This was an extremely funny book about a pretty normal alligator who is trying to have a normal day, against the exaggerated observations of a pesky nThis was an extremely funny book about a pretty normal alligator who is trying to have a normal day, against the exaggerated observations of a pesky narrator.
What I loved about this book is the message that sometimes we project our own opinions onto others or allow ourselves to believe what we hear about others. Snappsy is repeatedly described in the narration as a big, mean, hungry, alligator, but in the inner panels, Snappsy himself usually clears things up. "I'm just hungry! Why is this narrator trying to make it seem like I need a nap?"
A great lesson about getting things directly from the horses alligator's mouth, and also about how getting to know someone rather than judging them on what we think could gain us a new friend. ...more
An unabashed loud, proud, ode to the "Drag Race" generation.
I needed a funny, lighthearted end-of-summer read, and when I saw the premise for Drag TeeAn unabashed loud, proud, ode to the "Drag Race" generation.
I needed a funny, lighthearted end-of-summer read, and when I saw the premise for Drag Teen, I knew it would fit the bill.
When small town Florida-teen JT finds out that he hasn't received the scholarship he applied for, his college dreams are instantly out of reach. His mother is more concerned with herself, and his dad decides that it's a no-brainer that JT should just stay and work on cars at their family-owned gas station. For JT, this is NOT an option. He has to get out of here.
But when his boyfriend Seth tells him about another chance to earn a scholarship, the Drag Teen competition, JT scoffs. A horrendous response to the first and ONLY time he'd tried drag in a school talent competition, has left him less than willing to ever try it again.
Faced with the idea of not being able to get out of this town and become who he knows he's destined to be, JT decides that he'll take the risk. With Seth and his bestfriend Heather, they decide to take a roadtrip towards his dreams, and find themselves along the way.
Followers of Drag culture, or at the least, RuPaul's Drag Race, will notice the teen-sized descriptions of some of our favorite Queens. I found myself thinking, "well that's clearly LaGanja Estranga", or other well known characters.
While I usually love audio versions, I found myself wishing I'd have read the print version of this one, to give the characters voices I preferred. But if I had any issues with the book, it was in the few cliche moments, and a fairytale ending, which seemed a bit gratuitous after having just given a more realistic one a few pages previous. Otherwise, a great story about friendship, finding your voice, and taking a risk. Hey, isn't that what being a drag queen is all about?
Fans of Julie Murphy's "Dumplin" and Tim Federle's "Better Nate than Ever" will like this one. ...more
This book wasn't terrible by any means, but could have gone so much farther.
Annie has just given birth to her first and only baby. Over the course ofThis book wasn't terrible by any means, but could have gone so much farther.
Annie has just given birth to her first and only baby. Over the course of the next 170 days of maternity leave (one should be so lucky, I thought, as I'm preparing for my measly 6-12 weeks), Annie deals with changes in her personal life, her marriage, and herself.
My biggest concern with Annie was not her feelings on being a new mom. There are stressors that come with it that nobody can truly understand, BUT there were more than a few indications that Annie had dipped beyond "the baby blues" and headed right into post-partum depression territory, but nobody ever brings it up. And then (view spoiler)[, JUST as she's about to go back to work, like literally the last week of maternity leave, everything just clicks without there ever having been a discussion on it.
Many will also find fault with Annie's dedication to following her plan for motherhood to the letter, which is not necessarily unrealistic, but was another opportunity for the author to show how we as women can benefit from learning to truly rely on "the village". Half the book is filled with people trying to support her, including her husband, that she dismisses if they vary from her plan.
I think much of this book is probably extremely relatable to a certain type of mom, and it was pretty funny in many instances. That said, the heaviness of Annie's cynicism got to be a bit too much at times, and I found myself wanting to tell her to just "shut up".
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