first and foremost, i would like to congratulate myself for finishing this. for what i thought would take no more than two days to get through; it toofirst and foremost, i would like to congratulate myself for finishing this. for what i thought would take no more than two days to get through; it took about a week. A WEEK! i read the same paragraphs over and over, thinking that perhaps i was missing something. something elegant, ruminating, and unforgettable that the pulitzer board saw, which clearly i couldn't. but no, i wasn't missing anything (except for maybe hours of my life). ooh, i feel like old ladies will see this and hate me ... but i don't care! this book was borrring and lackluster; a snoozefest.
there was such an initial appeal to these stories; set in coastal maine (how i looove it there) and an irrational, old miser of a lady to connect them all. i was sorely mistaken. this time, my soft spot for an old crank didn't beat, nor did it beat for anyone else around her. oh, and not only were these stories boring, but painfully depressing as well. how can anyone under the age of 50 read this w/o feeling dejected of their future?? if this book is representative of what truly happens with the ravages of age, maybe we're better off dying quickly and young. then again, i'd like to think that by a ripe, old, stinky age, i'd have lived a meaningful and sensational life, unlike olive kitteridge. so far, i feel i've already had. so there, take that elizabeth strout, just you try and break me......more
LOVE! pssh to whoever says this isn't really for kids! but really, am i a bad parent for wanting to incorporate this into our "stories" routine? i meanLOVE! pssh to whoever says this isn't really for kids! but really, am i a bad parent for wanting to incorporate this into our "stories" routine? i mean, aside from venting my frustrations and hopefully putting the kiddo in his place, it even has that lullabyesque cadence. i could've probably read 10 more pages of this, because frankly, some nights just end up like that......more
so i read this book because 1)it was a graphic novel and as of late, being a new mommy and all, graphic novels complement my short attention span veryso i read this book because 1)it was a graphic novel and as of late, being a new mommy and all, graphic novels complement my short attention span very well. 2)i was familiar with this guy because of the whole jeffrey brown/holy consumption affiliation and figured it was about time to read something from him, especially because the drawings were just the right type for me when it came to graphic novels and 3)because i saw it on karen's list of books that made her cry and being the nosy me, i just needed to know what sort of stuff could make her cry...
well, i cried too, but on the inside, only because i read it at work (yes, tsk on me) and i needed to stay tough there like one needs to when it comes to retail and customer service. anyway, this book is SAD. it made my insides all knotty and my limbs limp. limpy limbs. but it was lovely and dreamlike, and went into fantasy just at the right moment when reality seemed to get too rough. i am in love with the little boy in this and wish he were real for me to take home, along with his lion mask that i so badly want to try on.
this also made me fully aware of my own mortality as a mother and i swear, all i could think while reading it was to try as hard as possible to not die anytime soon......more
my 1yo son has recently become fascinated with almost all "things that go". male stereotypes prevail! boys will be boys, right? so when it came to picmy 1yo son has recently become fascinated with almost all "things that go". male stereotypes prevail! boys will be boys, right? so when it came to picking out a book on trains, i couldn't believe how limited the selection was. sure there are tons of picture books, but i was looking specifically for real-life images, something he could relate to - not drawings, not paintings, and certainly not anything thomas the engine. the dk book of trains was currently out of stock ... so i knew of roger priddy's bright baby series and was hoping to find a train equivalent to the ones we already had on animals, first words, and trucks. i love the photographs, colors, and simplicity to all of these. but alas, it seemed like trains weren't good enough to make it in the series. or were they...??
after a relentless search throughout the preschool department i was able to find this. a slightly larger board book - more like a lapboard book, it is currently my son's favorite thing to carry around, look at, and point to. so many different types and names of trains! my favorite may be the german street tram plastered with drawings of maggi products, like tomatoes, onions, and sauce - "mit maggi macht das essen spab!"; i am a sucker for food advertisements.
aside from which country a few trains are from and what the fastest is, there isn't more information and specific details. just the picture and the name - but we're ok with that. pointing to a train and making ridiculous noises of what i think it makes on the go seems to satisfy him. my ONLY disappointment is the non-presence of a true NYC subway picture. living in queens, my son's penchant derives from the elevated subway tracks and experiencing a train passing by every few minutes. the picture marked as "subway train" is actually a NJ path train, but because of its similar resemblance to our train, he points to it the most. oh man, wait till he grows up and finds out that his beloved train is NEWARK bound...
anyway, like the back of this book says: for kids who really love trains!...more
a few weeks ago when my head was throbbing from the onset of a new york city heatwave, i suddenly craved something light, fluffy, and a bit girly; thea few weeks ago when my head was throbbing from the onset of a new york city heatwave, i suddenly craved something light, fluffy, and a bit girly; the tiramisu just wasn't enough. sure, i've had my fair share of romantic comedies in film (ie currently friday nights after the kid is in bed and hubby still at work), but it's altogether a different thing to read them. it just wasn't my thing. so when i went to my books, i'm not sure why i was surprised and even a tad saddened in realising i didn't have a single contemporary chicklit.
luckily www.barnesandnoble.com was having a clearance. and really, this was just what my bookshelves lacked (ugh, i just typed nookshelves twice - damn you, bn!), espeeeecially having just finished this. the quick-paced, modern, and unequivocally humorous tone was the on-the-other-side-of-the-spectrum book my silly and mooshy self needed. set in the city i know so well, this had giggly women, squabbly women, all sorts of animals from of course a monkey to a boa constrictor to a kitty to a bunny (and more!), lattes & frappuccinos, used celebrity socks, hairy meatballs, and let's not forget romantic intricacies. i didn't even feel guilty reading this on the subway, snickering most of the time....more
sorry, maybe the 2 stars is a bit unfair because this book IS cute, but perhaps too cute. i don't know, i guess i've been reading jeffrey brown for sosorry, maybe the 2 stars is a bit unfair because this book IS cute, but perhaps too cute. i don't know, i guess i've been reading jeffrey brown for so long now that i expect agony and heartwrenching moments when it comes to love in panels......more
the subtitle a first book of first definitions could be misleading and i can certainly understand the few "i dont get it" reviews on here. with a simpthe subtitle a first book of first definitions could be misleading and i can certainly understand the few "i dont get it" reviews on here. with a simple glance, there doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason to the "definitions" krauss has put on these pages - but that is exactly why i love it.
for example: "a watch is to hear it tick" and right below it "dishes are to do" - these dictums or philosophies (as it could very well be) are random, simple, and merely a child's truth. they convey the innocence, warmth, and sincerity in a child's answer as to what and why things are. my 1yo can't speak in sentences yet, but i'm pretty excited about the to-the-point meanings and values i'll learn from him. also, sendak's illustrations in this are so endearing that i truly believe these pudgy-faced smiling children have not a care in the world and that life is GOOD. and though i've placed it on my "childrens" shelf, i really think it's adults who could learn from and appreciate this....more
i so badly wanted to love this book because jeremy gave it to me, and i love jeremy. but it was just meh. at first i questioned character developmenti so badly wanted to love this book because jeremy gave it to me, and i love jeremy. but it was just meh. at first i questioned character development in such a short book, but soon ended up just hating all of them and couldn't wait for it to end. sorry. perhaps i could've related or at least been sympathetic at one point in my life to these men and women, all so miserable. but i just found everyone so pathetic and felt a good slap on the face was in order. maybe it was just the moody state i was in when reading this book, because other than my disgust for the characters' inner conflicts and conflicts with one another, i found the writing really well. perhaps i just don't have time or energy to pity people anymore......more