I just happen to love Jen Hatmaker, and in my head she's my porch buddy and we shop at Target together, so it really wasn't a stretch for me to enjoyI just happen to love Jen Hatmaker, and in my head she's my porch buddy and we shop at Target together, so it really wasn't a stretch for me to enjoy this book. She's got great timing and wit, as she talks about having grace while not adhering to or successfully achieving the pinnacles set by today's secular OR church societies. Learning to be a little less hard on ourselves when we fall, but having a lot more dignity when we get up. She talks at length about how much the church of today differs from the Word that we are following, and how if we follow the tenets as intended, they're really not that hard; LOVE people, FORGIVE people, SERVE people, be KIND to people, etc. She never shys away from turning the finger-point back at herself, however, and talks about how clueless and closeminded she was once, before she recognized that if God's word didn't apply to EVERYONE, then it wasn't true for ANYONE. Aside from the parts regarding religion, I think anyone who appreciates honest chick-chat about keeping up with family, finding time for friendships in this breakneck speed society, or even just how hard it is to be an extroverted introvert, would love this book. ...more
When a young boy is asked by curious friends how his life with two moms works, he answers honestly and proudly!*** Digital ARC provided by Netgaley***
When a young boy is asked by curious friends how his life with two moms works, he answers honestly and proudly! A very gentle book for adressing the curiosities that children are bound to have when someone's family differs from their own. I really enjoyed both A Tale Of Two Mommies and A Tale Of Two Daddies. Both stories dealt with the children's questions as honestly as possible and not from a place of invasiveness or bullying. Kids are going to ask questions, it's their very nature, and answering them honestly and respectfully is the best way to foster and model the respect and care that they should have. The illustrations are adorable and feature diverse characters and settings. The parents are illustrated in "Muppet Babies" style, and only drawn from the neck or legs down in most cases, really bringing the focus down to the kid's eye view and the differences in the mommies and daddies themselves are subtle, (Poppa wears sneakers while Daddy is shown in dress shoes). A really cute pair of books, perfect for a classroom, library, or as a gift!...more
Ignore the blurb. This book is so much more than a road trip.
Boy, is the 17 year old son of Frankenstein's Monster and The Bride.
The stitched familyIgnore the blurb. This book is so much more than a road trip.
Boy, is the 17 year old son of Frankenstein's Monster and The Bride.
The stitched family lives and works in The Show; an eclectic theater community founded by the elusive vampire Ruthven. While Boy loves his family, and spends his days admiring a young Trowe(troll) girl named Liel, he longs to leave The Show and spend more time in the outside world. He wants to make his mark. To be seen as more than just a monster, or a "robot boy", as his tormentor Shaun "The Fawn" calls him, by using his computer genius to unleash the greatest computer virus ever seen. In fact, the only thing keeping him from doing just that is his parents, and his incurable crush on a Trowe (troll) girl named Liel.
The Show is full of well-known monsters, but it is headlined (no pun intended), by the Diva herself; Medusa. Medusa, as well as The Siren and other magical performers use their magic to seduce and entertain the mostly human audiences they get 6 days a week. When they get out of hand, and overuse the magic, The Monster goes to work. By turning off his emotions, Frankenstein's monster is able to make himself immune to magic and restore order as Ruthven's top muscle. While his job is necessary and good, it comes with a price, and Boy would rather not follow in the path. When his restlessness is revealed prematurely, Boy's father decides it's time to tell him that they want him to go to school in Geneva and study under the Frankenstein family of scientists.
Boy hates the Frankenstein family, for what he feels they reduced his father to, and would rather leave The Show, than to be subjected to them. He leaves and decides to bunk with one of his human friends from the internet, while continuing to work on his virus. Then one day, Liel shows up, claiming that he sent her an email professing his love for her. While the content was true, Boy is confused. Who could have sent the email? Then his roommate disappears, and things get even stranger. His internet buddies say that someone named Vi, has been telling them everything he's been doing, and that she is almost certainly a stalker.
Pretty soon, Vi reveals herself. She's none other than Boy's computer Virus!
It's ALIVE!! In very Matrix-y fashion, Vi does begin to stalk Boy, until both he and Liel are forced to live off the grid.
By then, the new car smell has rubbed off of their romance, and The Monster has sent out Mozart, the company werewolf to track them. Liel decides to return to The Show, but Mozart knows just the place for Boy to continue on his journey to find himself.
