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The Royal Book of Oz (Oz, #15)
I had recently re-read all the original Oz books with my son, and finally decided that I wanted to see what the non-Baum books were like. My son, on t ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies
A fantastic collection. The best thing I can say about it is that I had gotten it out of the library, but bought the book even before finishing it, be ...more
Aug 2014
Jul 08, 2014
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
More of a mood than a story for a great deal of it, which I came to enjoy. It was nice to read small parts of it, like a poem, instead of treating it ...more
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
I'll admit, I've known of this book for a long time, but had been avoiding it as probably just another Oz rendition. But I was in the library with my ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
Saint Patrick: Ireland's Patron Saint
Interesting information, but terrible writing. I'm not sure which audience it was for - it seemed like children's writing, but only because it didn't ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
Sand Dollar Summer
**spoiler alert** There are some spoilers in this, so if you hadn't read it you might not want to read past this paragraph. On the whole, it was a fun ...more
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Sep 17, 2014
When You Reach Me
**spoiler alert** I hid the review because of spoilers, but still want to highlight that. Spoilers!

I read this book solely because it was assigned to
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
Swords of Mars (Barsoom, #8)
In my mind, the best John Carter book. He's the main character in the first three books, and then functions as a King Arthur figure when he shows up a ...more
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Mar 13, 2012
Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)
**spoiler alert** This book was difficult to find - the entire library system didn't have it, nor did the used bookstores. It made me feel that perhap ...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story
I gave this book five stars because it was very readable. Every spare moment I had, I wanted to pick it up, and I'm always glad when I find a book tha ...more
Aug 24, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1)
I read this mainly because I want to see "Saving Mr. Banks," and thought it couldn't hurt to know what Travers' original story was (along those lines, ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
Victor of Vita: History of the Vandal Persecution
I picked up this book after it was listed as a primary source for a book on Vandal history. But, to paraphrase the book's intro, it is very helpful to ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
A Night in the Lonesome October
A friend was telling me how much he liked Lovecraft, and it reminded me of this book. I wanted to recommend it, but then realized that I had read it s ...more
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
Aetius: Attila's Nemesis
The thing I like best about Hughes' books is that they hone in on one historical figure. Most historians would shy away from that, at least at that ti ...more
Aug 13, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
Ella Enchanted
I have to admit, I read this book because I saw the movie. And also because I've read a lot of fairy tale blogs that see the movie as an abomination. ...more
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes, #1)
One of the best fairy-tale inspired YA novels I've ever read, mainly because of the characters. Each prince had his own distinct personality, so much ...more
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Sep 13, 2012
Bill Peet: An Autobiography
I had known of Bill Peet's children's books, but I hadn't realized that he had worked for Disney, and how many feature films he had worked on as well. ...more
Apr 28, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
The Gods of Mars / The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #2-3)
**spoiler alert**
Though it's decidedly pulp fiction, I get more enthralled the more I read. It's definitely a page turner, as the two books in this v
Oct 06, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
The Genie Scheme
The characters were fun, especially the genie. The main character, Janna, is initially not very appealing, but, then again, she's not supposed to be. ...more
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Feb 22, 2014
Grimm's Last Fairytale: A Novel
It's an engaging booK, that's really three stories in one. The frame story is somewhat slow, but that's in the nature of the story that's being told. ...more
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Feb 07, 2014
Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature
**spoiler alert** A good, well written book, that was very informative about their lives. My only problem with it was the subtitle, which is very misl ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
Pandora Gets Jealous (Mythic Misadventures #1)
I read mythology a lot, and so thought I'd seen it all - modern day versions, comedy, poetic. Then along comes this. The premise is really creative - ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
History of the Wars, Books III and IV The Vandalic War
**spoiler alert** I picked up this book because it was often refenced as a primary source in Vandal history books. As such, I expected it to be inform ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
The Vandals (The Peoples Of Europe)
I found this after reading Jacobsen's A History of the Vandals, which was a good order to read these two books. This book gave a lot of background/cul ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
Surrealist Art
A good introduction to a subject I've wanted to read about for a long time. The author is very knowledgeable, and in fact knew many of the people invo ...more
May 11, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
Cordially Uninvited
I would have given this a three, but my daughter (who is the age of the main character) would give it a five, so I decided to call it a four. I think ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull
One of the things I liked about this book was the use of primary sources, especially the interviews with people who had actually known Sitting Bull. T ...more
Oct 06, 2014
Sep 18, 2014
Favorite Children's Stories from China and Tibet
The back story to this book seems as interesting as the book - the author was the wife of a doctor, and the two of them spent a long time in China, th ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz
An excellent resource, especially considering that it's juvenile biography. I not only learned about the Oz books, but the many other books and series ...more
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
Barnaby, Vol. 1: 1942-1943 (Barnaby, #1)
I've always liked comic strips, especially the classic ones. And since it's by the author of Harold and the Purple crayon, I had to pick this up.

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Sep 24, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
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