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Krisjericho

Krisjericho

Joined May 2016

Mom. Writer. Reader. Almost a librarian. Feminist killjoy. I was not made to be subtle. Friend me on Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/kriswood
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The idea here is wonderful-gather up stories from around the world with strong women and girls together in one book. And some of the stories are fantastic! But why change Atalanta's ending? And why are so many of these stories centered around the prize of marrying a man? This feel like an early 2000s attempt to give girls space in a place where they have traditionally been rescued damsels. But we are further than that, and I wanted more from this.

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Heartbeat | Evan Turk
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The illustrations are gorgeous; the intent is good; however, it took me a minute to figure out what the heck was going on, and I don‘t think there is any way that a child will understand it without the author‘s explanation at the back. Hint: if you have to completely explain what you are telling a story about in the back of the book, maybe you didn‘t tell the story well enough.

Note: the picture in the Litsy description is not close to correct.

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Mehso-so

Weird. Moves a bit from being fun weird to weird for the sake of weird. Not terrible, just underwhelming.

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Margaret and the Moon | Dean Robbins
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An approachable, easy to read story about Margaret Hamilton and the computer code she wrote for the moon missions. Cute illustrations that actually do capture the real Hamilton in a cartoony kind of way, and an inspirational story about curiosity and hard work.

rubyslippersreads But I can‘t help thinking of the other Margaret Hamilton. 😄🌪🌈 1d
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A compilation of six Iroquois folktales with animals as the main characters, this captures the oral tradition feeling well. Bruchac acts as storyteller, and he does an excellent job. The illustrations are wonderful, although there are not enough of them.

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A graphic novel, 1920s noir take on Snow White? Yes, please! The graphics here are stunning, with the black/white/gray palette dotted with splashes of red that are used effectively. This one could almost be wordless, as the illustrations are definitely the star, but Snow White works surprisingly well when the dwarves are seven street urchins and the evil stepmother is the fading star of the Ziegfeld Follies.

Charityann I enjoyed this book too! 😊 3d
JazzFeathers Gimme gimme gimme!!!!! 3d
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I grew up near the Mexican border in Texas, and this is a traditional ghost story told around campfires and at sleepovers. It is pretty disturbing, but it is meant to be so. I hadn‘t ever read a written version of it, and while there are always variations to legends that are usually told orally, this one is pretty much the one I remember. The art is appropriate to the story, morphing from quite normal to creepy and evocative.

Texreader So cool! Where‘d you grow up if you don‘t mind my asking? 3d
Krisjericho @Texreader Del Rio! I lived there from 7th through 9th grades. 3d
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3.5 stars. Even the cover of this one scared me as a kid, but a children's literature class afforded me an opportunity to revisit it. This is surprisingly creepy for a children's book, and I related to Molly and her frustrations and feelings of not being heard. Heather is pretty messed-up, but she's a kid. Continued in comments.

Krisjericho What I can't forgive is the parents. Seriously. Get it together, supposed adults. Stop pawning your kids off on your other kids and then being upset when a 12-year old doesn't raise your child as well as you would like. Stop not standing up for your kids when your new husband is a jerk to them. Don't remarry if you can't be a decent human to your new stepkids, Heather's dad. 3d
Krisjericho MAYBE LISTEN WHEN SOMEONE TRIES TO TELL YOU YOUR KID IS TALKING TO A GHOST.

Scary, with enough realistic touches to make it even scarier.
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xicanti Is this the one where the ghost rips up all the kids‘ possessions? I loved that book when I was little but I‘ve never been able to remember the name. 3d
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gossamerchild This one was one of my favorites as a kid. Totally spooky! 3d
xicanti Score! 3d
sprainedbrain This book scared the heck out of little me! 3d
ravenlee I hated the parents in this one! My book club had a long discussion about the parents (I missed this meeting though). I feel like the parents and their neglect of the kids is what really dates this story, and I wonder if kids reading it now get hung up on the impossibility of having a summer completely void of adult supervision. 3d
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This simple poetry manages to tell the story of an artist who is known mostly through the few short poems that he inscribed on some of his pots. It does not gloss over slavery, acknowledging that Dave was remarkable, but he was still considered property, and that he died never knowing something as fundamental as freedom.