He takes him to meet Adam, a wind-up man, who has been taking care of Claire/Sophie, the granddaughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. (Note how long it took for me to get to that. See why I said not to follow the blurb?)
So NOW, we are on this very Oz-like roadtrip, where Boy must come to terms with his own feelings about his failed romance with Liel, thoughts on Claire/Sophie, and his rebellion towards his parents. Along the way, he also has to examine his own heart and realize that for as much as he hates the Frankenstein legacy he was born into, when it comes to Vi, he may be more like his "Grandfather" the Doctor, than he ever realized.
I can't even begin to tell you how many times I watched "The Monster Squad" as a child. (dating myself, shut up) There's just something about seeing monsters with their feelings and families that makes you all squishy on the inside. And Frankenstein, like the loveable Scarecrow of Oz, is always one of those monsters where you know he's creepy as ever, but you love him anyway.
This book was fun and easy. You could settle into it almost immediately, especially if you chose the audiobook as I did, which was narrated by the author. Boy was a relate-able character, as odd as that is to say, and you wanted to root for him even when he was doing something incredibly dumb. (view spoiler)[Like not telling Mozart about Vi when he had the chance. Geez dude, get some sense. (hide spoiler)]
As many other reviewers have said, the story does go in a myriad of directions, and you can get a little lost at times. For the first half of the book, I thought maybe the publisher put the wrong information on the blurb because I had yet to hear one word about Jekyll or Hyde. But for it's faults, there were a lot of fun strengths as well. The use of so many creatures from all facets of mythology, fairy, and folk tales, including well known ones like The Invisible Man or Medusa, and also lesser known ones like Charon, Kitsune, and Ruthven, was one of those great strengths.
It's not a book for every reader, but it's definitely the perfect book for the right reader.
Instantly hooked. For lovers of "The Fifth Element", "Aeon Flux", and other humorous but somehow realistic Sci-Fi, will love this series. After how muchInstantly hooked. For lovers of "The Fifth Element", "Aeon Flux", and other humorous but somehow realistic Sci-Fi, will love this series. After how much I loved Y:The Last Man, I should have known I would love anything Brian K. Vaughan produces. ...more
Welp, that sexpot librarian myth is on a whole other level here. LOL
As a young child, Suzie experienced a great loss. When her father is killed, and hWelp, that sexpot librarian myth is on a whole other level here. LOL
As a young child, Suzie experienced a great loss. When her father is killed, and her mother slips into alcoholism, she accidentally discovers that the one time when her mind isn't plagued by sadness and confusion is whens she masturbates. As a matter of fact, time stands still when she does. Literally.
In "The Quiet", as she calls it, Suzie finds escape and peace, and courage. Confused about sex, she starts to seek information from the school sluts, her gynecologist, and even her mother, but none give her the information she seeks until a promiscuous upper classmate takes her aside and gives her more information than she can handle. Confused, she goes where EVERYONE should go when they need help sorting information; the library.
When years later, the bank plans to foreclose on her beloved library, Suzie decides to hold a fundraiser to raise money to save it, and it's there that she meets Jon. Jon is smart, and funny, and can quote her favorite book Lolita. In the heat of the moment, she decides to throw caution to the wind and have sex with Jon, but when she does, learns that Jon shares her "skill".
Over the next few days, or their continuous date, the two share sexual histories, their discoveries of life in The Quiet. Within, they learn that there are things that can be done within The Quiet, that could serve them in the real world. Namely, that there may be a way to use that frozen time, to get the money Suzie needs to save the library.
But there are rules to The Quiet, and these two are about to find them out.
This was strange, and interesting, and hilarious. A little jumpy at points, as it took a while to figure out what was going on in some panels, but not bad. I'm curious to see where this goes. ...more
When I was a school librarian, and the Invention of Hugo Cabret was taking the library by storm, I had a ton of parents whoWhy didn't I think of this?
When I was a school librarian, and the Invention of Hugo Cabret was taking the library by storm, I had a ton of parents who couldn't understand why their 1st and 2nd graders were clamoring for the giant book. They were always pleasantly surprised to find that the book was hiding a pretty big secret, the fact that the majority of the book was art. This book is kind of the opposite. Kids will feel like they're in on the secret.
As the author shared with librarians as part of his speech to the American Library Association, every kid who brings you a book to read to the is kind of a mini-producer. They bring you their favorite story, knowing that you may be reading it but that they are in control. You will huff and puff and blow the house down. You WILL make the scary voice of the witches. They own you.
