Absolutely gorgeous, wonderfully illustrated - just about goes without saying. Chris Riddell is utterly masterful at what be does.
The story was sweetAbsolutely gorgeous, wonderfully illustrated - just about goes without saying. Chris Riddell is utterly masterful at what be does.
The story was sweet (and teary-eyed Ottoline was almost too cute to handle), albeit less developed than the first two books in the series. The only major drawback here though is how poorly the "bog googles" work. The final mystery image page is still, well, a mystery to me. Surely the story would have felt more complete had I been able to better discern the images. Seems like a major oversight, unfortunate oversight. Still, a beautiful book I'm happy to own and will undoubtedly spend lots more time starring at....more
Hooo boy. Anything that could have gone wrong on the Heffley's family road trip certainly did. The amount of misery Mrs. Heffley put the family througHooo boy. Anything that could have gone wrong on the Heffley's family road trip certainly did. The amount of misery Mrs. Heffley put the family through in this Wimpy Kid installment was almost too much, truth be told. Not that it wasn't funny. Jeff Kinney is always funny. This one was just... really easy to commiserate with, maybe. I've never felt BAD for Greg until now. Moms though, ammiright?
I wouldn't have minded losing the pig and gaining a Rowley appearance, but the scene with the cheese curds and child leash made up for that. ...more
Cute, and a series I would have been eagerly anticipated new releases from in elementary school. As an adult reader, I found several of the plot devicCute, and a series I would have been eagerly anticipated new releases from in elementary school. As an adult reader, I found several of the plot devices flimsy (why not make Mr. Beeston have a longer lasting memory eraser, for example, instead of claiming that in 12 long years he never once missed an afternoon tea with Mary Penelope, which is so hard to believe, especially when he's so curmudgeony?), and, admittedly, I couldn't help wondering how Emily's fish father could have ever mated with her mother (does he keep his manhood in a tail pocket too?), but that's true of any mer-human love story. What's perhaps more important is that I appreciated and related to Emily's desire for a best friend, and her happy ending, complete with mom, dad, Shona, a secret island, saying sayonara to junior high and the mean girls therein, AND getting to shock her enemies (though again with Mr. Beeston. Who SEES A MERMAID but is then like "oh what? You brought doughnuts..." and wanders off for a snack?) made for a sweetly satisfying conclusion.
Elementary school-me would definitely have continued with the series, and adult-me is curious to see if the story strengthens as it continues. I'm pretty generous with television pilots episodes; willing to accept that they're just getting their bearings, establishing the world and its characters. I can see Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep being all the better because we won't need to wonder at how she became a mermaid, and we can just jump into the adventure. Only one way to find out though...
It's a real bonus that artist Sarah Gibb's cover art and chapter illustrations are so beautiful. I wish there were more artwork, or at least a few full page illustrations.