Review: Frankenstink!: A Cautionary Tale of Garbage Gone Bad

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Frankenstink!: A Cautionary Tale of Garbage Gone Bad by Ron Lightburn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



If I were to rank modern children's books from dreadfully dreadful to daddy-would-read-it-alone, this one lands at the very top of the ones I would read to myself. I have 3 children 8 and under and each and every one of them was rolling around laughing and crying out "yuck" and "ew". These are signs of a great children's book.

I loved the originality of the story and the fact that it was long enough to not be a waste of time but short enough that daddy could get back to watching Comic Book Men on the DVR after my long shift at work. This book is one that I plan to add to our shelf at home since the copy I currently have is an ebook copy provided to me for free by Netgalley in exchange for a review. This is one of those instances where I am gloriously happy to give a children's book my thumbs up and huge stamp of approval!

Frankenstink is a must-have for your children! It teaches the importance of keeping your room clean while making it sound fun (or scary not to)!



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Review: Humpty Dumpty Flip-Side Rhymes

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Humpty Dumpty Flip-Side Rhymes by Christopher Harbo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



So I like the idea of looking at well-known stories from another character's perspective and this book intrigued me as something I may want to read to my children. I received the ebook version for free from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review so perhaps my review is slightly jaded by the fact I never got to hold a physical copy in my hands. With children's books, I think it is somewhat of a necessity to have the book in your hands. Swiping a page turn is not the same thing as holding the page in your hands and I think my 3-year-old appreciates the tactile sensation as well.

Overall I think the book was clever but not especially original. I enjoy rhyming books for children but this one has something lacking. I didn't enjoy it much and neither did my kids.



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Review: My Grandma's a Ninja

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My Grandma's a Ninja by Todd Tarpley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



My kids can be somewhat hard to please when it comes to books I read to them. I think this one falls into the category of books that I enjoyed more than they did. I was sure that the idea of a ninja grandmother would thrill and delight all of my children, from the 3 year old to the 8 year old.... but I was wrong. The 8-year-old was mildly entertained, the 5-year-old sat still with her eyes glazing over, and the 3-year old actually walked away.

Now, I'll admit that the book could have been more clever and original but I still thought it was a fun idea. The writing wasn't dreadful but it wasn't great either (however, I should point out that this rarely matters to my little ones).

This was one of those books that I'd rather read than another Disney princess story... but I guess my chitlins disagree.



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Review: Falling For Rapunzel

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Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Although not quite as funny or clever as Waking Beauty, Leah Wilcox wrote another winner with Falling for Rapunzel. I won't belabor the points I mentioned in my review of Waking Beauty but these books are a brilliant, funny and colorful take on classic princess stories. Since the idea of mentioning anything other than a princess story to my 3 year old is a mortal sin, I am grateful that I discovered these books on my most recent trip to the public library.

I enjoy that these stories don't depict the princesses as helpless as other children's books and will happily admit that these were funny enough to even catch a quick belly laugh from me. I often pretend to laugh at "funny" parts in my kid's books so that they will appreciate the humor but this time I didn't need to pretend.

Falling for Rapunzel is a fantastic children's book that is creative and original. It's a rhyming adventure that I actually enjoyed reading to my own little princess!



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Review: Waking Beauty

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Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I'm always in search of children's books to read to my 3 year old that don't bore me to tears. I have grown tired of the pile of crappy children's books on my kid's shelves that seem to recycle the same thing over and over again. Of course, there are the old classics from my childhood but my children don't seem to latch on to them like I did.

For my daughters, princesses and all things girly is the key but I get a bit annoyed with the silly fairytales and blubbery princess stories that depict weak, helpless females. I'm not a feminazi by any means but I want to raise my daughters to be strong, independent women with minds of their own, not a sideline to a heroic prince.

What I love about this hilarious rhyming take on Sleeping Beauty is that it twists the whole idea of a helpless princess just right. It's clever and funny enough that even I chuckled several times. As I've mentioned in other reviews, I enjoy reading books to my children that rhyme. I delight in the way the words sound coming off my tongue and appreciate the lyrical playfulness of them. I think my kids feel the same way, but then again I've never asked.

This book was a lucky find at the public library and one that I think I may actually buy if I can find it. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed it and if I'm telling the truth, so did I.



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Review: Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers

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Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers by Jim McCann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Mind The Gap is one of Image Comics adult-oriented crime dramas. This specific graphic novel collects issues 1-5 in the series and I believe the series ended at #17 or 18 (don't quote me on that) and I haven't seen new issues floating around so I'm assuming the series may have been cancelled. Regardless, Vol 1 is a great start to what seems like a fantastic series! I had seen issues poking around in the past during trips to the comic shop but never picked one up.

The story is very similar to that movie from a few years back where some girl is attacked and in a coma and is trying to solve her own attack and prevent her murder while out of her body. The movie sucked but fortunately this is a slightly different take on that and does a very good job of bringing in interesting characters and plot twists.

I think the artwork is great and the story is well written. If the series is indeed dead then it's a grand shame because I may have actually started investing in this one....



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Review: Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism

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Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism by Stanley B. Burns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Stiffs, Skulls and Skeletons is a unique and beautiful book of medical photography that will likely appeal to a very limited number of people. I happen to be one of those people. I was provided with an electronic copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. While my experience looking at these photographs and reading the fascinating histories was extremely enjoyable, I would imagine that the experience would be significantly better with a hard copy in my hands. It's hard to appreciate a book of photography while you scroll through it on your computer.

Other than this small complaint, I think this is a great coffee table book for anyone interested in medical history. It would be a pleasure to place you the desk of a doctor's office. The photographs are stunning and capture a great part of history which I am proud to be involved in.



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