is this story about?
Marko and Alana finally landed on the planet Gardenia in order to start a new life with their daughter Hazel, who is now a toddler at this point. Alana even got a new job as a TV Action Star; but unfortunately, things are not turning out well for the two lovers. First of all, Alana’s new job is causing her to spend less time with her family, which is causing Marko to get irritated by all this. Secondly, Marko appears to have met a friendly dance teacher, which he starts spending some time with while Alana is away, so you can imagine where all this is going… Meanwhile, Prince Robot IV’s son is finally born, despite the fact that Prince Robot IV is away somewhere around the galaxy and his wife continues to wait for his return. Everything seems all well and good, right? WRONG! Now it appears that a lowly janitor named Dengo has kidnapped Prince Robot IV’s newborn baby and is planning an all-out war against his own planet!
What I loved about this story:
Brian K. Vaughan’s writing: Wow! I must admit that I have always been pleasantly surprised with how Brian K. Vaughan’s “Saga” series is progressing in each of these volumes, but I never would have thought that I would read a volume that has so many shocking twists and turns all at once! Brian K. Vaughan, as always, has done an excellent job at writing this story as I really enjoyed seeing Alana and Marko’s relationship with each other develop even further and it was great seeing Hazel growing up as a toddler in this volume. I was also impressed with how many twists and turns Brian K. Vaughan brought to the plot of this volume as many of the situations that happened were extremely shocking to me! I mean, who would have thought that Alana and Marko would actually be seen fighting with each other (verbally, of course) and who would have thought that Prince Robot IV’s newborn son would be kidnapped? These were twists that really made the story interesting for me and I was hoping that everything would turn out alright for everyone as the series progresses! I also loved the snarky humor that Brian K. Vaughan incorporated into this volume as I loved hearing everyone comment on various situations that they are currently in, especially from Klara the ghost girl!
Fiona Staples’ artwork: Fiona Staples’ artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at, especially of the images of laser beams and explosions as they look so effective in the artwork. I also loved the way that Fiona Staples drew each character from different planets, such as seeing images of alligators being nurses, a tree like creature who works at the TV station and of course, the royal robot characters with TV sets for heads.
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
The reason why I took off half a point from a six star rating (this story is still a five star read, but I usually give the “Saga” series six stars for being so good), was because the first half of the volume was a bit weak in developing the situations for the characters and it did felt like I was waiting for a long time for the actual story to get going (and the actual story did not actually get going until the second half of the volume). Also, this volume has a lot of gory scenes and strong language that might not go over well for some readers.
My overall verdict for “Saga Volume Four” is…GO AHEAD AND BUY IT! You will not be disappointed with this installment in Brian K. Vaughan’s “Saga” series and I definitely cannot wait until the fifth volume comes out!
I have read many different versions of the Russian folktale “The Firebird” and each of them always had the main character named Ivan possess a horse oI have read many different versions of the Russian folktale “The Firebird” and each of them always had the main character named Ivan possess a horse of power who helps Ivan find the Firebird. However, while Robert D. San Souci’s version of “The Firebird” does have a main character named Ivan, there is no horse of power in this version and we are actually introduced to the famed Russian folklore character, Kastchei the Deathless! This gives this version of the famous Russian folktale a pretty intriguing spin on what we normally see from “The Firebird” stories!
The book starts off with a young prince named Ivan who went hunting into the woods when suddenly, he noticed a golden light shining throughout the forest and there he sees the magnificent Firebird (who has taken the shape of a beautiful woman) flying from branch to branch. Ivan then decided to capture the Firebird by snaring her; but then the Firebird pleaded to Ivan to set her free and she promised to give him one of her feathers to help him out in his time of need. Ivan then let the Firebird go and later on, he enters a mysterious garden where he meets up with a young and beautiful princess named Elena, who was kidnapped by an evil wizard named Kastchei the Deathless. Ivan then vowed to save Elena from Kastchei the Deathless and they found out that the only way to defeat Kastchei is if they can find the secret of Kastchei’s death that is hidden in his palace.
Can Ivan and Elena find the secret of Kastchei’s death?
Read this book to find out!
