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Review: Shaun Tan’s “The Rules of Summer”

shaun tan the rules of summerI’ve loved Shaun Tan books, but this was awful. The images were beautiful (but not revolutionary) but the real problem was the continued punishment of the two boy heroes, apparently causing deep fear unresolved by one happy illustration to end the book. Horrible. I shan’t be recommending it.

Where it came from: Work
Time and manner of reading:
An in-between customer read
Where it went: Home
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Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Returning the Gift edited by Joseph Bruchac; The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley; Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher; La sombra del viento de Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Review: Fiona Watt’s “That’s Not My Monster…”

fiona watt that's not my monsterA board book with bits of bumpy, fluffy, roughy patches to play with, bound together by increasingly cute monster illustrations. Quite good, enjoyable enough to entertain those in the lap and those furnishing the lap.

Where it came from: The E Family bookshelf
Time and manner of reading:
Guesthouse lap read to small SOE
Where it went: Home
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Who I’d recommend it to:
Small ones who go gaga for touchy feely books
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Glade Within the Grove by David Foster; The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton; Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Review: Mem Fox’s “Yoohoo Ladybird”

mem fox yoohoo ladybirdWhere is that pesky ladybird in the picture? Interestingly illustrated, this one obviously entertained the small AA enough for a repeat. I prefer kids’ books that have adult in-jokes, though.

Where it came from: EA’s bookshelf
Time and manner of reading:
Two requested reads, out loud and with gusto
Where it went: Home
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Who I’d recommend it to:
Two year olds, evidently
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper; Belonging by bell hooks; Simone Weil by Francine du Plessix Gray; The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Review: Alison Jay’s “ABC: A Child’s First Alphabet Book”

alison jay abcThe illustrations in this alphabet book are just gorgeous. Fantastic (in the sense of ‘fantasy’) paintings of critters and the real world, looks like cracked-veneer oils, simple enough for the kiddies’ to play Spotto and rich enough for the adults to linger and wonder about the connections between the images. Just lovely. Recommended.

Where it came from: KT’s bookshelf
Time and manner of reading:
Intra-socialising read at KT & JT’s house
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that: Sometimes beauty is enough
Who I’d recommend it to:
Kiddies’ adults who want a book with something for them
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Tête-á-Tête by Hazel Rowley

Review: Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s “Room on the Broom”

donaldson, scheffler room on the broomAnother beddy-bye read to sparky young F, I enjoyed this one more than Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, despite the obvious temptations of bibliophilia. How many critters *can* fit on one broom? It was less clever-clever and more fun-fun, great for play-acting. Read and enjoy.

Where it came from: Library via KT
Time and manner of reading:
One enjoyable out-loud fireside read to FTT
Where it went: Home
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Who I’d recommend it to:
Happy kiddie readers
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Broken April by Ismaïl Kadare

Review: Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s “Charlie Cook‘s Favourite Book”

donaldson, scheffler charlie cook's favourite bookCharlie Cook reads a book of nested stories, of characters reading other books with other characters in other books with … Quite funny, quite good for reading aloud to enthusiastic small people. Enjoyable.

Where it came from: Library via KT
Time and manner of reading:
One out-loud dinner-table read to FTT
Where it went: Home
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Who I
d recommend it to: Seekers of a good dual adult/kid book
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Marat (aka The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade) by Peter Weiss

Review: Asphyxia’s “The Grimstones: Mortimer Revealed”

asphyxia the grimstones-mortimer revealedThe sequel to the delightful Hatched, we now learn the truth of Mortimer’s fate. Not quite as pretty and charming as Book #1 – being a sequel to a success is a mighty tough role – but it was enjoyable enough and no doubt kidtastic. Recommended for young’uns.

Where it came from: MR’s Child Pride Shelf
Time and manner of reading:
Bed read
Where it went: Home
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Who I’d recommend it to: Littlies
Also reading: Rabbit #4; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades by Munya Andrews; The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West