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How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett
"I may not be as flexible as I think. I have really been a fan of the Mac Barnett-Jon Klaasen creations such at Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. Subtle stuff, spare, elegant artwork. So when I saw this was Barnett's, I thought I'd check it o..." Read more of this review »
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How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett
"This is a very strange, but humorous tale about how a picture book is made. It details the books origination and journey: from the early drafts through the many revisions and editor's comments, through the long-distance coordination with the illus..." Read more of this review »
How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett
"A humorous look at how a book is created...with both reality and fantasy in equal parts. I really like that it points out that it takes many, many drafts before the story is complete...and that it isn't really complete until it is read! Cute and c..." Read more of this review »
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How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett
"This was not my favorite Mac Barnett - Adam Rex book. They’re both brilliant and I’ve loved many of their books.

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Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Du Iz Tak?
by Carson Ellis
read in January, 2017
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When I was a child or 'tween I would have insisted this gets 6 stars. Art and language, characters and theme, all are marvelously enchanting and would have captivated me.

Now, well, maybe it's just me, just today. I think I'll have to try again someda
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" I have to admit that I cannot guess whether you, Gundula, and this book are a good fit. "
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Finding Christmas by Helen Ward
Finding Christmas
by Helen Ward
read in January, 2017
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I could forgive the artwork as being creative (though not to my taste). I could focus on the theme of the story, which is neat, and forgive it for not fulfilling its potential. But the lapses of coherence annoyed the heck out of me. For example, why ...more
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Silly Billy by Anthony Browne
Silly Billy
by Anthony Browne
read in January, 2017
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Browne gets it, unlike Billy's parents. A worrier is such by nature, and logically pointing out that there's nothing to fear is not going to help. But worry dolls might. I like the twist in this worry doll tale. Author's note should only be a springb ...more
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

Henry David Thoreau
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Walt Whitman
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
Walt Whitman

Elie Wiesel
“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
Elie Wiesel

Neil Gaiman
“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections

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