I swear, the artists Chris Duffy gets for these anthologies do their very best work for him. People who do serious, sometimes hard to read long-form w...moreI swear, the artists Chris Duffy gets for these anthologies do their very best work for him. People who do serious, sometimes hard to read long-form work like Habibi (Charles Thompson), Skim (Jillian Tamaki), and Asterios Polyp (Dave Mazzuchelli) let loose with all the humor and charm that they sometimes withhold from their main work. On the other hand, artists like Charise Mericle Harper and Raina, who are almost always fun and charming, add a little smidge of arch and sass to their pieces in this stellar collection.(less)
It's the talking-animal thing that grates on me most with this, but I know that's a personal problem. ;)
I've seen objections to the sex in this book....moreIt's the talking-animal thing that grates on me most with this, but I know that's a personal problem. ;)
I've seen objections to the sex in this book. Lion sex is part of lion life, including establishing dominance, as in the "rape" early in the book. I guess I'm not crazy about the depiction of the young lioness Noor as all turned on when they get out of the zoo - I just doubt that arousal in lions has a psychological component - but there you go, that's part of what I can't stand about talking-animal books.
The story, though, of wild beasts roaming the streets of a city under fire, stirs the heart. The art in Pride of Baghdad gives us the eerie city, by turns too quiet and way, way too loud. I like this book best paired with Saving the Baghdad Zoo, a nonfiction photo-illustrated version of the same story.(less)
This is an engrossing graphic novel with visceral details that will stick with you – the plague of ants caused by the death of all the birds, the eye...moreThis is an engrossing graphic novel with visceral details that will stick with you – the plague of ants caused by the death of all the birds, the eye damage, people getting lost in the blizzard of dust. An airplane crashed, trains derailed. The art is sweeping where it needs to be and intimate where it can. Masterful.
At another end of the country, two girls – one of them a time traveler – explore 1937 Baltimore in Laurel Snyder’s Seven Stories Up. Put these books together for a really cool decade study. (less)
Gr 5–9—Who's bad? That's the question that Yolen and Stemple debate as they take an entertaining tour through the lives of some of history's most noto...moreGr 5–9—Who's bad? That's the question that Yolen and Stemple debate as they take an entertaining tour through the lives of some of history's most notorious women. Arranged chronologically from Delilah to mob courier Virginia Hill, this deck of 26 dicey dames includes royalty (Bloody Mary, Catherine of Russia), women of the Wild West (Belle Starr, Calamity Jane), and out-and-out criminals (Moll Cutpurse, Bonnie Parker). Guay gives a lush, period-appropriate poster-style portrait at the beginning of each two- to eight-page chapter, which contains a rough outline of each lady's supposed crimes along with the "aggravating or mitigating" circumstances that may influence readers' opinions of her guilt. The authors make the point that evolving attitudes and standards can make reassessment an interesting and fruitful exercise, even if, as in most of the cases here, no definitive conclusions are reached.
Yolen and Stemple speak directly to readers and appear bickering delightfully as they model good discussion behavior (and shoes!) in a page of comics at the end of each chapter. Their enthusiasm for their subjects is contagious, abetted by playful language that makes Bad Girls a snap-crackling read. Alliteration, rhyme, short sentences, and a conversational tone combine with sometimes-challenging vocabulary to make this book quick but by no means dumbed-down.
A hearty bibliography will give a girl a leg up on the further reading that she is sure to want to do. Feminist, intelligent, and open-ended, this book respects its readers as much as it does its subjects.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD (less)
A little sloppy. Dangling asterisks, spelling errors and consistent use of "it's" instead of "its" WILL make some readers cr...moreThis review is of an ARC.
A little sloppy. Dangling asterisks, spelling errors and consistent use of "it's" instead of "its" WILL make some readers crazy. Citing study results without conveying the name, date, or sponsoring institution (not even in the bibliography) chips at the book's credibility. BUT. The topics are interesting, the tone is engaging, and the book introduces important concepts (media panic, correlation does not imply causation, flaws of self-reported surveys, etc) and uses logic to examine assertions in a way that will be mind-expanding for many teen readers. I'll allow it.(less)