These are not so much short stories about but character sketches, almost as if Rowling was showing her character sheets for Umbridge and Slughorn amonThese are not so much short stories about but character sketches, almost as if Rowling was showing her character sheets for Umbridge and Slughorn among others. The highlights are also a list of the Minsters of Magic, which includes some funny tidbits. If you are a Harry Potter fan, these are worth a read and nicely add to the universe....more
This is actually sweet, but not too sweet. Despite what seems to be a QH on the cover, it concerns standardbreds and thoroughbreds more than anything.This is actually sweet, but not too sweet. Despite what seems to be a QH on the cover, it concerns standardbreds and thoroughbreds more than anything. Set in the 1960s, it shows the determination of Suzy to get a pony for Christmas. She digs up grass, for instance, to make sure she has something to fed it. It's cute and sweet, and a nice short read....more
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The best new television show for the 2015-2016 year is Underground. Shown on the WGN network, the sDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley and Open Road Media.
The best new television show for the 2015-2016 year is Underground. Shown on the WGN network, the series is about a group of slaves in the 1850s trying to escape. At times the show, as most television shows do, stretch the bounds of believability (how is one slave such a good shot despite never using a gun before, would those two people really be brothers, and how is that geography working for you?), yet the show is one that everyone should watch. It really does confront the evils of slavery head, including the white slave owner allowing the whipping of his mixed race child while the young woman’s mother looks on (this series also handles rape extremely well). Some of the criticism that show has garnered as also been on the lines of why you are bringing this up now.
Sometimes, I can’t deal with stupid (or worse) people.
The reason why I bring this up is that Open Road Media has re-issued Paula Fox’s Slave Dancer in kindle format.
Slave Dancer tells the story of a young boy, Jessie, who is shanghaied onto a slave ship. This ship transports slaves, illegally. Jessie’s job is to get the slaves to dance by playing music. This isn’t because the captain wants the slaves to be happy, but because he wants the slave to arrive looking fit or at least worth playing.
Perhaps the kidnapping aspect is a bit contrived and its use to make Jessie, who lives in New Orleans, a more sympathetic character than he otherwise, would be. Perhaps, but despite this, the story itself is still powerful. Fox does not pull her punches. Jessie’s trip is horrifying. In many ways, Fox follows in Twain’s tradition footsteps. If Huck Finn is about a boy raised in the slave holding South who learns to see a slave as a man, as a de facto father, then Fox‘s book is about a boy’s discovering of a conscious. The trip destroys as opposed to answer’s Jessie’s obsession with slavery trading, something that he was pushed away from as a child in New Orleans. His journey to objecting about slavery, something he only had curiosity about before, also seems to mirror that of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
And this is why this children’s book is important - we need to know the past and comfort it. But we need to know it in its true form (or as true as we can get). To simply say slave or enslaved doesn’t capture what happened. And this book is a work of fiction, true. But fiction, in some ways, has the power to show truth in a way that non-fiction doesn’t. ...more
So I loved this book when I was a kid. I mean really loved this book. The problem was that it wasn't mine. It belong to a school library in StockholmSo I loved this book when I was a kid. I mean really loved this book. The problem was that it wasn't mine. It belong to a school library in Stockholm where my family was staying for a time.
I finally (so many years later) got my own copy. And you know, it is as good as I remember it. A wonderful story about a Platypus. Cute but not overly so. Wonderful....more
I was cataloging my Ladybirds and re-read this one. For a children's book there is a quite a bit of drama. I also like how the mother and sister are dI was cataloging my Ladybirds and re-read this one. For a children's book there is a quite a bit of drama. I also like how the mother and sister are doing the rescue....more
I never really thought about moles much until I read William Horwood’s Book of Silence Trilogy and his Duncton Chronicl Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
I never really thought about moles much until I read William Horwood’s Book of Silence Trilogy and his Duncton Chronicles (the actual reading order should be Chronicles and then Silence). I liked Wind in the Willows, but I was a Ratty person, if you know what I mean. But after journeying with Horwood’s Privet, Mayweed, Rooster, and others, I’ve never looked at mole the same way.
Which is why when I saw this book as a read now option on Netgalley, I downloaded it.
Kuhlmann’s mole is a fable, like most animal tales are on some level. Perhaps, it is too heavy handed. I say perhaps because I found it a little heavy handed, but this is a picture book with little text. If I was a child, I’m not sure I would have the same reaction.
It’s a simple story, and a timely one, about when is too much progress too much. It is mostly pictures, with opening and closing lines being the primary written words. There are front and back pages done like newspapers, pointing to the past and future of Moletown. More importantly, the newspaper type illustrations at the end of the book make up for the abrupt ending of the painted story.
The charm in the book is the illustrations. Kuhlmann’s illustrations are stunning and even when seen on a computer screen, incredibly detailed. There is great use light as well as flashes of humor in how the moles are depicted. It is the type of illustrated book that will be treasured not so much for the story, but the beautiful rendering of that story. ...more
The conceit behind Artemous is quite simply and lovely, and not just because it is geared to get young children to look at art more closely. The Arte
The conceit behind Artemous is quite simply and lovely, and not just because it is geared to get young children to look at art more closely. The Artemous lives in a museum and can magically enter paintings to restore them. He also can, for instance, dance with Degas’ ballerinas.
The children’s book is lavishly illustrated, including various works of art that are listed in the back of the book, including the title, artist, and year. The captions also encourage the reader to look closely at the painting, to study it not just in the book, but also if the child is brought to an art museum.
It’s a lovely book, more about observation than actual story, but still wonderfully adorable. ...more