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.
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.