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Impressively crafted book of "reverso poems" about Greek myths. The poems are read in one direction & then reversed, with slight changes to punctuation, & the meaning is changed. The poems are effective, & the reversos tend to offer compelling insight & a new way to interpret myths. The art is appealing, with its cool palette of blues, greens, & golds. Each poem has a footnote explain a bit about the original myth.

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Giovanni offers a voice to the unique young black American experience. The book was published in 1973, so a few references are dated, but the pieces stand the test of time. The pride & strength encouraged & depicted here are timeless, and Giovanni pulls no punches with language choices & subjects. There are references to racism & revolution, the Black Panthers & Masai warriors. This is a collection that makes people work, but it‘s worth it.

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Leave Me Alone | Vera Brosgol
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Hilarious. This has the feel of an old-fashioned folktale, with a twist. There is repetition and a circular nature to the story. Even the art, worthy of its Caldecott honor, has a vintage Eastern European feel to it. But it is definitely updated enough for modern audiences, and the message that everyone needs a little space sometimes is a good one.

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Mysterious Thelonious | Christopher Raschka
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This unique picture book is not a biography a portrait of a piece of his music, “Misterioso”. The words are set to the melody, with the notes depicted as different colors and scales in the text. It is a singular reading experience, and children will need some help interpreting how to read the short text. Reading it while listening to the composition is a surround-sound experience. Raschka's distinct art style works here, creating movement.

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Twenty Yawns | Jane Smiley
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A picture book that forces you to say “yawn” twenty times is about as good a bet as you can get for a bedtime story. That is, if the parents can stay awake long enough to tell it. Soft, muted, lovely illustrations.

BookaholicNatty I constantly fall asleep when reading my kids stories. My kids will wake me up saying,”mom not again!” Lol 1w
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Reminiscent of the Flat Stanley books, wooden man Oliver has adventures as he travels from South Carolina to California. Partially a geography lesson, partially a travelogue, the whole book is in epistolary format as Oliver‘s companions send postcards about his trek. Fun and highlights how families stay connected over distances.

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Marta! Big & Small | Jen Arena
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Amazing. This simple picture book, appropriate enough for toddlers, manages to not only teach about language with its English/Spanish text, but also covers concepts like opposites, animals, and point of view. This would be fantastic for storytime, with its short length, exciting twist, and wonderful lesson that how others see you is all a matter of perspective.

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Fever 1793 | Laurie Halse Anderson
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YA historical fiction that delves into an epidemic of yellow fever in 1793 Philadelphia. I‘m not usually a fan of historical fiction, but the historical details were interesting & felt realistic & this was more of a story of how a traumatic event can force a child to grow up quickly. Mattie is a great character, starting out as a teen who will do what she can to work as little as possible & shifting into a young woman who steps up to the plate.

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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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I really liked the first in this series, but I found this one frustrating. Lily in particular was hard to listen to, especially for the first 2/3rds of the book. There is nothing that annoys me more than someone who expects the people who love her to read her mind, rather than just speaking up and saying what she needs. The last 1/3rd is better, but this is still just barely a three star read for me.

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The idea behind this is great. Facts about space, accompanied by kid-friendly poems about space. The illustrations are pretty cool. I really liked that the author used a variety of poetic forms. However, the facts seem to be written for a much older audience than the poetry it, and the whole thing doesn‘t quite work.

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Manages to take big concepts and make them manageable. This is able to teach about astronomy, math, and the uniqueness of each human being, all at the same time. Really cool.

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Owl Moon | Jane Yolen
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Love love love that this is about a father/daughter outing. A sweet story with muted, beautiful art about going on a late-night outdoor adventure.

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Scott Kelly spent almost a year living in space. This children‘s picture book uses a mix of photographs and illustrations and a mix of past and present to tell his story. It is quite effective and enjoyable.

