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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.

The Yawns Are Coming! by Christopher Eliopoulos - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984816306
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Published: Dial Books - April 28th, 2020

This is a cute story about two best friends wanting to play all night long at a sleepover, but how the Yawns (and their friends) have other plans. While the kids bravely fight the Yawns, they are no match for THE YAWNS! Great images complement the story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Water Princess by Susan Verde - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399172588
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

Based on the life of Gerogie Badiel’s life, this book shows the journey some women and children take every day. They travel unbelievable amounts of miles to get only a few gourds of water to cook, clean and bathe in. This is not something people did "once upon a time" in a land “faraway” or in some dystopian land of fiction. This is happening today. Despite the tragic nature of why they must take this journey, this is a sweet story about a young girl and her hopes and dreams. Classically Peter Reynolds, the illustrations tie it all together. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures by Noelle Stevenson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062278272
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Published: HarperTeen - March 3rd, 2020

A memoir that hits the highlights and summarizes Stevenson’s life. This is a journal to us and to author. It is a scrapbook. It is a look back at memories that are still being processed. From 2011 to 2019 Stevenson takes us on a strange, beautiful, self-centered (but not necessarily selfish), realistic journey. While they do not go into extreme details, they explore their rise to fame, their successes, their failures, going to art school, jobs (paying and not), websites that launched their work, about living on their own and with roommates, much is dealt with about their mental health and finally finding love when they did not think it was possible. Aimed for ages at least 14 to adult due to concepts more than context. A fun but not easy ride. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell by Selina Alko - Book Review

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By Selina Alko, Selina Alko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062671295
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Published: HarperCollins - February 25th, 2020

The highlights of Ms. Mitchell’s life are the focus of this picture book biography. Things you might not know about her and familiar gems, grace the pages. See how Mitchell influenced the folk music scene and how it influenced her. (But how could it not when you hang around the likes of Bob Dylan and Mama Cass?) The art is mixed media with realistic abstract elements. They are colorful and bold. Great for all ages. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

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


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