Some dreams are scary every time. There is nothing you can do - except wake up. p.74 A fun graphic novel for older elementary and even middle school. I...moreSome dreams are scary every time. There is nothing you can do - except wake up. p.74 A fun graphic novel for older elementary and even middle school. I found some of the wording difficult to understand, but that could be due to the translation. I love the idea of heroes that will help you battle your nightmares if you write them a letter and leave it under your pillow. (less)
Love it! I'm not sure I'm convinced about Marcus though. I think this would be great for boys who are looking for lots of action right off the bat. Gi...moreLove it! I'm not sure I'm convinced about Marcus though. I think this would be great for boys who are looking for lots of action right off the bat. Girls as well. So many fun things that could be done with this book: imagination, poverty, perseverance, and change. (less)
I knew something was fishy about this book when I opened it up and saw the foreword. But I shrugged it off and continued. Then I turned the page and s...moreI knew something was fishy about this book when I opened it up and saw the foreword. But I shrugged it off and continued. Then I turned the page and saw, introduction. Okay this was weird. I haven't ran into a foreword AND an introduction since I was in college. I closed the book, turned to the spine to double check that it was intended for children. Maybe I was mistaken and grabbed this out of the adult section at the library. Nope. Juvenile.
I finished reading the forward and the introduction. The last sentence was, We hope you enjoy it. Hmm... weird way to begin a book. Well... I did enjoy the illustrations quite a bit. I feasted on the colors and line details. Especially devoured the night scenes. The use of different fonts for each character's dialogue was a unique and wonderfully unexpected touch. But, the language was not of the same quality as the illustrations. The only way I can describe it is dumbed down.
The pond animals have asked us to do them a favor: Get ride of Mr. Big! Yes, it will be a daunting and dangerous task, but think of the rewards: Without him, we would rule the pond! I suggest we first observe him for a few days to learn his routines. Then we can determine when and how to attack him.
Come on! These are crows! Crows! Joyce Sidman wrote a poem in their honor because they're organisms who have beaten the odds of survival!
It wasn't just the crow dialogue either. It was the frogs, the crayfish, the fish, newts, etc. They had no dimension other than delivering a message to the reader: (Finger pointing and waggling in your face) Everything has a niche in nature and just one thing can make it go haywire! I think the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild said it much more eloquently. (less)
That's what I was asking myself when I finished Chopsticks. The book's layout reminds me of a scrapbook, but throw in some t...more"What was that all about?"
That's what I was asking myself when I finished Chopsticks. The book's layout reminds me of a scrapbook, but throw in some text message conversations and YouTube links (which are real, BTW). So it was this catchy-flashy presentation that ultimately had me pick Chopsticks up off the New Books shelf at the library. Gawd, I'm a sucker.
The book starts out with a missing person report (presented primarily through news clips and a little text, think ticker at the bottom of the TV.) Cool! Maybe it will lead to a murder? Even more interesting! But as I keep turning the pages my eyeballs are accosted by images of a waif thin girl and uberattractive people who have as much personality as the models in store-bought picture frames. Seriously? How am I suppose to relate to these characters? They don't look like "real" people. Not to mention the main character (Glory) and her father (Victor) look to be about the same age. Eeewwww.
Honestly, there really isn't much going on in the area of plot. The authors relied too heavily on the presentation. On a positive note I think I can sum up the story in 5 sentences. Starving piano prodigy, Glory, goes missing. A couple pages of flashbacks. Jump to the present and meet the model looking neighbor boy who gets bad grades and falls in love with Glory. (Was that a run-on?) Starving girl has a nervous breakdown and is sent to a rehab facility where she misses her neighbor-boy-boyfriend. She runs away and meets up with the boy.
Ugh. Not to mention the other just plain weird stuff. Like the letter head used for the school and the rehab are the same. The principal of Willard Dunn School for Boys and the Chief Administrator of Golden Rest Facility appear to be the same person.
I'm too confused and not at all invested to care. (less)
I like Anya. She's a typical teenager who worries about: fitting in at school, having the right friends, boys, her body, and how embarrassing her fami...moreI like Anya. She's a typical teenager who worries about: fitting in at school, having the right friends, boys, her body, and how embarrassing her family can be. Hmmm... as an adult I worry about: money and paying bills, my job performance and overall enjoyment, keeping my one to two good friends, boys, my body, and how embarrassing my family can be. Seriously, some things you never grow out of.
Anya's Ghost gets two stars, because I did like it it just didn't leave me desperate to read it again. I do think teens will devour the books since it hits many situations teens find themselves in, and Anya kicked some booty in each one of them. But that may be where I was a little bummed. It all worked out just... perfectly. From my own experience I kept making the same dumb mistakes (liking people I shouldn't, trying to impresses people by doing idiotic acts, etc) over and over. Some teenage lessons take lots of practice to nail. I guess I would like Anya demonstrate to teens that it takes time and it doesn't always work out perfect the first time.
Would I recommend the book? I'm trying to figure out a teen to give my copy to!
P.S. The drawings are awesome, and the monochromatic color scheme really makes the story dark and a little creepy. (less)