This book allows kids to see that power work for them in a way that gets their imaginations and giggles all going full speed. True to title, there are absolutely no pictures in this book, not even the obligatory author photo on the book flap, but there are some amazingly ridiculous words, written in colorful and bold fonts. Kids,(and adults. Trust me, I had five adults read this before I handed it to a child), start the book out hesitantly, wondering if they've made a mistake by choosing it, until they hit that first twist.
Say what we will, but the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of people, not just kids, who run screaming from any and every book that is word-heavy. For years, book snobs have, whether admitting it or not, equated someone's literacy skills based on whether they choose books with illustrations. It's been a running joke for years. The beauty of this book is that it reminds(not really teaches) us that we can create the pictures in our own minds and that there is power in the written word.
While reading, I could instantly identify the kids who would love it, and I'm sure this one will be a great storytime choice for teachers and librarians. ...more
Travis Coates died of cancer five years ago. Or at least, his body did. His head was cryogenically preserved until which time that a donor body could bTravis Coates died of cancer five years ago. Or at least, his body did. His head was cryogenically preserved until which time that a donor body could be collected for him to be reanimated with. Sounds crazy, right?
Well it sounded that way to his girlfriend, best friend, and parents also, when he told them five years ago that he'd be ending his fight with cancer and flying to Denver for the operation that would hopefully give him a second chance at life. For five years, they mourned him, and continued with life, until a crazy thing happened.
Now, Travis is back, and feeling as though he only just told them goodbye when the anesthesia set in. So finding out that his girlfriend is now 21 and engaged, or that his best friend is living at college, is a shock to say the least. His parents are oddly the same, and his room is some "gray ikea nightmare" that he's never seen before. And worst of all, he's back in high school, and back in the same alegebra class he hated the first time.
What I loved about this book was how effortlessly it read. It was a one-sitting read, in fact. Travis was a very believable 16 year old boy, trapped in a 22 year old brain, blessed with a new 16 year old body. Every little thing that one would think to be a quirky and humorous thought, (what's it like to have another person's private parts, or how weird would it be to have an entire body to reject rather than an organ), was included. Travis was very present and understanding of how weird everything about his second chance at life was, and he made light of it in order to make sense of it for himself and those around him. He was a really cool kid, who had awful luck the first go round, and you couldn't help but feel bad for him even though he'd clearly been given a second chance.
The love story of he and Cate, the girlfriend who'd had to watch him wither away, was almost toothache painful to read, because it was so honest. He was just on the verge of living a wonderful life until that stupid cancer just came in and pulled the rug right out from under everyone. Travis' anger and frustration was palpable. I know what it feels like to overcome something and still be furious that you can't recover the things you lost along the way.
The author doesn't spend too much time on the particulars, which to me felt like an episode of Futurama anyway, and didn't focus on the religious or scientific implications either. That said, nothing felt completely ridiculous, and I was quite taken with how seamlessly, no head pun intended, the merger of fact and clear fantasy were intertwined.
I won't post any spoilers, but I definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a great male protagonist, and a touching but entertaining story. ...more
Once again, I look at the other reviews and think, "lighten up". Okay, so this is a book about butts. Chicken butts, bear butts, deer derrieres, etc. AOnce again, I look at the other reviews and think, "lighten up". Okay, so this is a book about butts. Chicken butts, bear butts, deer derrieres, etc. A clever bear assembles a rather peculiar totem pole to help him reach a high honeycomb. Each animal has no choice but to stare at the bum above him, all to disastrous results. I thought it was funny, as a lot of kids get to an age where butts are the funniest taboos. I know a kid who made it her business to poke people in the butt whenever she saw them at age 4, and would practically pee herself in giggles afterwards. For families, or classrooms, or storytime groups, with that sense of humor, this is a perfect little gigglefest. ...more
Two of my favorite Children's Book authors, Comedian Michael Ian Black, and Peter Brown take on this story of a hilarious and sneaky little mind-readiTwo of my favorite Children's Book authors, Comedian Michael Ian Black, and Peter Brown take on this story of a hilarious and sneaky little mind-reading monkey. He knows just what you're thinking about. In fact, there's a full two-page spread of his huge eyes staring into yours just so he can extract the truth! Voila! You're thinking about a Purple Kangaroo who is on the hunt for his best friend, a wild-eyed chinchilla named Senor Ernesto de Pantalones. Right? Right.
This would be a PERFECT storytime book for the kindergarten/1st grade crowd. ...more