Master storyteller Robert D. San Souci has done it again at retelling an ancient folktale that is well beloved by many folktale fans! I loved the way that Robert D. San Souci put a different spin on this ancient Russian folktale by having the Firebird take the shape of a woman instead of being shown as a regular bird and actually introducing Kastchei the Deathless into this story. It was interesting seeing Kastchei the Deathless in this book because while I have heard about Kastchei the Deathless in Russian folklore, I have never actually read anything dealing with Kastchei the Deathless and this would be the first time that I had read about Kastchei the Deathless, who was a truly interesting villain in this tale! I also loved the fact that both Elena and Ivan take action in trying to discover Kastchei’s death as I like the fact that it was not just Ivan who tries to save the day, but Elena also tries to save herself from her fate from Kastchei and it gives a unique spin on how heroes and heroines are usually portrayed in folktales. Kris Waldherr’s artwork is extremely gorgeous to look at, especially of the image of the Firebird herself as she is shown as a beautiful woman who has golden wings and a feathered crown on her head as it makes her look quite majestic.
Overall, “The Firebird” is a truly fantastic tale to read if you are a huge fan of Russian folktales and you will surely not be disappointed with this book! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the storytelling is a bit advanced for younger children.
Wow! I have certainly been on the roll when it comes to reading Paul Galdone’s books! So, I just recently stumbled upon another picture book written a
Wow! I have certainly been on the roll when it comes to reading Paul Galdone’s books! So, I just recently stumbled upon another picture book written and illustrated by Paul Galdone called “What’s In Fox’s Sack?” which is based off an old English tale and man, was it a pretty interesting tale!
The story starts off with Fox finding a big bumblebee in the ground and he decides to put the bumblebee into his sack. Later on, Fox meets up with a very little woman and he asks her to watch his sack while he goes off to visit his friend Squintum. After Fox had left, the very little woman looked into the sack anyway and out flew the bumblebee, who ends up being gobbled by the very little woman’s rooster. When Fox comes back, the very little woman confessed to Fox that she opened the sack and her rooster ate up the bumblebee after it flew out of the sack. So, Fox decides to put the very little woman’s rooster into the sack instead and he continues to travel across the village, meeting up with different women while getting many different creatures into his sack!
I have read many folktales that deal with tricksters trying to get want they want in various ways, but I have never read a tale where said trickster uses a normal sack to capture his prey in exchange for something much bigger and better! Paul Galdone has done an excellent job at retelling this ancient English folktale as it shows how trickery against innocent bystanders can have its own consequences and I really enjoyed seeing Fox going to different houses in each page and put something even bigger and better than the last prey he captures into his sack, such as putting a rooster from a little lady into his sack to putting a pig from a very big woman into his sack after the rooster escapes from the sack. I also loved how unique this story is since I had never read a story that dealt with the trickster tricking everyone he meets by taking their possessions and putting them into his sack while he looks for a much larger prey on his journey through the village. Paul Galdone’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at as the characters look so scratchy and yet they really convey the traditional sense of this story, especially of the images of Fox looking so sneaky whenever he is taking his sack to different places in the village.
Overall, “What’s in Fox’s Sack?” is a truly fantastic book about tricky animals and I am sure that children and parents will enjoy this book for many years! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
After reading the fourth volume of Rumiko Takahashi’s new series “Rin-Ne” and being introduced to Rinne’s deadbeat father Sabato Rokudo, I was truly iAfter reading the fourth volume of Rumiko Takahashi’s new series “Rin-Ne” and being introduced to Rinne’s deadbeat father Sabato Rokudo, I was truly interested in learning more about Sabato and his turbulent relationship with Rinne. Now, we have a new love interest in this volume named Ageha, who also happens to be a Shinigami girl who might give Rinne a run for his money in terms of competing with him in taking the souls back to the afterlife!
After defeating his father in the last volume, Rinne then meets up with a mysterious Shinigami girl named Ageha, who is out for vengeance against the president of the Damashigami Company, who she claims had kidnapped her sister years ago. Little does Ageha know, Rinne happens to be the son of the president of the Damashigami Company and Rinne decides to withhold this secret from Ageha. Not only that, but it turns out that Ageha has feelings for Rinne, but Rinne is still trying to sort out his feelings for Sakura Mamiya.
Will Rinne choose either Ageha or Sakura and will Ageha find out about Rinne’s terrible secret regarding his father?
