Monday, February 18, 2019

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield's First Ride

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield's First Ride
author: Joel Christian Gill
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.89
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2019/02/18
date added: 2019/02/18
shelves: childrens, non-fiction
review:



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A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending

A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending
author: India Desjardins
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.11
book published: 2012
rating: 5
read at: 2019/02/18
date added: 2019/02/18
shelves: young-adult
review:
'A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending' by India Desjardins with illustrations by Marianne Ferrer and translation by Solange Ouellet is about that seeming rare event in a cancer diagnosis.

Starting with the bright, bland halls of a hospital, we meet our narrator, who was diagnosed with leukemia 5 years ago. She is back to find out what the doctors have to say about how she is doing. She reflects on the journey: the friends she has met and lost, how she hates being told to be strong, and Victor, the young man that means so much to her now.

The title is a bit of a spoiler, but it really doesn't ruin the beautiful story. The color palette is deliberate, and I didn't get why until the end. Then I went back through the book to see where it was used. I think this would be good book to give certain young cancer patients. I really liked this one.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - Lincoln Children's Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Ella Fitzgerald: My First Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald: My First Ella Fitzgerald
author: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.67
book published:
rating: 5
read at: 2019/02/18
date added: 2019/02/18
shelves: non-fiction, childrens
review:
'Ella Fitzgerald: My First Ella Fitzgerald' by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara with illustrations by Bàrbara Alca is a board book about one of my very favorite singers.

Ella Fitzgerald grew up in New York. When the school she went to was too strict, she would run away and sing and dance in the streets. After winning a singing competition, she was on her way to singing with Chick Webb and his big band, but that wasn't enough for Ella, who became the First Lady of Song.

I loved this adaptation of Ella Fitzgerald's life. I especially loved the illustrations. There are so many fun details in them, from the animals watching little Ella dance, to the portraits of Ella (and the cool green wallpapter), to the many records Ella recorded. It was just fun all the way around.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Emmeline Pankhurst: My First Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst: My First Emmeline Pankhurst
author: Lisbeth Kaiser
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.50
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2019/02/17
date added: 2019/02/17
shelves: childrens, non-fiction
review:
'Emmeline Pankhurst: My First Emmeline Pankhurst' by Lisbeth Kaiser with illustrations by Ana Sanfelippo is a board book adaptation of the life of a British suffragette.

Emmeline Pankhurst was born in England to a family that helped other people. She wanted to go to college or get a job, but her parents wouldn't let her. Instead, she fought to help women get the vote and the change the way things were.

I liked the illustrations by Ana Sanfelippo in this book. The colors are bright enough without detracting from the story. The story itself is simple enough for the young to understand. I continue to be impressed by this series.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Kiss: The Elder, Volume 1

Kiss: The Elder, Volume 1
author: Amy Chu
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.50
book published: 2017
rating: 3
read at: 2019/02/17
date added: 2019/02/17
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Kiss: The Elder' by Amy Chu with art by Kewbar Baal is a graphic novel based on a concept album by the band Kiss.

It's the future, and things are bad. There have been wars, and people live underground. They are protected by a robot army and told that someday they will get to leave the city. Some young kids question this and begin exploring the city. They find passageways with strange graffiti. They find an old computer that tells how the city got there. They find giant robots that looks like the band Kiss. Will the giant Kiss robots get to fight? You will have to read to find out.

I liked this story just fine. The art is ok too. I think genuine Kiss fans may be more out of it, but it wasn't a bad read.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Dynamite Entertainment, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Deep Roots

Deep Roots
author: Dan Watters
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.67
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2019/02/17
date added: 2019/02/17
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Deep Roots' by Dan Watters with art by Val Rodrigues is a weird graphic novel about plants that decide to fight back.

Plants and roots have had enough and they've decided to overthrow humans. Humans, of course, decide to fight back. As buildings become choked with roots and fall, and humanoid plant beings invade, a mission is taken to try to understand what is happening and to take the battle to the plants. Along the way, they meet an ancient warrior, and a man caught in the plant's world for over a century.

This book was weird and cool. There are two art styles prevailing and I love the "plant world" art with it tree ring lines informing everything. It doesn't all make complete sense, but it had me turning pages and reveling in the strangeness of it all.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Vault Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Stephen Hawking (Little People, Big Dreams)

Stephen Hawking (Little People, Big Dreams)
author: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.38
book published: 2018
rating: 4
read at: 2019/02/17
date added: 2019/02/17
shelves: childrens, non-fiction
review:
'Stephen Hawking' by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara with illustrations by Matt Hunt is a board book in the Little People, Big Dreams series of board books for little readers.

Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford to an eccentric family. Meals would include a good book being read by everyone. Stephen was never the head of his class, but he was quite brilliant and his curiosity came before schoolwork. He was diagnosed with a paralyzing illness, and that's when he became more focused in his studies.

I'm a fan of this non-fiction series for little readers. This one feels a bit too wordy for squirmy toddlers, but I still enjoyed it. The art by Matt Hunt is just great, and this is another great entry in the series.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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