I really loved this book and the detailed nature with which the author writes. Parts of it I wasn't so cool with, like his slight racism towards blackI really loved this book and the detailed nature with which the author writes. Parts of it I wasn't so cool with, like his slight racism towards blacks/mulattos (though I know at the time the book was set it was still deemed ok) and the whole pedaphilic relationship he has with his charge from the country who was 12 when she arrived and 14 by the time they finished their relationship. Other than that, a story about a man who waits fifty plus years to be with the woman he's in love with and she eventually falls for him too after all these years. ...more
**spoiler alert** Wow! This book was incredible. The book was way better than the movie (yes, I unfortunately saw that first)and the movie left so muc**spoiler alert** Wow! This book was incredible. The book was way better than the movie (yes, I unfortunately saw that first)and the movie left so much out so that it is barely even the same story at all. The book chronicles the adventures of Lyra, who lives in Oxford at Jordan College and we are also initially introduced to her uncle Azriel, who is cold and foreboding. He has just come back from an expedition into the Far North and discovered the existence of Dust, though he is not the first person to do so. The story that follows is full of thrilling adventure, excitement in discovering new worlds, and meeting interesting characters along the way. The ending was a bit weird and I'm not sure I go with the whole "Dust is original sin" aspect of the book, but it is an interesting idea anyways. I did really like that they had the author and a full cast reading the book. Philip Pullman is now one of my favorite writers. I am very curious and excited to see what happens next!...more
**spoiler alert** Ok, this one was a really good book, though I liked it a little bit less than the first book in the series, the Golden Compass. For**spoiler alert** Ok, this one was a really good book, though I liked it a little bit less than the first book in the series, the Golden Compass. For a review on it, please see the official one for this book. I was sad when Lee Scoresby died as I was really getting to like his character, as the father Lyra should've had. The whole Stanislaus Grumann story was interesting, though I would've like a little bit more character development esp in regard to his transition from English soldier to Tartar shaman. I'm glad he developed Lyra's character a bit more, so she wasn't as whiny and though they didn't really mention it, it seems as though she loves Will. Finding out what Dust/Shadows/Dark Matter really was, was surprising to say the least, and was not at all what I would've thought it to be. I'm glad there is a third book to better explain Lyra's role in this final battle. ...more
**spoiler alert** Loved loved loved this book! Ok yes, the book was complicated and had so many layers and things going on at once, but I still really**spoiler alert** Loved loved loved this book! Ok yes, the book was complicated and had so many layers and things going on at once, but I still really enjoyed the storyline. Never really knowing who was on who's side made it frustrating, but also interesting when you finally figured it out (like Ms. Coulter being evil for the first 2 1/2 books of the trilogy and then suddenly helping Lyra). I wished the author would've explained more about the cloud mountain/heaven as he built it up so much and then didn't explain it very much, as well as what actually happened to the Authority (like was he the old man in the crystal cave or was that someone else?). I loved learning about the Mulefa and their world, and the gay angels made for really interesting characters as well (though I totally wasn't expecting them in the story at all). I thought Mary Malone's description of love was a little creepy, but I enjoyed hearing about Lyra and Will falling in love (though you could see it coming through the second and third book). There are some people that say that this series is anti-religious based on the fact that author is an athiest, but I disagree with that. I thought his books, especially this third one, have a very pantheistic view of religion and it is not bashing religions at all. ...more
The Magic Pudding is a pie, except when it's something else, like a steak, or a jam donut, or an apple dumpling, or whatever its owner wants it to be. And it never runs out. No matter how many slices you cut, there's always something left over. It's magic.
But the Magic Pudding is also alive. It walks and it talks and it's got a personality like no other. A meaner, sulkier, snider, snarlinger Pudding you've never met.
So Bunyip Bluegum (the koala bear) finds out when he joins Barnacle Bill (the sailor) and Sam Sawnoff (the penguin bold) as members of the Noble Society of Pudding Owners, whose "members are required to wander along the roads, indulgin' in conversation, song and story, and eatin' at regular intervals from the Pudding." Wild and woolly, funny and outrageously fun, The Magic Pudding stands somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and The Stinky Cheese Man as one of the craziest books ever written for young readers....more
Nice story about a Moroccan boy who lives during a famine and to distract him his mother tells him he must wait for the butter man to come, so he canNice story about a Moroccan boy who lives during a famine and to distract him his mother tells him he must wait for the butter man to come, so he can get butter for the increasingly smaller pieces of bread she gives him. While he is people-watching, he forgets about how hungry he is. The story is told by the little boy, now a father, to his own daughter while she is waiting for her couscous dinner feast and for her mother to get home. The author's note features more information about Moroccan and the area where the Ali Alalou grew up. Also features a glossary in the very back. I loved the folk art illustrations done in gouache. Recommended for kids aged 5-9. ...more
I initially picked up this book after it was suggested to me by one of our local children's librarians. He said it was like Harry Potter, in that CharI initially picked up this book after it was suggested to me by one of our local children's librarians. He said it was like Harry Potter, in that Charlie Bone discovers he has powers and is sent to a special school. I loved Harry Potter, so I figured it was worth a try. The book is kind of slow in the beginning, but picks up eventually and you start getting into the story. Charlie Bone lives with his mother and maternal grandmother Maisie, as well as his paternal grandmother Grandma Bone and his Uncle Paton. One day Charlie realizes that he can hear the voices of the people in photographs and Grandma Bone summons her Yewbeam sisters and they decide to send him to Bloor Academy (a school for kids with special powers and talents). So the book is basically Charlie finding out more about his powers and those of the "Children of the Red King", as well as who are his friends and enemies. I thought it was a well-written book and could hold the attention of ages 10 & up, despite the length (which is pretty thick for an introductory book). I would like to see what happens next though......more
Very funny memoir of the author who moved to the US when she was 7 and then back again later. The story of her parents and her very large extended famVery funny memoir of the author who moved to the US when she was 7 and then back again later. The story of her parents and her very large extended family is just hilarious. I especially like the chapters relating to her getting married and her life with her French Catholic husband Francois. Has some great quotes in the book, like:
“I feel about India the way I feel while watching those Jacques Cousteau adventures where the divers explore undersea caves, flashing their lights into the pitch-black crevices only to discover that the cave is teeming with sharks and giant squid. Yes, it's breathtaking, but from my sofa. Do I don a wet suit and join Jacques in those frigid waters? Non, merci.” ...more
Interesting view on African culture in the 1970s, and centered around the Ivory Coast. I enjoyed the artwork and would love to read more or her graphiInteresting view on African culture in the 1970s, and centered around the Ivory Coast. I enjoyed the artwork and would love to read more or her graphic novels. I liked the section in the back, with the recipe, glossary and additional information. ...more