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The Shape of Water
I really love this cover.
I just wish the book lived up to it. I'm only a couple of chapters in, but I'm seriously considering abandoning this book bec
Jul 02, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, #1)
Meh. I don't remember this book much. I guess it was okay.
Oct 1997
Jun 07, 2007
The Wind Singer (Wind on Fire, #1)
**spoiler alert** Reading the reviews comparing this book/trilogy to The Wizard Of Oz and His Dark Materials, I can't help but be insulted. There is n ...more
Aug 24, 2009
May 25, 2007
Ella Enchanted
**spoiler alert** This was my favorite book in third grade. I still think it's really good, but I've read it like eighty billion times, so some of the ...more
Jan 1998
May 25, 2007
Goodnight Moon
I think I need to re-read this. People's reviews make it sound wonderfully disturbing. Perhaps many children's books are like this when read by a non- ...more
not set
Apr 27, 2008
Redwall (Redwall, #1)
This book was fairly amusing, but the whole Redwall series never really interested me. I'm sorry, but rodents and small creatures battling isn't exact ...more
Jan 1998
May 25, 2007
Owl Howl
Kinda cute, but anticlimactic.
Apr 07, 2015
Apr 07, 2015
Indigara: Firebird Novella
Indigara impressed me. Not only did it prove to me that Tanith Lee could write something that was simultaneously futuristic and fantastical without ma ...more
Jul 06, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
Forest of the Pygmies (Eagle and Jaguar, #3)
**spoiler alert** An interesting story, but something about the writing (maybe the fact that it was translated from the original Spanish, maybe just s ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
The Birdoplane Gang
Most of these stars are for the epigraph ("Everything that happens to a person after he is fourteen is of no real importance") and the first paragraph ...more
May 10, 2012
May 03, 2012
Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook (Greenwood Folklore Handbooks)
It's a pretty straightforward and simplistic introduction to...folk and fairy tales. Which presumes the whole oral history thing which Bottigheimer wo ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
I Hate My Bow! (no Me Gusta Mi Mono ) Level 1 (Hola, Lector!)
For some reason, I remembered the ending as different than it was. I won't ruin it for you, though. I'll just tell you that the moral is nonconformity ...more
Sep 1996
May 26, 2007
Ventures into Childland: Victorians, Fairy Tales, and Femininity
U.C. Knoepflmacher, in addition to having hilarious initials, has a relatively insightful perspective on literature. I appreciate his situating the te ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
Great Lies to Tell Small Kids
Some of these lies don't live up to the title. But some of them are downright hilarious. And the pictures vacillate between being adorable/weird and u ...more
Jun 04, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
In Search of Mockingbird
This girl's fellow bus passengers are unrealistically friendly. And her obsession with TKAM flattens out her character to a maddening degree. (Which i ...more
Jan 16, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Owl Babies
Owl babies are adorable. This book must be read aloud, so as to use adorable owl-baby voices. Especially for Percy. Percy gets the cutest voice.
Jan 1997
Apr 24, 2008
Not as vacuous as you might think an alphabet book would be. Yes, there were cutesy illustrations. Yes, there were words for each letter scattered on ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters
A decent idea, and the illustrations are pleasant enough...but the text itself suffered from a severe lack of oomph. The attempt to market a message o ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
A Funny Man
Sep 1995
May 26, 2007
The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (Goosebumps, #28)
R.L. Stine was overrated. He remains that way.
Jan 1998
May 29, 2007
Catherine, Called Birdy
Heh, egg-head.
Jan 2004
May 29, 2007
The Game
The back of this book had little snippets from other authors, and that was pretty much why I checked it out. I mean, if Robin McKinley says "I love ...more
Jun 27, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
The Shadow Thieves (Cronus Chronicles, #1)
Smarmy writing, but still more interesting than Global Studies.

Cute story. The writing was very informal (in addition to being smarmy), but I thi
May 07, 2008
May 06, 2008
Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles, #1)
One star off for spelling it "faerie***." Otherwise, this book was really good. An absorbing fantasy-world-meets-real-world story that manages to go k ...more
May 30, 2009
May 28, 2009
The View from Saturday
I appreciate that this author is trying to teach young people the importance of courtesy, but I have quite a few issues with the way the characters ar ...more
Jun 08, 2011
Oct 11, 2007
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The afterward talks about Mark Twain's inspiration for the novel (seeing children's shenanigans in church, and drawing on his personal experiences to ...more
Jun 15, 2010
May 27, 2010
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
Disturbingly good, if I remember correctly. Kind of dark. With glossy, deeply-pigmented pictures. I have fond memories of reading and re-reading this, ...more
not set
Mar 22, 2011
Waifs and Strays
Maybe it was because of all the praise on the book calling Charles de Lint the best modern fantasy writer, but I was kind of severely disappointed. Wh ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears
Omigoodness, they made more of these books. I mean after this one. I knew about this one. I read it as soon as I found out about it. I enjoyed it simi ...more
Oct 1996
May 29, 2007
Can You Play?
I think this is the correct edition. It's for early readers, so there was this running word bank at the tops of the pages...which I found disturbing b ...more
Dec 02, 2013
Dec 06, 2013
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