Genre: Children's

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

So nobody really talks about it anymore, and I don’t know any friends who have read these tales to their children, but Beatrix Potter is such a classic.  These short tidbits, written over a hundred years ago, are so familiar today.  It was such strange nostalgia going back not just to childhood favorites, but to stories I remember having read to me, and the memory of illustrated collections we used to have. I’m going to try something a bit different here, because this is a collection of very short children’s stories.  So, rather than try to summarize the collection as […]

Posted September 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

What a well done middle grade novel. 🙂 A lot of middle grade novels feel a bit overly ridiculous for no reason, throwing any sensible storyline to the wind, preferring ridiculous humor to a sensible plot.  Tuesdays at the Castle maintains a more-or-less clever storyline, but doesn’t sacrifice the troublesome wink of humor so common in middle grade. In Tuesdays at the Castle we have three main characters and a variety of friends and villains.  The characters do lack a bit of depth, becoming more and more shallows the more minor their role.  Even Princess Cecelia if not very well fleshed […]

Posted September 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Although I have seen some shining reviews for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, this book landed on my TBR because of a album by folk singer S.J. Tucker.  Folk music can be really hit or miss, and I feel like those who enjoy it particularly latch on to certain artists and I love S.J. Tucker.  So first of all, if you like the Fairyland series, check out her album Wonder, which is inspired by the series and created with Cathrynne M. Valente’s blessing.  My particular favorite song on the album is “Ask Me Anything”. Okay! […]

Posted July 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
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 //