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1. Les Miserables
2. Gray. With Wonder Woman on it, natch.
3. Dead to Me. GO WATCH IT NOW. Soooooo good.
4. Narwhals. Oh wait - I only THOUGHT they were imaginary until like five years ago. 😂
#friyayintro @howjessreads

LokiDokey My daughter is obsessed with narwhals. 😃👍 2w
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Elbow Grease | John Cena
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John Cena wrote a picture book, so I put it on hold without knowing anything about it except that. Turns out it is a fun story about grit and gumption and demolition derbies, so my 6-year old was all about that. Fun, bright illustrations.

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Rabbit's Snow Dance | Joseph Bruchac, James Bruchac
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Cute telling of an Iroquois legend about why rabbits have short tails. My son particularly enjoyed rabbit‘s snow chant, and spent the next two hours running around the house yelling it, so maybe not a bedtime story. 😂

ladym30 Love the wee hedgehog❤️ 2w
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Wordplay: TOON Level 1 | Ivan Brunetti
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Mild pick. Cute book about compound words with fun graphics. My 6-year old loved the puns and trying to figure them out from the illustrations.

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A lovely early chapter book that stays faithful to the feel of Anne, while successfully adapting it for younger readers. The illustrations add to the charm.

I mean - look at those #endpapers!!!

GypsyKat 😍💚💚💚 2w
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Beautifully illustrated and Bruchac always does a wonderful job writing informative and approachable descriptions. This one covers a variety of places sacred to different native tribes.

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Fun format, with science and poetry combined, and a bit of humor to boot. The art is great, although I do wish there had also been some real depictions of the planets and other entities described. A well-done introduction to basic astronomical and poetic concepts.

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When Planet Earth Was New | James Gladstone
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A very short, gorgeously illustrated picture book about the evolution of the earth. I always like to find approachable scientific books for children, and this is a great one for the youngest listeners.

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Absolutely adorable. Look this book is disjointed and all over the place and confusing sometimes, but it is also sweet and hilarious and sad and honest. It‘s not a perfect book, but these are perfect characters.

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The art in this would have creeped me out as a kid, but it is fitting for the story. Overall, this is an enjoyable, age-appropriate telling of the origins of Mary Shelley‘s work. But, and this is big, IT ISN‘T TRUE. The author states that she has taken liberties with what happened, & that‘s fine for a fiction book, but not for a book that purports to be an account of a true event. Not okay, especially since it isn‘t mentioned until the very end.

tournevis Let me guess, she erased the underage sex, the polyamory, the booze and the mental illness. 3w
Krisjericho @tournevis She did erase those, but in a way that kids kind of get that they aren‘t getting the full story, so I was okay with that. But she completely made up a part about Mary Wollstonecraft being on Shelley‘s mind while she wrote, where the book was written, and the circumstances around why the writing was taken place. Completely from the author‘s own imagination, and she says so, but not until the note at the very end. 3w
tournevis @Krisjericho So no dark oppressive Swiss nights of booze. Gotcha. Sheesh. 3w
tournevis @Krisjericho You know, it occurres to me that just writing about how these four people wanted to write scary stories for eachother when they were living through the dark Swiss winter would have made for a very compelling book, even without all the nsfw details. 3w
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Very faithful adaptation. My favorite part is Russell‘s use of color - the black and white world is more monotone, with a feeling of sameness, and the color shifts are subtle and fitting. If you like the book, you‘ll like this one.

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Life Sucks | Jessica Abel, Gabriel Soria
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A vampire stuck in a dead-end job (pun totally intended), who refuses to kill people, falls for a goth girls who prefers fake vampires and totally has no idea what she is getting herself into. Parts are funny and parts are sweet or sweetly ironic, but overall, neither the story nor the art is very memorable.

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SERIOUSLY. Harry is the worst. Why do I keep reading these?! He's been shown time and time again that the women in his life are strong and tough and capable and skilled, and yet, he still feels this patronizing need to "protect" the women who are constantly saving his ass. Continued in the comments because I must finish my rant.

