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The Nixie of the Mill-Pond and Other European Stories by Kel McDonald - Book Review

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By Kel McDonald (Editor), Kate Ashwin (Editor), Kory Bing (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781945820540
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Published: Iron Circus Comics - May 26th, 2020

This is one of those books that you think you know what is going on (there will be a Nixie that will do something in a mill-pond) but open it up and there is something completely different. On page one we find a Jack and the Beanstalk story. But this is not just any JITB tale. Jack decides to take the magic harp and make a traveling music show out of her. You see, this is not just about a Nixie in a Mill-Pond. This is an interesting collection of fairy/folk tales done in a graphic novel format with more than a few twists and turns. Some stories have a more modern tone or parts, while others seem to stay truer to the original. There are classical elements of “women roles” such as “to be married off” and “are the villain” but also a few contemporary princesses who kick some troll butt (even if one is wearing a cow’s body/or the cow is wearing her head…). There is magic, and shape-shifting trolls, talking cats, singing harps, magic beans, and great fortune exchanged for great sacrifice. Each story has its own unique voice and art as each artist puts their own spin on them. Some are favorites like Puss in Boots, Rapunzel and the Pied Piper. There are some you might not be as familiar with. But if you know classic European fairy/folk tales (predominantly from Germany but includes France, Italy, Russia and others) you might be more in the “know.” ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Crabapple Trouble by Kaeti Vandorn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593125267
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Published: Random House Graphic - August 11th, 2020

Our crabapple friend, Callaway, wants to do her best for the upcoming festival the fairies are putting on. But her worries are always getting in the way. With her new friend, Thistle (a fairy who does not always get it right, but tries), Callaway learns how she can do her best, take care of her worries and be a part of the festival. A cute and modern story about dealing with our worries, friendship and so much more. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Ellie Makes a Friend by Mike Wu - Book Review

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By Mike Wu, Mike Wu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781368010009
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 7th, 2020

Ping is a new animal in the zoo. And at first Ellie is excited to meet them, but soon sees that the other animals are gushing over Ping’s unique painting style. Ellie starts to worry that maybe her paintings are not as good. Ping tries to make friends with Ellie, but Ellie is convinced the zoo is only big enough for one artist. Or is it? A sweet story about being envious and worrying about one’s own talent. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Stepping Stones (Peapod Farm) by Lucy Knisley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984896841
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 5th, 2020

Based loosely on the author's experience as an only child of divorced parents whose mother found her a couple of “stepsisters,” this fiction graphic novel is a realistic look at coming of age in a place you feel you have no business being in. Jen must not only deal with some funky chickens and their weird habits, she must deal with Walter (her mothers’ boyfriend), her mother’s deer-eaten garden, the Farmers Market and two new “sisters” (Walter’s girls) every weekend. Typical issues happen (Jen has issues with math, she and Andy butt heads, Walter insists on calling her Jenny, even her mom seems to be against her). The insecurities we all tend to face at least once comes to light in this heavily illustrated, brightly colored, perfectly detailed book for ages 10 to 14. One could even go as young as 8 or 9 due to the fact there is “drama” but not "teen drama." ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Suncatcher by Jose Pimienta - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593124819
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 19th, 2020

Beatriz’s beloved grandfather has died. Soon after, she starts to hear his voice come from his guitar, asking her to finish the song he never was able to finish. His “killer” song. But as Beatriz’s obsession goes deeper, as she pulls away from her friends, one starts to wonder is this song literally the thing that will kill Beatriz? A beautiful, dark story of the obsession of perfection; of music and of life. Yet, there is hope at the end of it all, too. For ages 14 and up, with heavy adult crossover appeal. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird's Amazing Journey by Robert Burleigh - Book Review

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By Robert Burleigh, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627793698
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 14th, 2020

An accessible for multiple ages and levels picture book that was a nonfiction/fiction story. You learn about the hummingbird in easy, but not simple, text in a way that is exciting. There are facts, but not present as a textbook is likely to do. Your child (ages a strong 5 to about lower 8 years-old) will love following the journey this tiny bird makes from New England, over the Gulf of Mexico and finally to its winter home. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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