A cool little collection of previously available stories only releases on Free Comic Book Day. The tales also serve as minor origin stories for the reA cool little collection of previously available stories only releases on Free Comic Book Day. The tales also serve as minor origin stories for the regular cast, and one tale includes a reference to plot lines yet to be developed in the main series....more
This was really good. I was skeptical and even thought about passing it over when it was time to order this item. The idea seemed inane, but once youThis was really good. I was skeptical and even thought about passing it over when it was time to order this item. The idea seemed inane, but once you crack the spine, you realize inanity is in fact what gives the story its appeal. The setup is completely nonsensical, because animals act in the roles of regular people, and in this case, a group of friends restore a car by driving it into outer space and using the planets and stars to trick it out for a lowrider competition.
This construct clearly wouldn't bother a young child though, and I found I got into it quite a bit. This is also the beginning of a planned series about these characters. I loved that it had bilingual features, and the illustrations were all done in blue, red and black ballpoint pen. Super cool. The logical flow of the story was also just a little unusual, so readers could work on their story-building skills here.
This is a great example of a story that captures a lot with a small amount of work. The afterword and the glossary are excellent. This would work well in a classroom but also as something that's just for fun....more
Volume 2 of Gronk is just as funny and endearing as Volume 1. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the story of this hapless monster and her adopted familVolume 2 of Gronk is just as funny and endearing as Volume 1. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the story of this hapless monster and her adopted family. One of my favorite aspects of the series so far is the inclusion of subtle insider references to various "adult" pop culture pieces that appear on Dale's t-shirts. I'll be looking for them in future volumes. Gronk reminds me a bit of Garfield, but without the bad attitude. This story is entirely light-hearted, but the humor still resonates throughout....more
This took me longer than it should have to finish, because individual chapters were so long. I usually read in the evening, and I found myself decidinThis took me longer than it should have to finish, because individual chapters were so long. I usually read in the evening, and I found myself deciding not to read it on certain nights because I didn't want to be up reading late for long periods of time. The lengths of the chapters might also prove to be discouraging for reluctant readers. On the whole I liked this book though. The mystery was quiet but interesting. There were a few red herrings and some unexpected occurrences that kept things interesting until the end, too. I really liked the setting, though it was hard to get a handle on when and where the story exactly took place. The snowy landscape was particularly vivid though! At times the prose was a little boring, and I would find myself glossing a little while reading. Still, this book was good overall, rather than in bits and pieces. A nice book for mystery lovers....more
Collected four-panel comics comprise Volume 1 of Gronk by Katie Cook. Gronk is a silly and cute little monster who doesn't much like monster life. SheCollected four-panel comics comprise Volume 1 of Gronk by Katie Cook. Gronk is a silly and cute little monster who doesn't much like monster life. She's not into scaring people, she doesn't snore like a buzz saw, and she generally just wants to play with her toy kitten. After running away from home one day she meets a kind woman and her very large dog and very small cat. Gronk moves in and becomes an interesting addition to the family. Each four-square represents an isolated incident, for the most part, but there is continuity throughout, reflecting a larger story. This is a good comic for young readers, but Gronk is really for all ages....more
Didn't like this book. No thanks. There was so much wrong with Revolution that in order to fully articulate it I'd have to spoil the entire story. FirDidn't like this book. No thanks. There was so much wrong with Revolution that in order to fully articulate it I'd have to spoil the entire story. First of all, the nonfiction stuff, with the amazing design and brilliant photography, was the only thing about the book that worked. It should have been a separate book entirely. It was moving and immediate and made a large impact. The fictional aspect was incredibly weak. Revolution is the story of how the civil rights movement changes the life of a white girl. As the primary narrator, Sunny serves as just that; she reports on her surroundings like a camera, a lens with a dead eye. Her primary introspective moments dealt with the absence of her mother, who left her as a young child. While that is a difficult issue, this story in my mind was not about how a white girl watches the civil rights movement happen before her eyes. The second narrator, an African American boy named Raymond, was stilted and shallow, and the author's treatment of his voice did zero justice to the character. He felt like an instrument the author used to make an impact on Sunny's life.
The story smacked quite a bit of a "white savior" aspect throughout. I found it convenient that Sunny's family members in particular, aside from the visiting white people who turned up for Freedom Summer, were the only white people in town who sympathized even remotely with the civil rights cause, thus heightening the readers' sense that these people are somehow the stars of the situation. The story of Raymond in my opinion was the real story. In fact, there were any number of other minor African American characters who should have had their stories told here. The stories weren't told, and it was disappointing.
The book was also extremely boring right up until probably the last 75 pages. Readers have to sift through pointless pop culture references, particularly Beatles lyrics, that had no impact on the story. The other characters were all extremely vacant, and their motivations were never once discussed. I think this book would have worked better as a nonfiction story, because that aspect of the book gave the matter at hand the spotlight. There was also a lot of random inclusion of tertiary '60s things happening, like folk music lyrics, Vietnam, etc. Not relevant.
On the surface, this is a book that seems like it might do a lot of good to furthering the cause of equality. I found it problematic instead....more
This just popped up on here in what has become Good Reads' endlessly pestering new platform of "suggesting" things to read. Anyway, I forgot I read thThis just popped up on here in what has become Good Reads' endlessly pestering new platform of "suggesting" things to read. Anyway, I forgot I read this a while back, and it's get 3 out of 5 stars, because I don't remember disliking it. I did finish it, but obviously I forgot I read it, so there you go....more