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The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett - Book Review

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By Mac Barnett, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062393449
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 21st, 2019

The Important Thing about Margaret Wise Brown is that Barnett created a book that that must experienced. It will bring strong emotions to the forefront. It is illogical in its logic. This is not a biography, though it is. It does not take you from point A to point B smoothly. It is one long, unique poem. It talks about how good books are not always for everyone. And that they are not always about things that some people “think books should be about” and especially not books “for children.” Dare I say this book is a book of philosophy? Dare I say that it is a straight forward story about things, people, places, a person, events and so much more, but you will wonder about everything due to the twists, turns and sidebars taken. And Jacoby’s illustrations play with color and form just like Barnett does with the text making the two the perfect combination. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Parade: A novel by Dave Eggers - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525655305
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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

There are elements of classic fantasy and science fiction and yet, total realism fills each page. There is the gritty realism of war, peace and the fragility of values, morality and forced peace. There is a story that literally seems to go about as quickly as the work on the road the main characters are building (only inches at a time). Nothing really happens, yet everything happens. There are no flashy “shoot outs” or “car chases”, but there is the action of trying to keep yourself safe in the middle of a country torn apart by decades of fighting. There are the consequences of your actions. The war-torn landscape will remind you of historical battles (WWII Europe) or modern battles (Syria). This is every country and no country. While a book this size should take one only a few hours of uninterrupted reading, do not rush through. There is too much going on and the ending itself will take time to digest. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team by Susan Hood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062907721
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Published: HarperCollins - May 7th, 2019

If you watched the news during June and July 2018 you know much of Titan and his Wild Boar teammates story. Twelve boys and their coach were trapped in a cave for 18 days. However, Hood and Sornhiran’s story is more centered around the feelings and the boys themselves. You also see the divers of the rescue teams, other people behind the scenes and have a more personal relationship with the story. The afterwards give you many of the facts that you would have seen on television and read about but bring them together in one place to tie everything together. Phumiruk’s illustrations bring the story alive. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Guts by Raina Telgemeier - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780545852500
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Published: Graphix - September 17th, 2019

Raina is back and this time she is sick. But the thing is? She is as healthy as a horse! Nobody can tell why her stomach wants to rebel at the slightest issue. But then again, they do not seem slight to her! This time around we experience Raina's journey through some bad stomach issues as she travels the roads of worries, food, friends, school and family. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks by Evan Turk - Book Review

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By Evan Turk, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534432826
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

An amazing picture book that boarders on an art book capturing the feelings, places, colors, animals and people of the national parks of the United States. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062747808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

Warga tells a beautiful story about fitting in when you only stand out. Yet, our narrator Jude wants to stand out. But not because she is “weird” (aka: Muslim, does not speak English well) but because she belongs. Jude finds a way to balance all the parts that make her, Jude: the brave girl, the sister, the proud daughter, the friend and cousin. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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