I listened to the audio version of Unqualified by Anna Faris and the whole time I kept thinking how awkward it must have been for Anna to have this memoir come out about two months after she announced her divorce to Chris Pratt. There is some hasty editing that alludes to the past tense of their relationship but there are a few essays that probably needed a second look; hell she dedicated the book to Pratt alone (when they have a kid together) and while he wrote the foreword, most likely preseparation, he did not do the audio narration! “I’ve learned that […]
Monsters Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre is the third in the series of Claudette and her friend’s adventures. There is Giants Beware! and Dragons Beware! as well. And while this is a mostly standalone story, find the first two and read them first. Of course, if I had done that I probably would not have read this one. First, let me say the writing is great. There is a lot going on, you are wondering how they will fight the monsters, churn that butter, plow the field, beat the Sea Queen and keep their hair styles neat. The […]
Last night, I was looking at the box of (sadly) damaged books at work. I saw four I Can Read books. I have not read one in a while, so I picked them up. They average out to be a 2.5 for the four, but kids will enjoy and will be 5’s down the board. My biggest complaint with easy readers is companies do not have a uniform rating system. Publisher X might have these at a Level 1 but another would have them as a “My First” level. Or one has it at Level 2 and another will have […]
These three stories have nothing in common other than, they are really sweet stories about special people and special things. Is That You, Eleanor Sue? written and illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Harold Loves His Wolly Hat by Vern Kousky and When I First Met You, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark give me happy feels. Eleanor Sue is a clever, cut kiddo who loves to pretend and play dress up. She loves her Saturdays, her mother, her grandmother and having fun. Harold loves his woolly hat as it makes him special. But when he learns that someone else could use […]
Cold Mountain (Graphic Novel): The Legend of Han Shan and Shih Te, the Original Dharma Bums is a graphic novel that uses the poetry of Han Shan and Shih Te to tell the story of these two scoundrels. If they existed, that is. The main part of why these people might not have existed is their names are “Cold Mountain” (Han Shan) and The Foundling (Shih Te). And while it is romantic to think they put their poetry on trees, rocks and caves, more likely they are a collaboration of many people. That aside, this is some of the poetry […]
I thought I was going to love Scales & Scoundrels Volume 1: Into the Dragon’s Maw. The cover looks funny and has some interesting looking characters. However, from page one I disliked Luvander. I was shocked (yes, my biased showed through) that Luvander is female. The way they introduce her, she has typical scoundrel qualities that in graphic novels stereotypically lends itself to a young male character. But the fact she is a she was introduced very casually. The other players of a very Dungeons and Dragons like game (cue major plot point) are convinced she has cheated and say […]
Cannonball gift exchange is one of my favorite Christmastime traditions and this year my not so secret Santa was our Bingo organizer extraordinaire emmalita! Thank you for Ellie Kemper’s My Squirrel Days (my library doesn’t have it!), a Michelle Obama coloring book and the Kindle edition of Snoop Dogg’s From Crook to Cook which I did not know I needed but am super excited about.
Here are all of the things Dave Holmes and I have in common: We went to college together and have a few of the same friends. We both worked as DJs at WCHC. We both remember what it was like to anxiously await the arrival of a new J Crew catalog. We can both easily drop SNL’s Gary Kroeger into a conversation. We both love music. Here are some ways that Dave Holmes and I are different: I have never been on MTV. I’m not a gay man. The similarities clearly outweigh the differences. Really, we are more or less […]