The Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn’t (Grumpy Cat) ★★★★☆

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Title: The Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn’t
Series: Grumpy Cat
Author: Little Golden Book
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Children
Pages: 24
Format: Board Book

 

Synopsis:

Grumpy Cat meets lots of other friendly little animals and has a horrible time until they leave her alone.

 

My Thoughts:

Another cute little Grumpy Book by Little Golden Books. Unfortunately, Little took the easy route and simply used the better known Grumpy Cat meme answers whenever one of the friendly little animals would ask Grumpy Cat a question. Whether that answer made the most sense or not. Dinged ½ a star just for that.

My second, and definitely biggest issue, is how this book tries to brainwash the children with it’s politically correct gender politics. Grumpy Cat is referred to as a female. Now, just because the real life grumpy cat is a female and it is a female in A Very Grumpy Christmas doesn’t actually mean that Grumpy Cat IS a female. Grumpy Cat is kind of like zen, more of a state of mind than a state of actually being. You wouldn’t go up to a zen monk who was meditating, push him over and feel him up, would you? At least, I hope you wouldn’t. If you would, please don’t follow my blog any more! Dinged ½ a star for that.

Other than that, this was another great instance of Grumpy Cat standing up for all of us who hate other people and company and pretty much life itself. We have our Champion now!

★★★★☆

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The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition ★★★★★

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Title: The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition
Series: ——
Author: Norton Juster
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

 

 

Synopsis:

Milo is a discontented, bored little boy. Until one day he gets a tollbooth and goes on an adventure to rescue the Princesses Rhyme and Reason. With his friends Tock the Watch-Dog and the Humbug, Milo will learn the importance of words and numbers and just how they can affect everything.

Milo completes his adventure and once back home realizes just how big of a place our world is and how much there is to do. No more boring days for Milo!

 

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books I read as a kid and that has stuck with me ever since. I couldn’t remember every detail, but the clever word plays and number games always stuck in my head. So when I saw this 50th Anniversary Edition a couple of years ago I had to pick it up. Of course, it’s taken me several years to actually get around to reading it.

It is a children’s book so some things are childish. But even now, I never felt like Juster was trying to talk down to his audience or dumb things down. I enjoyed the heck out of this. I had forgotten just how quickly everything happens. Bam, Bam, Bam.

If you’ve never read this book, I highly recommend you do. It is good even for adults. If you happen to know some kids, I’d even higherly recommend this to them.

This 50th Anniversary Edition had a forward from Maurice Sendak [which was actually from the 35th Anniversary Edition] and several “How the Phantom Tollbooth Affected Me” stories from various people at the end of the book. I wasn’t impressed with Sendak’s blabbing and will definitely be skipping that if I read this again. I WAS looking forward to the various stories at the end, but sadly, I only recognized 1 or 2 names and nobody told a good story. It was all the same “I love it, my children loved it, the dog loved it.” blah, blah, blah. It did make me wonder who all those people were whose names I didn’t recognize. Maybe someday I’ll care enough to look them up, but not now.

To end. The story was fantastic, the addons, ie the forward and the stories at the end, not so much. Ignore those, read the story and have a wonderful time! I’m giving it my “best book of the year” tag as well.

★★★★★

 

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Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons (Calvin and Hobbes #7)

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Title: Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
Series: Calvin and Hobbes #7
Author/Artist: Bill Watterson
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 128
Format: Kindle digital scan

 

My Thoughts: 

Another fine collection by Watterson. I found myself laughing a lot more in this collection than in the previous one. I don’t know if that is because this was truly funnier, or if it was because more time had elapsed since my last C&H read.

I’ve got a few more collections left. Once I’m done with those, I don’t know that I’ll ever plan on re-reading these. As a teen, C&H enthralled me. As an adult, they’re amusing me. I suspect that as a mature adult, they will come across as tedious or shallow. I don’t want that and I’d rather never read them again and keep the good memories.

Finally, is that title a mouthful or what? I had to go to Wikipedia and just search out Calvin and Hobbes and then copy/paste the title or else I would have gotten it wrong.

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Beyond the Deepwoods (Twig #1) (The Edge Chronicles #1)

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Title: Beyond the Deepwoods

Series: The Edge Chronicles

Author: Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

Rating: 3  of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Children’s SFF

Pages: 290

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Twig, an unusual wood troll, finds out he is adopted and is sent off to live with a distant relative. He gets off the path and ends up having MANY adventures culminating in finding his father, a human sky pirate.

 

My Thoughts:

I didn’t realize this was a children’s book when I started it. I thought it was for teens. However, I realized my error right away and adjusted my thought process and expectations, hence allowing me to finish this without throwing a hissy fit.

Things happen. That more than adequately sums up how this books works. Several times I kept waiting for the main character to wake up and get back to where he last was only to realize that THIS event was in fact happening and it was NOT a dream sequence. I was ok for the first half of the book and then I started getting antsy and wanting things to wrap up.

I suspect kids would simply accept the abrupt changes in the story, as they can relate, ie, their whole world can change in an instant without any input from them or any kind of control. It is part of being a child.  As an adult I simply had enough. I’m keeping on through the series, but I am glad it will be quite some time before I revisit this series.

The Westing Game

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Title: The Westing Game

Series: —–

Author: Ellen Raskin

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children, Mystery

Pages: 214

 

Synopsis:

Mr Westing has been murdered and he’s gathered together the owners of a high rise to solve his murder, and the prize is control of his company, worth hundreds of millions.

But Mr Westing likes to play games, even from his grave and this time is no exception.

 

My Thoughts:

I have to say, this held up to my recollections from reading this back in elementary school. It is a children’s book, so it is simple, but it holds up very well.

Raskin’s done a great job of creating a very disparate crew of characters, each with their own weakness, glaringly obvious. A great way for youngsters to find out that a weakness doesn’t mean someone is the badguy.

Pippi Goes On Board (Pippi Longstocking #2)

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Title: Pippi Goes On Board

Series: Pippi Longstocking

Author: Astrid Lindgren

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children

Pages: 78

 

Synopsis:

Pippi and her two little friends have adventures at the Fair, on a deserted Island and eventually with her father, the Cannibal King.

 

My Thoughts:

A fun story with each chapter being a little story on its own.

This is the type of book I would love to read to kids to awaken their interest in reading. It is short and well within their attention spans, funny and humorous and most of all, it is about kids their age.

When I think of a “children’s book”, this is what I envision. And as an adult, it might not be the greatest of literary fare, but it was good for an afternoon’s read.

Pippi in the South Seas (Pippi Longstocking #3)

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Title: Pippi In the South Seas

Series: Pippi Longstocking #3

Author: Astrid Lindgren

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children

Pages: 80

 

Synopsis:

Pippi takes her friends to the Island where her father is king and they all have a grand time. They come home, celebrate a late Christmas and vow to never grow up. Thus ends the series.

 

My Thoughts:

I accidentally read book 3 before book 2 due to a snafu on my kindle. But it is really no biggie.

I enjoyed this more than the first book and found in it the humor I had remembered and was expecting from book 1. These are fun books that appeal to a child’s imagination and allows them to see a world where THEY are in control.

I’m not one to beat the Sexist drum, quite the contrary in fact. But if I had to choose between a Pippi and some of the modern young women paraded as paradigms of the Modern Woman, I’d choose, recommend and champion Pippi every time.