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After a long day of cruisn’ through the various adventures in life (Indiana Jones has nuttin’ on me), nothing hits the spot like…chocolate. But once you say chocolate that’s all you need say. So these pages are dedicated to a few of my other passions: alligator wrestling, bull riding, reading books (big books, little books, picture books, no pictures books, even little black books), listening to music (from A to Z and back again) and a variety of other things. So take a minute to browse some of my faves and I hope they become some of yours.

Stories of the Islands by Clar Angkasa - Book Review

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Stories of the Islands By Clar Angkasa Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780823455737
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Published: Holiday House - October 31st, 2023

Themes of family, love, greed, jealousy and more unfold in gorgeously illustrated, feminist-twist folktales based in the author's culture. Each story unfolds in detailed and expressive illustrations showing the damsel might be in distress, but she is able to overcome it by herself. The original tales are given at the end, along with an afterwards by the author where their inspiration for the ones chosen as well as why they took a liberation turn. Some mature themes/images included. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Millie Fleur's Poison Garden by Christy Mandin - Book Review

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Millie Fleur's Poison Garden By Christy Mandin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781339023274
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Published: Cartwheel Books - July 2nd, 2024

If Wednesday Addams had a softer side, it would be Millie. And like Wednesday, Millie's garden is poisonous. Or so her neighbors think. But then again, they like roses and neat, same-looking houses and Millie's plants are very unique. It's not until Millie has her great plan to share her special garden with the other kids, does the town (mostly) start seeing how wonderful different and unique can be. There are fun, clever illustrations that complement the story perfectly. The afterword talks about real plants and a real poisonous garden in England. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Haru: Book 1: Spring by Joe Latham - Book Review

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Haru: Book 1: Spring By Joe Latham Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781524884734
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 12th, 2024

Our two main characters take a cleverly created odyssey into the world of come of age. Some images and situations are intense, therefore this is not for sensitive readers. Fantasy and adventure elements are prominent. Fantastic illustrations tell the story as much as the text, becoming its own character. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Viewfinder by Christine D.U. Chung - Book Review

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Viewfinder By Christine D.U. Chung, Salwa Majoka Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735268753
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Published: Tundra Books - February 13th, 2024

This wordless story is a somber, yet hopeful, look at how one Earth-like world (or Earth itself) has drastically changed. A young space explorer lands on a planet void of life, except for plants and eventually a few animals. They find an old time capsule with a "viewfinder" toy, that shows the world before (in sepia tones) and how it is now in the beautiful, boldly colored and detailed illustrations. The climax is clever and unique. Great for most ages. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Heavy Bag: One Girl's Journey Through Grief by Sarah Surgey - Book Review

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781945369414
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Published: Cardinal Rule Press - April 1st, 2024

A more poetic nature of dealing with the issues of death and the grieving process might not be for everyone, but allows for a less contemporary take and yet modern mentality and feelings come into play simultaneously. The unique artwork is simplistic (but not simple) and the color scheme gives both a more lighthearted and hopeful feeling, but keeps the somber emotions processing the death of a beloved grandparent/grandfather. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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