Genre: Children's

Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

After really disliking Otherworld, I was a bit hesitant about borrowing Nightmares!.  This book has been on my TBR for about three years now, added around the same time as Otherworld.  I was hoping that, because most my issues were related to the worldbuilding, I may still enjoy this one.  Add in the fact that Jason narrates this audiobook… and yeah, okay, this one may be alright. *sigh* I still wasn’t a fan.  And that’s a lesson learned – no more of Jason Segal and/or Kirsten Miller for me.  Two of my criticisms with Otherworld were the cartoon-esque villains and poorly researched […]

Posted April 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

So much of me wanted to roll my eyes at the common tropes and general unoriginality in The Book of Three… but then I had to remind myself:  this book was first published in 1964.  A lot of the tired tropes in The Book of Three were fresh and new 54 years ago.  For all the fantasy I read, I rarely stumble across classic epic fantasy I haven’t read before.  That makes this a bit complicated to review. So.  Taking a step back from modern fantasy.  Taking a step back from the diverse themes and relationships woven into a lot of the […]

Posted April 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

It’s positively tragic that I haven’t reviewed Alice in Wonderland before now. I think it’s because Alice is a classic.  It’s not like some of the heavier classics I read – like Inferno or Gone With the Wind – that feel antiquated and need some introduction.  The beauty of children’s classics is their true timelessness.  Even period ones like The Secret Garden and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh snuggle their way into our hearts effortlessly. Alice in Wonderland is like that.  I’ve never met a person unfamiliar with Alice, even if not everyone will love her. And what do I say about this […]

Posted March 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Traditionally, I think Roald Dahl’s books are a quirky delight.  Even if he was sort of a horrible person, his childrens books are memorable and fun.  If you look past the unfortunate things that weaseled their way in. So lets talk about Fantastic Mr. Fox.  If this is a beloved tale from your childhood, you may want to skip this review, because I’m not going to be particularly nice.  A lot of Dahl is woven in my childhood, but not this book, so it’s easier to be objective and grumpy. I’m going to give two different descriptions of the book: Description One: […]

Posted February 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes was required reading when I was in fourth grade, and I gotta be honest, it still holds up 20 years later. This book tells the impossible story of Stanley Yelnats IV, who is sent to prison because he was convicted of stealing a pair of charity auction shoes from a homeless shelter.  He’s put away pretty swiftly, sent to attend Camp Green Lake for juvenile delinquents.  The state hopes it will help him build characters. Of course, it’s really all the fault of his dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. At Camp Green Lake, the boys each dig a five-by-five foot hole.  Not because they’re looking […]

Posted January 23, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

I never read Pippi Longstocking as a child, so I figured – no time like the present!  This is a beloved childrens book to many and I’ve always been aware or Pippi, even without reading about her.  After all, how can one forget about the little girl in with bright red pigtail braids that stick straight out from her head?  I’m pretty sure my mum dressed me as her one year for Halloween when I was little. At 29, Pippi Longstocking is honestly just okay.  I do think that there’s some level of nostalgia that comes into re-reading childrens books as an adult.  I […]

Posted October 27, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //