Sunday, September 17, 2017

Little Pierrot Vol 1: Get the Moon

Little Pierrot Vol 1: Get the Moon
author: Alberto Varanda
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.63
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2017/09/17
date added: 2017/09/17
shelves: children-s, graphic-novels
review:
'Little Pierrot Vol. 1: Get the Moon' by Alberto Varanda is not a cohesive story, but a series of panels and short comic strips. That will help the reader as they embark on this journey.

Little Pierrot is the main character. He's a little boy who seems to not like school much. He has a snail friend that he calls Mr. Snail. He has conversations with Mr. Snail about luck and staying out of his garden. Pierrot tends to lean towards the fanciful rather than the practical. Mr. Snail is there to provide common sense of sorts.

The art is whimsical and fun. Pierrot's hair sticks up in unmanageable spikes. The coloring and characters present a feeling of whimsy, as if this were a cartoon from a bygone era. I enjoyed reading this.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Lion Forge, 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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Engineered!: Engineering Design at Work

Engineered!: Engineering Design at Work
author: Shannon Hunt
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.15
book published:
rating: 5
read at: 2017/09/17
date added: 2017/09/17
shelves: children-s, non-fiction
review:
'Engineered!: Engineering Design at Work' by Shannon Hunt with illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock may be the best book I've read for young people interested in an engineering career.

In a couple introductory chapters, the reader learns about the minds of engineers, and seven basic steps of engineering design. These steps are pointed out as the book visits 9 unique engineering challenges from different fields of engineering like aerospace, civil, geomatics and others. The problems include landing a spacecraft safely on Mars, building a bridge that seems to float in the clouds, and repairing a sewer system. The challenges are explained and the main person behind the solution is given a brief biography to show their background.

I've read a few S.T.E.M. books and they all seem to fail to provide what this book does, which is the curiosity, creativity and drive to solve unique problems. Those innate abilities should be the spark of any young persons interest in these fields. The illustrations and pictures help to keep the text lively.

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


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Baseball Bats for Christmas

Baseball Bats for Christmas
author: Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.91
book published: 1993
rating: 4
read at: 2017/09/16
date added: 2017/09/16
shelves: children-s
review:
'Baseball Bats for Christmas' by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak with illustrations by Vladyana Krykorka is a beautifully illustrated and told picture book about a remote group of people in Repulse Bay in the North West Territories, now known as Nunavut.

The book takes place in 1955 in a remote and barren place that doesn't even have trees, or what the kids call "standing-ups" because they've never seen a tree. The kids like to play baseball when they can find a stick, but with no trees around, it's tough to get a game going. When a local pilot delivers six trees right before Christmas, the kids don't see trees. They see their baseball dreams coming true.

The story is a bit on the wordy side for young readers, but it's a really nice story. The illustrations are soft and beautiful. I really liked this story of a group of kids in a remote place who like to play baseball.

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


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When the Moon Comes

When the Moon Comes
author: Paul Harbridge
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.06
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2017/09/16
date added: 2017/09/16
shelves: children-s
review:
'When the Moon Comes' by Paul Harbridge with illustrations by Matt James is a story of winter and moonlit lakes.

A nearby beaver pond has flooded. Now that the cold of November has come, it has frozen over, but it's not quite time to go play hockey. The boys wait impatiently until it is time. Then they walk into the woods in the cold and build a fire to keep warm. They put on their skates and clear the snow so they can play in the moonlight.

I loved the prose of this story. It's written with an elegance and beauty that I didn't think I'd find in this sort of story. I was a little less enamored of the illustration style, but it serves the story well enough.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Tundra Books, Penguin Random House Canada, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Muffy & Valor: A True Story

Muffy & Valor: A True Story
author: Karl Beckstrand
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.00
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2017/09/16
date added: 2017/09/16
shelves: children-s
review:
'Muffy & Valor: A True Story' by Karl Beckstrand tells a nonfiction story from the author's life. It's a story full of the care and compassion that animals can teach us.

When Carlos' dog Muffy is attacked by a larger dog, it needs to have surgery. Because of this, Muffy didn't like larger dogs. When another larger dog named Valor is found with a similar injury, can Muffy learn to be empathetic?

It's a cute story that is better because it is true. There is a counting game within the book to count all the different kinds of dogs that show up. I wasn't crazy about the font, until I heard that the font used is friendlier for dyslexic readers. The art is a bit heavy in tint, but the pictures are bright, and there are quite a few dogs.

I received a review copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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The Life and Times of Martin Luther

The Life and Times of Martin Luther
author: Meike Roth-Beck
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.85
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2017/09/16
date added: 2017/09/16
shelves: children-s, non-fiction
review:



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Harley's Little Black Book

Harley's Little Black Book
author: Amanda Conner
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.78
book published: 2017
rating: 2
read at: 2017/09/16
date added: 2017/09/16
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Harley's Little Black Book' by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti was going to be a bit of a challenge for me since I'm not the biggest Harley Quinn fan around. Since it was a team up book, I thought I'd give it a shot.

This reprint #1-6 in the series and is a pretty big 256 pages. Harley meets and attempts to "help" Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Zatanna, the DC Bombshells, Superman and Lobo. There is a bit of time and space travel tomfoolery to get her mixed up with some of these characters. There are also multiple locations like London, Germany, space and Coney Island. She makes and meets friends along the way and generally makes a lot of inuendo jokes. This book is really not for kids.

It was all pretty silly, as I expected, and that's fine, but at so many pages, I just got fatigued. It was all so much. I liked the Superman story the best. Maybe because Neal Adams did the art. The rest of it might be better taken in smaller doses rather than reading it in one straight shot.

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


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