Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Walter Crane Storybook Collection

The Walter Crane Storybook Collection
author: Walter Crane
name: Wayne
average rating: 5.00
book published:
rating: 5
read at: 2018/07/15
date added: 2018/07/15
shelves: childrens
review:
'The Walter Crane Storybook Collection' by Walter Crane shows why he was a genius book illustrator.

Many of these were originally published as Toy Books which included small toys along with the book, but I think the real treasure is all the great illustrations these stories have. The original publication dates are from 1865-1876. Included are familiar mother goose stories like Puss in Boots, Mother Hubbard and Jack in the Beanstalk. Also included is the story of Bluebeard, and ones I'd never heard of like King Luckie Boy's Party and Valentine and Orson. All are fully illustrated with ornate wood block prints in full color.

The illustrations are rich and sumptuous. I feel like they add some distinction to the stories I grew up on. Some of the language is a bit different, but I think modern children might find the stories and pictures interesting.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Stars and Planets. Mack's World of Wonder.

Stars and Planets. Mack's World of Wonder.
author: Mack van Gageldonk
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.45
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2018/07/15
date added: 2018/07/15
shelves: childrens, classics, non-fiction
review:
'Stars and Planets: Mack's World of Wonder' by Mack van Gageldonk is a fun exploration of the universe for younger readers that are about 5 or 6 years old.

This book covers a lot of ground in it's 80 pages. Sections include The Earth, Our Solar System, The Universe, and Space Travel. Each two page spread has a topic, a couple paragraphs, and a small activity to keep kids interested. The book uses photos and photorealistic drawings along with more cartoon-like drawings. The variety of art and art styles, along with the fairly short paragraphs should keep kids interested in the topics.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Clavis Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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The Furnace: A Graphic Novel

The Furnace: A Graphic Novel
author: Prentis Rollins
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.20
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2018/07/15
date added: 2018/07/15
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'The Furnace' by Prentis Rollins is a furturistic story told in flashback. My review copy was only 16 pages of the 208 page story, so this isn't going to be much of a review.

Based on what I got from the preview and the description, this is the story of a man who uses technology to hopefully further society. Along the way, there is loss. He creates a sort of hovering ball. While it is over your head, you are invisible. If you try to escape fom it, it is painful. In my excerpt he is testing it with a friend.

What I got of the story was interesting, and I wouldn't mind reading more. The art was quite good. It's hard to recommend based on 16 pages, but I'm intrigued enough to read more, if that's any help.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Outside: Discovering Animals

Outside: Discovering Animals
author: Maria Ana Peixe Dias
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.70
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2018/07/15
date added: 2018/07/15
shelves: childrens, non-fiction
review:
'Outside: Discovering Animals' by Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Inês Teixeira do Rosário with illustrations by Bernardo P. Carvalho is a book for young naturalists looking at their world.

My review copy included about half of the book, but it was a pretty good sense of what the book offered. My copy started with the kinds of clues that animals leave behind, like partially chewed food, or feathers, tracks or pathways. It moved on to discovering about bugs and critters. There were encouragements to examine and document things like ant behavior or catching worms. My section ended on frogs and toads and how to tell anura and urodela apart (hint: it's the tail, or lack thereof).

The illustrations are good. The book itself is pretty good, but the layout and font was a bit on the small side. This would make a good book for curious children wondering about the critters in their garden and yard.

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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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Golam - Volume 1 - The Son of the Moon

Golam - Volume 1 - The Son of the Moon
author: Josselin Azorin-Lara
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.33
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2018/07/14
date added: 2018/07/14
shelves: childrens, graphic-novels
review:
'Golam Vol. 1: The Son of the Moon' by Josselin Azorin-Lara and Sylvain Dos Santos with art by Nicolas Sauge is a fun fantasy graphic novel for younger readers.

When we start the story, we are shown an arena battle in the city of Aassima, complete with color commentary by two onlookers. Two wizards battle each other using conjured golams. This tells us we are in a place where magic is powerful. We next meet a young pickpocket named Mehdi. Through a series of circumstances, he finds himself out in the desert and about to start an initiation to join the Hikmadrassa magic school. He is confused why he is there, and hopefully he can pass the entrance exam.

The book ends with a couple short Golam gags in a manga sort of style. These give us some background into the world.

I liked it, but the art at times was a bit too busy to follow what was going on. I think younger readers would like this, and it reads like some animated series about young apprentices learning magic. The setting felt a bit unique. It was just odd to call the creatures golam when to me they seemed more like djinn, but this is a small matter.

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


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Quantum and Woody! Vol. 1: Kiss Kiss, Klang Klang

Quantum and Woody! Vol. 1: Kiss Kiss, Klang Klang
author: Daniel Kibblesmith
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.68
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2018/07/14
date added: 2018/07/14
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Quantum and Woody! Vol. 1: Kiss Kiss, Klang Klang' by Daniel Kibblesmith with illustrations by Kano is about two brothers who form possibly the most dysfunctional super team ever.

Eric and his adopted brother Woody have superheroes because of an accident, but that same accident set up a consequence and they must touch wristbands with each other every 24 hours. That's going to be hard this time around because they aren't speaking to each other. Eric has taken on a job guarding a secret warehouse full of weapons, and Woody is just being Woody. Eric also knows where Woody's birth father is, and that's why they aren't speaking. Plus, what is really up with that goat they are always hanging around with?

This was a fun read. I've read a couple stories before, and i liked this one a lot. It helped me understand some of the things I was confused about (like that goat). The art works well. There are a lot of laughs in this one.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Valiant 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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Officer Pete

Officer Pete
author: Ruth Wielockx
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.47
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2018/07/14
date added: 2018/07/14
shelves: childrens
review:
'Officer Pete' by Ruth Wielockx is a fun picture book about a young policeman who is searching for something.

Poor Officer Pete. One day he was out training his tracker dog Sniffer when he was given an important letter to deliver by the chief of police. Before he can deliver it though, his hat is stolen. Since it's part of his uniform, he needs to go find it, so he jumps on a motorcycle and goes looking. Along the way, he visits a baker and a hat shop. Will he find his hat, and will he remember to deliver the letter?

I loved the fun illustrations in this book. Officer Pete and the other police look like children, but they get to do fun things like dress up and ride motorcycles and helicopters. The story is cute, and there are clues hidden in the pictures for the discerning reader. This would be a fun read with a young one.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Clavis Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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