Read this volume to find out!
Now, the moment that a new love interest was introduced in this volume, I knew that Rumiko Takahashi’s signature style in having many suitors for the main characters was going to show up in this series! I loved the fact that we are introduced to a female Shinigami in this volume as it makes things even more interesting for Rinne and Sakura. It was great seeing another Shinigami in this universe besides Rinne and now it seems that we are about to have a major story arc unfold in this universe that involves the evil Damashigami Company and everyone’s efforts to bring the company down. I also loved the way that Rumiko Takahashi focused more on Rinne and Sakura’s relationship in this volume as their relationship with each other seems a bit different than what we normally seen in Rumiko Takahashi’s works as they are not constantly at each other’s throats as we usually see them trying to sort out their feelings for each other and trying to see how their relationship will go in the future (in other words, as far as I could see, this is probably the most mature relationship shown in Rumiko Takahashi’s works so far). Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork is just as impressive as in the previous volumes as the characters look both cute and impressive and I really enjoy the fight scenes between Rinne and the citizens of the afterlife as they are truly stylized and exciting to see!
For anyone who does not like language in a manga, there is some language in this volume such as the use of the “d” word, although it is not as bad as some of the more mature manga.
Overall, “Rin-Ne Volume Five” is a fantastic volume for anyone who is interested in Rumiko Takahashi’s “Rin-Ne” series and I definitely cannot wait to check out the rest of this series in the near future!
After reading the first three volumes of Rumiko Takahashi’s newest series “Rin-Ne,” I was wondering what major plot twist would happen in the later voAfter reading the first three volumes of Rumiko Takahashi’s newest series “Rin-Ne,” I was wondering what major plot twist would happen in the later volumes that would help get this series off on its feet. Then, I read the fourth volume of “Rin-Ne,” which actually introduced a character who might change the events of the “Rin-Ne” universe forever!
Uh oh! Poor Rinne ends up catching a cold from Rokumon and is bedridden! Not only that, but a mysterious stranger pays Rinne a house call and it turns out to be Rinne’s sleazy father Sabato Rokudo, who is the president of the evil Damashigami Company! Now that Sabato had caused Rinne to be in a massive debt, Rinne will have to defeat him in the afterlife!
Will Rinne be able to defeat his father?
Read this volume to find out!
Now, when I mentioned that this volume might change the direction of the series, I never would have thought that Rinne’s father would be introduced so early in the series! Rumiko Takahashi did a fantastic job at throwing a curveball at the audience as not only is Rinne’s father introduced so early on in the series, but the fact that Sabato is actually the president of the evil Damashigami Company, implying that Rinne’s father is actually evil, was really shocking to me! I was also surprised to see that it was Sabato who caused Rinne to be in so much financial debt in the first place and now I am interested to see where Rinne’s relationship with his father will go in future volumes and whether or not it would lead to them reconciling with each other or killing each other, if the series goes in a darker direction. I will admit that having Rinne’s father introduced as the president of the Damashigami Company without any foreshadowing in the previous volumes was a bit odd for me as I would have liked it better if they had established the Damashigami as a threat prior to this volume, but at the same time, it sort of worked out for me because this event came out of nowhere and really made the twist worthwhile! Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork is as usual a treat to look at as the images of the Damashigamis in the afterlife were extremely creative to look at and there is one surprise image of a large panda who attends Rinne’s (supposed) inauguration in the Damashigami Company that would leave a smile on faces of anyone who is a fan of “Ranma ½!”
For those of you who are not fond of reading manga that has language in it, this volume does have some language that the previous volumes did not have before, even though the language in this volume is not as strong as some darker manga. Also, I did have a bit of a problem with how Rinne’s father was introduced in this volume as being the president of the evil Damashigami Company. I kind of wished that they would have developed the Damashigami as a much bigger threat in the earlier volumes so that way, it would make the revelation about Rinne’s father being the president of this company even more shocking. Or maybe they could have dropped some hints about Rinne’s father and what he was like in the past volumes just so when the volume that introduces him actually comes, the mystery surrounding Rinne’s father would be solved in an exciting and shocking way.
Overall, “Rin-Ne Volume Four” is a fantastic volume that introduces even more mysteries to the world of “Rin-Ne” and what it would mean for the characters in the future volumes!
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.