Krisjericho He is judgmental and shows a complete lack of insight into his own character when he finds out that Thomas is exactly what he always said he was, Ebenezer isn't perfect, and his mother was less than a paragon. 3w
Krisjericho But damn if I'm not entertained in my irritation, and I get to listen to James Marsters' fabulous narration, and the books are fun rides with all their many, many problems. Hell's bells and stars and stones - I'll probably read the next one, too. 3w
tournevis *looking at you Jim Butcher...* 3w
AutumnRLS They just keep getting better and better and Harry does grow. I love the character arch. Wish I could read them all again for the first time! 3w
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In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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The main characters are girls into online gaming, so that‘s cool, but what I really liked is the message about economics, of all things. It is also a great intro to things not always being an easy divide between black and white, right and wrong. There are always shades of gray. Cute art, too.

kgriffith Nice! 3w
Trashcanman Fear and panic in the air. 3w
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2000s | Stephen Feinstein
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2000 followers!! I love that the only social media I have any influence on is all about books. 😂 Thanks for all the follows!

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 3w
wanderinglynn Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 3w
TheSpineView Congrats! 3w
AnneCecilie Congrats 🎉 3w
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An almost painfully honest graphic memoir about dealing with the aging and death of parents. Chast addresses the humor and the difficult relationships and the resentment unflinchingly, and it becomes a poignant and heartfelt story that made me remember that someday, most of us will have to deal with this for ourselves and our loved ones.

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Archival Quality | Ivy Noelle Weir
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I really enjoyed this one. Cel is a messy, not always nice person who is struggling, and I could feel her desperation to feel better. She takes things out on other people and won‘t get the help she needs, but she feels real. The mystery/ghost/haunting element is the right amount of creepy.

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Got this gorgeous edition on amazon for less than three bucks!

Texreader ❤️ 3w
Oblomov26 Great pick up 3w
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Not sure why Bitmoji made me a Sisyphus bitmoji, but it seems appropriate.

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Lulu Anew | Étienne Davodeau
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Blech. I get it Lulu. I do. You wake up one day & you are middle-aged & have a shitty marriage & no career & you‘ve done nothing with your life. If you had just left your asshole of a husband & run with your kids to the coast & had love affairs & wanderings & experiences, I‘d be on board. But you didn‘t. You abandoned your children with your abusive husband & had your 16-year old daughter take responsibility for them. Nope. Grow the hell up, Lulu.

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The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra | Marc Tyler Nobleman
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The title and cover alone are worth a couple of stars for this one. It certainly made me check it out. The word play here is fun, chupacabra, candelabra, cucaracha...but this is too long, and a little too odd in places.

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Mehso-so

Cute, but trying a little too hard. The art is adorable, but the rhymes were a stretch, and my son was more confused than amused.

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The Good Egg | Jory John
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I relate to this egg on a spiritual level. I wish he had been less accommodating upon his return to his “friends”, but I still loved this book.

Erofan Pretty egg! ❤ 3w
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Cute and fun. The art is appealing, too. Any dinosaur loving kid will like this one.

Clwojick I love that he‘s eating sushi 🍣 3w
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This book is a mix of funny and serious and thought-provoking poetry about motherhood, but specifically, about the early, exhausting, lonely, joyful days of early motherhood. This would have been more relatable for me when my kids were smaller, I think. The one thing I didn‘t like were the poems that put mothers up on a pedestal and made it sound like entire identities were defined by it. A mixed bag, but good overall.

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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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An interesting story and universe with a nice connection between the timelines. I enjoyed the art for the most part, but I wish that the characters were more distinguishable from each other. They are mostly androgynous and waify with short hair and have few distinctive facial features. I would have liked an explanation for why this is a female-only universe. Seems odd to complain that a 533 pg book needs to be more fleshed out, but there you go.

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The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel | Patti Laboucane-Benson
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A compelling and realistic graphic novel. The author develops layered characters who are far from one-dimensional to give a message of healing and recovery that is not too heavy-handed. I thought it glossed over the decision to change and the end results without addressing some practical concerns, but that is a minor critique. The art is really effective.

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Light Filters In: Poems | Caroline Kaufman
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This is how I thought I sounded as a teenage poet. Alas, it was not true. This gets a bit repetitive at times, but the author has a great grasp of imagery and there are some fantastic word choices. Not every poem was great, but most were good, and a few were outstanding. I think Caroline Kaufman is one to watch in the future.